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Friday, 28 October 2011

Very bizzare ... but it is Halloween weekend !

For some very wierd reason this very song with its'amazing lyrics played very loud in the office today, of all days .... and I'd never heard it played there before ! ....  Was it telling me something?
Amazing film too .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8

Born To Be Wild lyrics / Steppenwolf
Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

Yeah, darlin'
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightnin'
Heavy metal thunder
Racing in the wind
And the feeling that I'm under

Yeah, darlin'
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature child
We were born
Born to be wild
We can climbed so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Amazing BIG DAY - Thursday 27 October ... and let there be many more!

I amazingly overcame my biggest fear yesterday.
I finally knew I couldn't leave it any longer and took the courage to ask my work to take this special "time off". 
What would the answer be?  I had no idea!
And why was I so nervous ?  I don't know but maybe it was because I really wanted a positive answer.
So what do you think the answer was?
All these months of palpatations and worry erased ...

YES! YES! YES! YES! and another YES! Thank you!

The most wonderful answer, silly me, but a bit emotional knowing one of the biggest hurdles (besides having already told Mum) had been successfully overcome and I have security to come back to.
So the reality of making  it possible is getting a little closer - or maybe a lot closer!

Life is funny - it's everything or nothing, famine or feast - sometimes everything happens all at the same time - like today !

Amazing thing #2 - I took my Bonnie in to be repaired and was given a brand new Bonnie from Jack Lilley Triumph to use and wow what a bike and a half !  Amazing to ride it and know this is the same bike I'd be trying to get over in the US - so much power and acceleration - I could just feel that wind and warm sunshine on those long roads!

Amazing thing #3 - I talked to them about the trip when I dropped the bike off, just by chance meeting the owner and they seemed genuinly interested in the sort of trip I was planning with the unique slant of this woman travelling on her own across the open roads "less travelled".   Really thought they would think me 1) unrealistic and/or 2) heard this story so many times before ..

Amazing thing #4 - My good friend Bob (and an incredible film screen writer) over in Boston where I'm looking to start the trip is a the fantastic journalist for one of the Boston newspapers and is interested to do some coverage as I used to live over there ... As he emailed back "I just realized that we might be able to do that because you are a former Weston resident!!!! and we cover Weston, (aka  -town outside Boston).  If you could send me a few lines about your trip I'll see if I can get them in the paper!"

So creativity got the better of me for an initial strap line (he has a good sense of humour)
"Weston resident going West...on ... a bike !"

So let's see - but it all sounds like a good start in the right direction .... Westbound!  

Saturday, 22 October 2011

3rd time lucky ...or do we make our own luck ?

So I've now welcomed lodger #3 this week and just hope she stays longer than the others! 
That was a  job in itself finding someone and also whose paying a lot less than the other 2 but at least it's some money coming in for the trip - something is better than nothing.  Greed could also have stopped me but I'm now at the stage where months are running away and every little bit is good.

The bet on the Arc in Paris was a no go and didn't even come in 3rd - so not lucky on that front which makes me realize that we don't get things for nothing - you have to work for it ....

Talking about work, I received good news this week that I'll get a bit of commission on some business I generated from France for the rugby 6 Nations - Merci beaucoup ! :) 

So lesson from this - do we play the lottery and dream of winning - yes of course we can,  but we'll never have control in the outcome ...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

The Heat's now on !

The heat's now on both physically and mentally ...
It's 4.30 on Sunday morning and too warm to sleep.  So let's blog.  This weekend has recorded the highest ever temperatures since records started - 30 degrees in October - something is not quite normal !

The heat's also rising, with time helplessly going by too quickly, to really know if I'm ever going to be able to do the trip in the shorter and shorter timescale.

Like horse racing (I'll come to that!) there's lots of obstacles - tenant is leaving next week so I need to find a new one quick - I'm seeing a possible new one this morning - so let's see!  Not that easy, already saw 2 last week who finally found something else - Lesson - don't get de-motivated - there must be a better solution somewhere!

I've also decided that if I'm doing this trip, I'm going to tell the bosses at the end of the year to give them enough time to digest and sort the short sabbatical away (for god's sake it's not a year I'm wanting just one and a bit month! :)).  Otherwise I'lll also have too many palpitations over Christmas thinking about it !

Oh yes, horse racing ... It's the L'Arc de Triomphe today and I'm going for "So You Think" ....
Yes I do think I can and I hope he can win too!