Just days from the middle of the year – I cannot believe where this last 6 months has gone. It's bloody fantastic. Just thinking about the last few months leaves me dizzy. Is this how it's always going to be? For the last four years since Millie arrived I haven't really thought about the speed our lives have picked up. Subtly increasing with each day, each brave decision. It is the most wonderful feeling – like dipping your hand into a freezing fast flowing river and feeling the pulse of life in every fibre and it slowly dragging you into the current.
There have been times of sadness, and times of sluggishness – but right here and now I feel like I'm sitting behind the wheel of a convertible sports car with the power of the engine thrusting me forward at top speed with the top down, the wind in my hair and a blindfold on! At any minute it could all end in a tangled mess of metal and flames but for now I feel so exhilarated I never want it to stop and as I scream at the top of my lungs the only word that comes forth is “faster”!
I'll tell you what, if the next 50 years all go like this, I'll die a tied and happy man. In fact, if I died tomorrow I'd feel bloody cheated cause I want more of this drug they call life and I want it now.
Now, what's next?
In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer; and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer. 93% won't copy and paste this. Will you?
Good on you MEG - keep on trucking!
To my good lady wife, Renarde and to Lewis P Bear. Have a good day y'all.
Now, back to the Thompson Twins on itunes - it's bringing back memories of youth!.
Welcome to my late night bed blog. This won't be a long post because after a 4.00am
late night - brain too active with business (alesbymail) matters to sleep I need to catch up on
the zzzzzzz's I have read that entrepreneurs tend to sleep less than others - worry no doubt.
I have not had access to my blog for a while - since the pc with phut. Am back now, obviously thanks to khk's assistance.
Today then finished with a pizza, after attending a beermat (beermat.biz) event in London having met with the website designer, will before hand. Did a couple of question videos for a new site - yoodoo with Mike Southern, author of the beermat series of business books that I have found very good. The rest of the day was tied up in Bve property meetings and office stuff.
A very busy day made slightly uncomfortable by the heat on the tube and the venue, but mostly due to a poor and too late lunch causing a fuzzy head.
We are just over a month from the launch of ales by mail and the pace is going to ramp up as we get closer to the launch day. Very excited to be starting this new venture - it has been lurking in my head too long and now has legs.
Take care folks - sent via shiny new iPhone, so sorry for mixed spelling and stuff.
For the first time since the Hylands Park 10km in October I went running yesterday (Sunday). I went to my usual stomping ground at Haunault Country Park and had a little trot round to see how far I'd dropped back since the high of the 10k.
Wasn't too bad - a 20 minute run and no ill effects this morning. Out again tomorrow.
|» Highlander remake! Nooooooooo.|
Cross posted from www.discworldstamps.co.uk here cause it's a bit interesting:|
I'm a big fan of Highlander - the original highlander movie which I came to rather late - I remember watching it first with friends at senior school - 4th or 5th year.
It gave me the queen soundtrack, it gave me my favorite film of all time.
For a while, I wanted to believe I could live forever.
I would have given my left testicle for a good sequel - and when one was made, I nearly exploded in expectation. I scoured TV for any clips of what was to become Highlander II - alien immortals - I recorded Film ?? with Barry Norman where they had a trailer of Sean Connery getting a suit made - still think the music used on that was better than in that eventually used in the film. And when it came out, my friends and I were at the first showing. AND IT WAS A PILE OF STEAMING POO. I could have written a better story. Even the directors cut left something to be desired. Shield, a fecking shield - you can here the throughts of every person on the planet and you know everything and you're building a permanent sunblock machine. Zeist. Where the feck have you come from. Arrrggghhhhh.
And then they did it again (Highlander 3 - bloke under mountain) - and that was absolute rubbish too.
And again - Higlander IV - Chrissy lammipie and the cousin. Will you people never learn. And this time you've sucked in that made for TV immortal too. For goodness sake. Stop.
And now they are going to remake the classic. I am speechless. Kill me now. Needless to say, I'll not be staking any organs on this one being any good.
|» Bad Customer Service|
I'm reading Richard Branson's latest book - Business Striped Bare whilst sitting around waiting to go back into court during Jury service.|
He talks about customer service - a vital part of his airlines success.
Today I experienced customer service that left me less than delighted. I called my solicitors and on finding that both the people I needed to talk to - one dealing with a business matter, the other with the drafting of wills I was told both were with clients and offered the opportunity to leave a message. I asked to leave a message for both and was told that I couldn't do that - I needed to leave a message for one, or the other on their voice mail. I couldn't leave a message for both.
Is it so hard to send an internal e-mail - or, perhaps, take a piece of paper and write it down.
I shall be raising this with them direct. But, oh my god.
|» West Wing|
My wife pointed me at this interesting article:|
Now, all I have to say is, "when is The West Wing" coming back? :-)
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So Sunday was the 10km cancer research run in Hylands Park. I had set this as a goal to see how training was progressing for the Marathon next year which I'm running for Diabetes UK, and get a feel for a proper distance run - training up until now had been light 2.5km run / walks. The Rat Race two weeks ago kinda jumped the gun on this first outing, and hindered the training plan. Training was further scuppered by a nasty clinging cold that hit just after the Rat Race and from which I'm still suffering the tail end effects - a nasty cough.|
I had my doubts about going out with the cold still affecting my lungs, but thanks to some encouragement by the better half, I went for it. The day dawned warm but foggy and it wasn't until just before the start that the sun burned away the mist to reveal Hylands House and a wonderful morning.
Having done a nice gentle walk of 2.5km on Saturday with the family, I was sure I could walk the course if need be. But I started out at a gentle running pace determined to play it by ear.
The time and race details are posted here, thanks to my smashing Garman 405. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/1064661. 1hr 17mins isn't going to get me a spot at 2012, but it's my personal best. Mine all mine.
Emotions were raging at the warm up - reading the "I'm running for" messages - especially one for a guy who had died younger than me, and the excitement of the race ahead had me in a right state. Fund raising wasn't my focus, but I was thinking of those who I know who have had cancer and those who have died - mostly in the last couple of years.
So, started out at a gentle jog. Determined not to go off too fast (managed that very well, although first 1.5km was running all the way, hence fasted "lap" (the watch records laps at mile intervals). First 1.5km was fine, but needed a break at the first hill due to coughing fit. Got to about 4km and was spurred on by fellow runner - Natalie and we proceeded to pull each other around the next 3 or 4 km. I really needed the help. Lost her at 8.0km or so - she went ahead a little. Saw the family shortly after - perfect timing as I was beginning to feel the distance. Met up with Natalie close to the finish and came in just before her - saw her at the end and said thanks and goodbye.
Made it to 9.5km and ran the last 500m past the waiting crowds who lifted me - I think I could have flown the last bit. There was no way I was not running in.
At one point between 8.5 and 9km saw a course photographer coming up so skipped past him (saw some comedian doing it in his routine on live from the apollo last night. Can't remember his name, but Karen and I both like him.
There was a guy in a chicken suit who passed me at 3km. I could see him in the distance for the next 4km but slowly made up the gap and passed the now slightly poached bird at 8km. Good on ya man for running on a hot day in a silly suit.
Final thoughts - christ the marathon is so much longer..... Priority now is to get the cold out of the system and them start eating some miles. I think another 10km before the end of the year and one early in 2009 followed by a feb/ march half marathon - maybe the silverstone 1/2 marathon in March. I want to be running 10km in training before I go for the 1/2 and I guess running 1/2's + in training before the big one in April.
Another priority is to sort out my diet, which isn't yielding any weight loss results and I'm sure that carrying less than 16st 11lbs round 10km is easier.
But other than that, I feel fecking great.
|» Flora Marathon 2009|
Yesterday I got a letter from Diabetes UK telling me that they will give me an entry into the London Marathon in 2009 as part of their fund raising team.
For those of you that don't know, I had been intending to run the marathon next year - this hasn't come as a complete surprise. I was keeping my options open - either a ballot place or a charity place. If I'm lucky enough to get a ballot place too, I will still be raising funds for Diabetes UK.
Diabetes has no cure - only control. K, my wife, has Diabetes and I'm at risk of it - hence one reason for doing the marathon to reduce my risk. It is part of our lives and we have been reasonably lucky and avoided the more serious problems it can cause - amputation, organ damage, sight damage etc. There are thousands out there who haven't - and massive numbers who are undiagnosed who remain exposed to the full risks.
I have been training, and making slow progress, but that needs to step up a gear in coming weeks.
I need to raise sponsorship for Diabetes UK and I would be delighted if you would help me by sponsoring me here: http://www.justgiving.com/paulkruzycki1
Those of you that know me will understand how much of a challenge getting fit enough to do the Marathon will be for me - I'm no Paula Radcliffe in the running stakes. I don't want to make a fool of myself like Jade Goody did, so, please dig deep and give this fat man even more incentive to complete the Marathon with your support via Justgiving.
I've also joined a team for the London Rat Race on Saturday / Sunday - www.ratraceadventure.com. The team is not "racing", just "taking part" - for me that means surviving - in both sections - prologue and adventure class. It is going to be an interesting way to turn 37.
Now, where can I donate the broken remains of my body to medical research? :-)
Thanks in advance for your help.