Monday, 18 June 2012
Father's Day Weekend
I found a lottery ticket in the front garden whilst weeding, snipping and tidying up on Saturday. I've not done the lottery for years as it gave me a depression I could do without, basically every Monday I'd walk into work in a complete rage that I hadn't won on Saturday and could tell them where to stick the job. I realised this was not good for my temperament and stopped doing the lottery! This ticket was rainwashed and sun bleached but all legible - we checked - it didn't have any winnings on it. Now there would have been a dilemma - say it had had outstanding winnings on it what would you do? Claim them and keep schtum? Advertise the ticket as lost and found? In many ways I was glad there was no winnings on it, no dilemma as it went in the recycling bin. Father's Day was very nice. The kids got me the usual selection of offensive and non-offensive cards. Also they got me the new Rush CD Clockwork Angels, Blu-Ray of Slash live in Stoke and a Sebastian Faulks novel I've not read. Super stuff. We then went to Brands Hatch for the mini festival. Lovely day, we all got sunburnt! I know in the middle of June in England - who'd have thought it! The main thing in the day was though that we as a family still all have a hankering to get a mini - we ought to do it sometime. There were a couple of old classic restored ones for around £4000 but whilst I'd love one looking in the engine bays at distributor caps, carburetors etc. brought back memories of our old Metro where I was forever with the bonnet up replacing rotor arms, filling the oil in the carburetor dampers, taking the rocker cover off and adjusting the tappets etc. etc. There is much to be said for todays cars, they may not have the character but they don't require much knowledge or time in keeping them running.