Monday, 5 April 2021

Theatre Again




I haven’t much spare cash. 
This is merely an observation rather than a moan.
Fuck me if it was a moan the trolls out there would wet their knickers in the scrum to message what a truly awful person I am .
No, it’s a truism. I have to watch my money. 
True I treat myself to the odd desk and very trendy sofa . 
But generally I have to be frugal, and generally I am 
I have a tv the size of large cornflakes packet, I never buy new clothes and my main extravagance is never on expensive cars, men and liquor! 
But I have just bought a couple of tickets to the outside production of Pride and Prejudice in Grovensor Park in Chester.
How lovely to be sat watching a play again


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  1. What a splendid use of money! enjoy x

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  2. That will be such a treat John ..... I think that all of our old experiences will be even better after such a long time away..... who needs spare cash anyway ?!!!? XXXX

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  3. Anonymous1:44 pm

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    1. You're an extremely pathetic person Anonymous but then I expect you know that which is why you put up such lovely comments, it's the only way you get any attention. How sad!

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    2. Were you dropped on your head after hatching? My new mantra for arseholes like you is PFFFFFT!

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    3. Dropped on head after hatching....might have to add that one to my lexicon

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    4. I think John's regular unpleasant Anonymous may be making a cry for help, perhaps unconsciously, or perhaps releasing deep seated bitterness that may even have a valid distant origin. Maybe they should try visiting my place to abuse me and leave John alone, for I have a long history of befriending troubled people, ever since I made friends, but not easily, with the boy everybody hated at primary school. He turned out well in the end. Seriously. I soon learned to accept abuse because of the friends I kept. Some people just need an alternative response to what they are expecting to turn things around. I await to be told that I am a patronising git...

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    5. Anonymous12:09 pm

      A fellow aging homosexual jumping in eh?

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    6. Oh bugger! I missed it.

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    7. Does it add credence to the the defense if an aging heterosexual jumps in?

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    8. eh?-I don't like your tone-Clear off

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    9. Am lying here beside my wife of over 40 years of marriage, looking at my pictures of son and daughter on the wall and laughing at being called an "aging homosexual" :)

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    10. Bahahahahaaaaaa!

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  4. I get the whole frugal thing. But sometimes one has to splurge!

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  5. Anonymous, I don't know why you bother! Have you such an empty sad existence that making a fool of yourself like this counts for fun? If so, then you have my sympathy.

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  6. if ya got the $$, spend it on something you enjoy! an outdoor production...I have forgotten what those are.

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  7. My hubby’s sister used to harp on him because he spent what she considered too much money. Once he took his bills to her and said, ‘you pay my bills and I’ll do things your way. Otherwise, don’t mention my spending habits again.’ She didn’t.

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  8. My hubby’s sister used to harp on him because he spent what she considered too much money. Once he took his bills to her and said, ‘you pay my bills and I’ll do things your way. Otherwise, don’t mention my spending habits again.’ She didn’t.

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  9. My hubby’s sister used to harp on him because he spent what she considered too much money. Once he took his bills to her and said, ‘you pay my bills and I’ll do things your way. Otherwise, don’t mention my spending habits again.’ She didn’t.

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  10. It sounds like a good way to spend your money to me!

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  11. Ignore the trolls John - they're just pathetic sad individuals! What a lovely treat! x

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  12. Fantastic treat for you, John, go for it.

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  13. You do right we all need a treat. Heather

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  14. Something to look forward to! Enjoy yourself!

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  15. Every little step back to 'normal' feels like a huge milestone. I'm doing a happy dance here because our local library has reopened.

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  16. I have to watch other people's money.

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  17. what seems like a luxury to one person is a necessity to another. i'd dump my kids overboard to save darcy. good for you!

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  18. You are a man of very good taste and if you treat yourself occasionally to a price of art,a theatre ticket or a film it is as necessary to you as breathing x

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    1. -a tasteful piece! of art x

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  19. I suspect you take care of ALL the necessities first ... house payment, utilities, groceries, various bills you might have and whatever is left over is yours to do with as you see fit!
    By God ... you earned it and it is your right to spend it however you want and if you end up with empty pockets ... the only one you can blame is yourself!! Frugality is a gift!!!

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  20. That's a great use of money. And you shouldn't pay for men anyway. They should pay YOU!

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  21. It would have to be on a day that's not so Arctic as today to be able to enjoy the performance.

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  22. Oooh, I hope their Mr. Darcy's worthy of a second look.

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  23. Barbara Anne3:57 pm

    What an excellent purchase that will lift your heart, soul, and spirit. The ticket is a good investment in you! Hope the weather will be lovely during the run of the play.

    Hugs!

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  24. No one could accuse you of being a spendthrift or a wastrel, John. Enjoy the play!

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  25. Nothing wrong in being frugal..and enjoying outside theatre is a great idea, as well as supporting people working on cultural activities

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  26. Better than cars, men or liquor any day.

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  27. Your money, your decision how to spend it. Sounds like a good way to spend it to me. Enjoy! xx

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  28. It is sad that you have to explain yourself and your budgeting! Due to trolls and critics.
    i think it was Sue in Suffolk who made the point recently that by being frugal in some things, one can afford the things that matter and are fun. [She said it better].

    You work very hard! A play sounds delightful. [what if it rains? Or is very cold tho?]

    lizzy x

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    1. If it rains Lizzy I think John will look like Mr Darcy after he emerges from the lake(if John sports a white shirt rather than a tee shirt) x

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  29. Chinese proverb: 'If you have but two pennies left, buy a loaf of bread with one and a flower with the other.'

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    1. I totally agree with that proverb; flowers in the house are almost as important as food.

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    2. I love that! What a great message!

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  30. Something fun to look forward to. Lovely!

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  31. May be you will find a new lover there.

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  32. Money well spent John ! X

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  33. The whole point of being frugal is being able to indulge in a treat once in a while.

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  34. I like your priorities.

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  35. OOh a fantastic use of left over money. Post a pic of Mr Darcy ....I hope he's a looker.

    Ignore the trolls.....they have sad lonely lives... and are only happy when trying to be witty or cruel!

    Jo in Auckland

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  36. P&P - oooh! One of my favourites! Anticipating a treat is half of the pleasure of it, isn’t it! Does the production include a halftime break when people have a picnic meal? A local opera group did operas in a garden like that and they were very successful.
    As for how you spend your surplus cash... it’s no one’s business but yours. Mind you, some of us will make rude noises if it’s on too many speeding tickets!

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  37. The big celebration here in Scotland today seems to be because hairdressers/barbers shops have reopened. Woohoo! The only significance of this for a baldy like me is I can restart enjoying all the money I save by not having any hair that needs cut, other than a self-inflicted Number 1 all over with the shaver to keep the growing remnants neat.

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  38. Nothing wrong with being frugal in a world where people rush to buy the latest fashionable product. I've always been frugal, even though I'm far from being skint. I take after my parents, who took frugality to absurd extremes.

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  39. Being able to make your own choices with surplus money is being rich to me.I live frugally and spending is considered and prioritised, that way I always have money left to enjoy any way I choose...out for lunch, week away at the beach,some nice knitting yarn, movie, special gifts for grandchildren.
    Most of my furniture is second hand, also a lot of my clothes and I'm vegetarian by animal welfare choice, love my food and eat well from local Farmers market.
    It's just personal choice and priorities.

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  40. All work and no play is never good. I think you've got a good mix of both.

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  41. The last show I saw was Hamilton. I do miss going into N.Y.

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  42. Sounds delightful, do what you want, you are and adult

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  43. The best book. It will be a great play.
    I think my TV must be smaller than yours. I cannot read the subtitles.

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  44. I didn't know it had been re-written for the stage. It should be fun. I studied it for my O Level.

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  45. Last summer (2020) we were lucky to spot an outdoor production of Wind in the Willows (Illyria theatre co.)
    Took the grand kids but it was ourselves that really enjoyed being back in a live audience with live on stage action.

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  46. Spending money on an experience enriches a life much more than spending it on things..

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  47. Anonymous5:10 pm

    I wouldn't call you frugal. Being frugal is shopping in the cut price discount supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl for the yellow sticker cut priced stuff as a way of life and not setting foot in any other supermarkets. Being frugal is doing without however much you might want it. Being frugal is definitely not buying art or pottery ornaments and you've shown us rather a lot of that stuff over the past year.
    Of course it's to you how you spend your money but to call yourself frugal is wrong and an insult to those who genuinely have to be truly frugal because they have no choice.

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    1. I think that the definition of 'frugal' is based on your lifestyle before. As a person who had to be very careful with money while I had five children in the house and a husband who was watching his machinist jobs move out of country, we both worked very hard to keep things going. And we did it by living very frugally. Now, all these years later, the children are grown and it is just us. Our frugality has paid off, and we are very, very blessed. We still consider ourselves to be frugal though. In my mind, frugal means, simply, living beneath your means. Perhaps John's means and your means are two different 'means', but that doesn't mean he's not frugal.

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  48. I am as frugal as a church mouse mostly but will spend on something some may say frivolous on occasion-only today my lily has received a lovely trendy collar in the post and I am wearing 2 pairs of holy socks √

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  49. I agree with the lady above "Starting over-----spending money on experiences enriching life is money well spent.

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  50. It sounds to me like you're sensible with money -- which will make your life a lot easier!

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  51. You work very hard for your money! you deserve to treat yourself every now and then! Certainly don't pay attention to "anonymous" people!



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