I was intently listening to an interview on the radio this morning about Extreme Underwater Ironing. I clearly need to get out more.
Apparently there are groups of people from Buenos Ayres to Berlin who can’t wait for the weekends to drag their ironing boards and irons to the bottom of the ocean for a photo opportunity. Just for a bit of harmless fun ......you know ....like watching paint dry. The better staged the shot, either with props or location, the more extreme it is. Originality is the key, and a warped sense of humour can play a big part as well.
How can I look at an ironing board in the same way again?..Well the truth is I've never looked at an ironing board for a long time....I believe it’s too much of an extreme sport on dry land let alone thousands of feet under. C’est la vie. I did notice though that 99% of the divers are men. They clearly see the ironing board as some kind of novelty.
Maybe we need to turn household chores into extreme sports to increase the take-up rate. Put your thinking caps on....
Speaking of a warped sense of humour, I haven’t done an update about The Des in a while (my dear old Dad).
Unlike everyone else in my family he doesn’t mind getting exposure on my blog. He's had another birthday since you last saw him and he's now 83.
The great thing is, he’s still experiencing some firsts.
There he is – in his skinny jeans. G-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! I had to edit my mother out, she's less inclined to enjoy the free publicity.
So what's so special about the jeans?
I bought them for him for Christmas and....they are actually Des’ first pair of jeans! He’s a Virjean no more! Hard to imagine, in this day and age isn't it?
He reckons he never really had the figure for them before now. It was the topic of conversation among his grand kids all over Christmas (especially when a few of them realised he takes a smaller size than they do!) and they are taking bets as to when he will get his first tattoo (or take his first Extreme Ironing dive perhaps).
No matter the state of his health his sense of humour continues to burn bright. Take today, for example, I caught him bragging no end about his wife (yes, my lovely Mum). I heard him telling a neighbour that he is married to a woman with the body of a 29 year old. My jaw dropped. No, he hasn’t swapped his wife for a newer model. His current wife had some heart tests done last week and the doctor said she had the arteries of a 29 year old. And true to form, Des had to put a spin on it! Perhaps it’s true what they say, laughter is the best medicine.
I don't know about you but since I've been blogging I take happy snaps everywhere.
I cannot even go to the supermarket without taking photos. In fact I took so many this week that I had to explain to the store manager that I really wasn't spying for the opposition. I just needed them for my blog..... even though I never use 95% of the pictures I take. But hey, this chocolate made me smile. Sorry its so blurry - store security were chasing me at the time. It's called The Marital Bliss Bar - 50% for her (pink) and 50% for him. Looks like a fair distribution to me!
And finally, I will leave you with a question -
There is a billboard (this is true) along I-35 near Wyoming, Minn., with a huge photo of former president George W. Bush and this question:
"Miss Me Yet?"
Well do ya??