Friday, October 12, 2007

Motivation for fatcats.

20k- 2hours 15, which was dandy. Got a slight cramp in my left calf over in Orwell Gardens, I was stretching it out when a lady stopped and tapped me on the shoulder.
I removed my earphones and gazed sweatily at her.
'Got a cramp?' Said she.
'Yes.' Said I, resisting an golden opportunity to point to my straight leg and my gritted expression.
'Ohh, they're very painful.'
'They are indeed.'
'Well, good luck with that.'
And off she toddled. Which leaves me to wonder exactly what it is about my face that attracts old folk and their pithy comments. They take my drinks, shout at me and then actually tap me to pass comment. And another thing, it's all within a two mile radius of Rathgar. Are the oldies in Rathgar just chattier? Lonelier? Cheekier? What? It can't be me, I can't imagine I look that approachable with my lobster red head and pained expression, so what on earth is it?
And also, to the gardai in Rathmines. If you want to do a big dramatic screech onto the footpath outside Tescos to scare the pants off a 15 year old in a red hoodie, maybe watchout for the runner on the actual fucking footpath, you great big pair of lugs.



Anonymous STIPES212 said...

EVERYONE within a 2 mile radius of Rathgar were in the GPO in 1916. As you have observed our brave boys-in-blue are indeed fearless when it comes to tackling the HOODIES

7:39 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I think some people regard exercise as not really all that serious so they assume they can just break in and chat. Because you're there and available. Maybe they think you're out for conversation as a distraction?

7:46 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

My brother attracts old ladies like rusks attract the gummy. Even when he had blue hair and a nose-ring they loved him and, hideously, would get quite saucy with him. They were always getting him to go and fix gates or dig potatoes or something and then they'd lure him in with tea and homebaking. Superannuated floosies they were.

7:58 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

They're the last of the old decency, those elderly types who treat you like a neighbour. I remember taking the bus into town in the old days you'd hear some aul wan's litany of medical complaints before you hopped off the platform at Greene's.

Enjoy them while you can, in a few years they'll be gone and the next generation of old folks will be safely confined to nursing homes while the cash-for-assets lenders turn their homes into shareholder dividend.

11:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Indeed Stipes, UTTERLY fearless the were.
Medbh, you could be right. I'm quite bemused by it really.
The paramour has that gift too Sam. Old ladies love him and do a lot of 'patting' him in conversations. I'm always muttering 'oooh young maaaan' at him when it happens. Even the most miserable old bitch in the world, a lady who worked in a shop near my old arpatment used to twitter at him, while treating the rest of us customers as scum.

11:22 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Mornin' Conan, we crossed in the bloggy ether.
I don't know about them dying out, there seems to be an abundance of them around here. I don't mind them, it just makes me laugh that they find my pink faced efforts so amusing.
Golly, having spent much of the morning sprawled in bed with the bigger of the cats I'm almost fully recovered from my carlsberg inflicted suffering, huzzah to that.

11:26 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Even the cheapest German beer will leave your brain cells intact for the morning. I recommend them, even Aldilidl Pils.

Carliken and other forms of beerpee brewed here ('under license' etc) are velly velly blee for the bwain!

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

So it would thweem. I am of the opinion that an hour or two in the gym will help.

11:57 a.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Vitamins and water. Flushes out the bad stuff nicely.
The elderly women take to Mr. M as well. Strange. That old bag down the block who hates when I walk by with Jack coos at him when he does.
But they don't paw him.

11:42 p.m.  
Anonymous cooper green said...

20k and all you have is a cramp? Personally, I would be negotiating my way to the nearest gurney. And maybe that's it. Maybe these seniors are contemplating what they see as your nearness to to the hereafter, and simply want to say hello instead of actually saying they hope you arrive before they do.

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Medbh, give them time, if he slows down there'll be petting.
Cooper hello, I see your point I really do and part of me also says, wow 20k that was tremendous, you couldn't have done that a few months back and, and,'s not even half a marathon so shut up and get going.
Then I start panicking slightly.

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