Thursday, 12 May 2016

Another Day, Another Lunatic


A sunny day and the " Marian " lane seemed almost black with mayflies this morning. Everyone seems out in the sunshine. Fan of  The Walking Dead pensione John  escorted Auntie Glad to the town bus still holding his mug of tea and policeman Ian could be seen chatting to Basil the farmer at the top of High Street, they both waved. I thought I'd spied Trendy Carol driving by, wearing something interesting in chiffon but I couldn't be sure. The sun was too bright on the main road.

Mary and I had just reached  The Crown ( for those that don't know, The Crown in the village pub) when, far in the distance we spied a strange figure emerging from the heat haze on the road.
The vision looked almost ethereal
It reminded me of Omar Sharif on that camel scene in Lawrence Of Arabia
Slowly......details started to emerge from out of the mirage,
Until finally Gay Gordon on his invalid trolley trundled magnificently into view
" Hello Flower" he bellowed " Nice day for a drive!" Obviously oblivious of the string of usually fast moving traffic wanting to pass....
" You'll kill yourself on that thing" I called out after the final lorry had rumbled by
And Gordon bellowed out a lusty laugh....." My legs needed an airing" pointing at his corned beef shins.........bugger knows just where he had been!
Mary bounced up into his lap,she as most dogs seem to like this strange loud  village character and Gordon was thrilled to find out her name as his " lady friend" with whom he shares his life is also called Mary. Big Mary, as you may remember looks like a large cheerful scatter cushion with half the stuffing removed.!

A delivery van wizzed by, inches from Gordon's oversized shopping basket, but he didn't seem to notice and I said my goodbyes. " see you soon!" I called
"TALLY HO!" He sang out as the invalid trolley shot off into the village!
There is something almost valiant about Gordon I always think!



41 comments:

  1. oh boy, that photo makes me nervous!

    enjoy your long awaited spring

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  2. Your adventures and outings recorded here make the village so alive! We're so lucky you share it with us.

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  3. those idiot drivers need to slow down! and BRAVO to gordon for getting out and about; a little sunshine never hurt anyone!

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  4. Gay Gordon looks a lot younger and thinner than I imagined him to be, my minds eye saw him as a more portly chap. He also looks a little taller even with him sat on his chariot x

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    1. He's lost a lot of weight over the past year

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    2. He looks well on it x

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  5. There is a 5 story brick apartment building about half a mile from where I live that is designed specifically for people with physical restrictions, so we see them out in their little carts all the time. Some follow the rules for traffic, but quite a few don't. They expect traffic to stop for them which is not good because some of them travel on very busy roads.

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    1. In prestatyn ( the nearest town) its like Whacky Races

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  6. So this is Gay Gordon.Nice to meet him! A chipper chap (say that 3 times!!) by the sounds of it.
    I am intrigued with the term you use.....'invalid trolley'.
    The term we use here is 'motorized wheel-chair'. I will have to tell my father this term, the hospital staff want him to get one of these.

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    1. I use the term for dramatic effect jimbo....I like the retro feel of it.....no malace intended i assure you.....i spent most of my nursing career with wheelchair users!

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  7. Please tell Gay Gordon to at least get one of those tall poles with a flag on it that you attach to the back. At least make an effort to alert car drivers. He really is taking a terrible risk.

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    1. He has a flagpole outside his bungalow!

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  8. Gay Gordon has wheels . . .
    "good to go" I guess . . .

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  9. Everyone needs a good airing once in a while, keep going and having fun.

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  10. How I laughed at your Omar-Sharif-on-a-camel analogy! And corned beef legs -- oh dear.

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    1. Wasn't that first appearance of the late Mr Sharif on a horse rather than on a camel? I may well be wrong, though. Only seen LofA four times (I think).

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    2. No Raymondo it was a camel

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  11. I like his style!
    (I like yours too.)

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  12. You tell it so well ......

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  13. It looks like he has a good sturdy way of getting around. Good for him, getting out and about. I believe he needs a tall flag on it though, myself.

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  14. Good for Gay Gordon for not letting himself be confined to the house! I think he needs a skull and crossbones for his scooter. (The colloquial name used here.)

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    1. He flew the Jolly Roger on his home flagpole for a while

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  15. Ditto what Ms Moon said.

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    1. Its a pet name like using " dear" or " sweetie"

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  17. Grown old men on my road drive their lawnmowers or golf carts around to visit. Two steep hills on the road, too much for old legs on the return journey.

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  18. Somehow the thought of Omar Sharif on his camel is much more romantic !

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  19. I love your comparison of Gordon to Omar Sharif! Personally, I suspect I may be killed by one of those contraptions stealthily coming up behind me on the pavement only this afternoon. Really made me jump.

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  20. Love your village stories.

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  21. Love your village snapshots John & love the opening of Lawrence of Arabia; I had a MASSIVE crush on Omar Sharif !

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  22. Wonderful !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  23. Just what I needed today. I have missed you, the village and the pups .. tally ho.

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  24. Just one lunatic? Bonus.

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  25. I have some characters in my neighborhood. Perhaps the neighbors think I'm one of the characters: crazy dog lady who wanders around in her jammies.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Long tme no hear Janie x

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  26. Oh, I am so happy to be able to put a face to the name. What a funny little village story. Thanks for posting! (I did notice that he is driving 'Ferrari red'!!!!!)

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  27. Doing your bit for the Trelawnyd Tourist Board again - I mean that in the nicest possible way!

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  28. Wait a minute, you don't call them invalid trollies - they are mobility scooters and I would like to see them featuring in a paralympic event. The commentator would go wild as Gay Gordon powered to victory down the home strait. "It's gold! Gold for Great Britain! Gold for Gordon!"

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  29. Oh drat! False Memory Syndrome again. (Got to be careful otherwise I'll be writing reviews of films I've never seen).

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  30. Sorry for the profanity, but I fucking love him

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