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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

I Invited Friends To Buy Me A Drink Via The Wetherspoon App And Here's What Happened

Pub chain Wetherspoon have an app where you can order food and drink without leaving your table.  It's really easy to use and you can pay using your debit card or Paypal and it would be a godsend in a busy bar.  But there's an extra layer of fun to be had because ANY person with the app can order ANY food or drink item to be presented at ANY pub.  I've seen it in action a couple of times and thought it was time to give it a try myself.  

What could possibly go wrong?

Picture the scene... it's Easter Sunday, I'm already a little bit tipsy and I find myself in the Postal Order pub in Blackburn. I share my table number and a fun picture to my friends on Facebook and Twitter and ask them to buy me a drink.  I honestly don't expect many people to respond but HOLY HELL they did me proud.

After I shared our table number we waited.  Friends were commenting on the Facebook post advising me to "sit tight" and letting me know what they'd ordered. About half an hour passed but no drinks or random bowls of peas arrived.

I nipped to the bar and explained that there had been some orders placed via the app for Table 55 but nothing had arrived. A member of staff explained that they'd received a huge amount of orders so they'd checked with the people sat at "table 55" and they'd denied all knowledge of ordering anything.  It was at this point that the staff realised that they'd visited the wrong table and jumped into action to rectify the situation.

This is what arrived.

I Invited Friends To Buy Me A Drink Via The Wetherspoon App And Here's What Happened

There were a couple of items that couldn't be delivered - I'm not sure what they were - and the staff were very wary that, even though it was their fault, closing time was fast approaching.  They promised that the undelivered items would be refunded and we promised that we would try and drink up quickly. 

The gins were gorgeous and everything else got us extremely pissed, extremely quickly. It was a novel idea and kept us highly amused.  It also proves that my friends are up for a laugh but I owe so many drinks out now!! 

I might try this again sometime!