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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Knock Knock

Matthew 7:7
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you

I think this passage is taken a little too literally at our house.  Leading on from the fact that when the telephone rings and is almost never for me, let us now talk about answering the door.  I am convinced that the population of Blackburn, aged 16 or under, have installed a version of a two-way mirror into the side wall of our house.

We sit down for a meal... any meal... it doesn't matter what time of day it is but you can guarantee that approximately 4.8 seconds after I pick up my knife and fork someone will start hammering on the front door. It's the same when we've cleared up after said meal and I go to sit down in the lounge.  This time, I am allowed to get comfortable before I am disturbed.

*knock knock*
I wait
*knock knock*
a bit louder this time but I still wait
I know it's not for me
it's for one of the boys
*knock knock*
(rhetorical question
I open the door with a smile on my face

Jake is usually out playing already so I direct his friends to where he has gone (why the HELL they don't look first is beyond me - it's always one of three places: the cul-de-sac across the road, Alex's trampoline or the park)
Michael is usually in his bedroom, with the door pushed to, with his X-Box game and music and computer all at full blast.  If it is one of his friends I usually shout "MICHAEL... MICHAEL... MICHAEL... (as loud as I can get) MICHAEL... DOOR!!
He comes down and asks if his friend(s) can come in.  He knows they can but I appreciate him asking anyway.  All friends take off their shoes, head off upstairs and that's it from them for about three hours.

*knock knock*
Hello, is Jake in?
He's already out
(repeat approximately 6 times over the course of an evening)
*knock knock*
Is Biscuit in? (Michaels nickname - long story)
erm... cue more hollering up the stairs
*knock knock*
Hi, Kev asked me to bring this radio round
Come in.  Do you want a brew?
*knock knock*
Have you got the Betterware catalogue?

ad infinitum

What do you notice about that display of activity in the O'Hara household?
That's right....

I'm going on strike.  Or getting a butlers outfit! Or I'm going to start putting notices on the front door like at Buckingham Palace...

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