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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..7 March 2014

Just sitting here waiting for Jo and Kate to arrive as we are going out for dinner. It is funny what pops into your mind sometimes, distant memories that you thought were long forgotten, some that you wish would stay forgotten.

I am reminded of a time I was on a business trip to Sydney, waiting for a plane to my next destination Melbourne. This was quite a long time ago, it must be at least 15 years. It was the night of an awards presentation in Melbourne for AFL footballers, and some of the elite players of the time from the Sydney Swans were about to board the same plane. I remember there was Tony Lockett, Paul Kelly, Wayne Schwass, and one of my son Blake’s heroes Michael O’Loughlin.

Michael was a player of Aboriginal extraction, a very good player with a large following, and I felt I owed it to Blake to get his autograph. Wouldn’t that make me a great Dad, at least for the moment.

Anyway we boarded the plane and as luck would have it Michael O’Loughlin was sitting within arm’s length so I summoned my courage and asked him for an autograph. I suppose the players must get sick of this but I could not let the opportunity pass. I explained the autograph was for my son, Michael smiled and took the pad and pen I offered and signed his autograph. I was mortified, and very embarrassed, when he gave me back the autograph signed by Adam Goodes, another Aboriginal player with the Sydney Swans.

Adam could hardly contain his mirth, he took my mistake with good grace and smiled broadly as he got off the plane before me. Fortunately for me he had gone by the time I slinked out of the plane, if only the floor could have opened up and swallowed me. I hope it made for a funny story with his football mates later that night.

I wonder whether Adam Goodes still remembers the idiot that mistook him for Michael O’Loughlin. If my memory serves me correctly he went on to win AFL Rookie of the Year at the award ceremony.

Fortunately for me Blake was just as happy with Adam’s autograph as he would have been with Michaels. I got my brownie points at the expense of my dignity.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..26 May 2013

Fortunately I do not have to eat humble pie tonight, the Mighty Adelaide Crows having beaten North Melbourne by one point. With 10 minutes to go and 30 points down I thought we were goners but the boys came back in championship style. From 11th to 6th on the ladder in one foul swoop, knocking Port Power out of the top 8, keep it up boys and do the fans and yourselves proud.

Speaking of humble pie Brian did some baking today, he made lime tarts and a peach slice, a mighty fine effort as well. I must say that Brian’s culinary skills have come a long way, today he even cleaned up his own mess. 🙂

Sunday night television is becoming boring, I used to like Escape to the Country but tonight’s episode was boring with a capital B so I did not even finish watching it. The Block was not bad but as for everything else, that is why I am upstairs blogging a bit earlier than usual.

There is not much more to say tonight other than a brief word about the racial vilification slur against Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans during Friday night’s AFL game. The person who delivered the slur was a 14 year-old-girl, and although nothing can excuse her actions I have to wonder what her home life is like, either way enough has been said, let’s move on.

Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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