Monday, 20 October 2008

60th Birthday

Just to show that although we have moved onto a boat we have not lost our sophistication, well Noreen hasn't lost hers I never was known for my sophistication, I was once referred to as "a rather Brash chap" that's an officers way of saying, don't upset him. I digress. We still attend the odd charity function, Ball and posh do. This weekend we were at a 60th birthday party at the Imperial hotel Llandudno. Black tie do everyone looked very smart and very nice it was too. The birthday party was A 60th birthday for Noreen's long term friend of 55 years Maurine, they have been friends since they were 5 when they started school. I shall Now embarrass Maurine by saying she is the kindest, nicest, most flamboyant person I know, her generosity knows no bounds you have to know her to believe her. We also caught up with some old friends Tom who I started work with as a trainee manager for Fortes at Belle vue Manchester 1963, Geoff who I shared a Bus journey with from Blackpool to Manchester 1964, I remember beer was involved but remember very little else. I will also mention Marjorie and Silvia two beautiful ladies who are also Maurine and Noreen's school friends, I remember taking Marjorie home once on my Lambretta scooter I thought I was dead cool (Marjorie didn't) and many more friends who attended, all in all it was a very pleasant and interesting evening, However it got me to thinking how little we have changed over the past 45 years.
I think most have finished up were they set out to be all those years ago, and that made me remember this story. Hang on its a long one.

An American business man went to Mexico for a holiday, he was on the beach when he saw a fisherman selling some fish. he was curious to know how the fisherman controlled his life and asked how long does it take to catch this fish, Well the fisherman said some days I fish some days I do not, when I have caught enough fish to sell and feed my family I stop. I come home play with the children, go for a drink with my friends, play my guitar, go home have a sleep, make love to my wife, and when we need more money I catch more fish.
Well the American said if you fished more you would catch more fish and have more money,
Yes the fisherman said but what would I do then,
Well said the American you could buy another boat and have people working for you.
Yes said the fisherman but what would I do then?
Well said the American you could buy a processing plant and sell your fish all over the world
Yes said the Fisherman but what would I do then?
Well said the American you could take your family to America start a multinational company, have a mansion, have a huge office.
Yes said the fisherman but what would I do then.
Well said the American. you would have enough money to live on the beach.
Catch fish when you want, play with the children, drink with your friends, play your guitar, make love to your wive and sleep in the afternoon.


This is what you get in the winter months on a boat. I have far to much time to think.

sorry no pics but if anyone wants to put some on please do.

by Alan

Fish Fingers

1 comment:

maryanne said...

love this Dad, you must be getting wiser in your old age x xlove ya
You are already "There" and if your "There". Then i am on my way xxxx