I’ve a Boulder and That’s That.

It’s hard to return to writing, for several reasons.

One, you get a new job with unartistically-favourable hours (e.g lots of hours). Two, you’re still dealing with emotional trauma that I’m still not ready to write about yet. Three, the last piece you wrote was about leading a League of Mongrel Messiahs.

A heck of a trinity for a heck of a second testament, but I’m too tired from a long day at work, tear breaks in the bathroom and concern about following an article about Mongrel Messiahs and the fact I’ve not distributed a single leaflet to the (I prefer to presume) common cause, so I’ll just introduce you to my pet boulder instead.

I’ve always wanted a boulder, ever since I came to the age of realisation that a boulder was a dependable bed-fellow that only departed in the most traumatic of quakes.

A boulder is for relying on.

A boulder will do what a boulder does -it got out of bed a million years ago and was immediately successful to the point of being able to lay back and crush its own laurels; which was actually the best method of success for a boulder anyway.

Plus they have character. Though a tad Stoney-faced (…………………………….chuckle); I find them to be quite adorable.

I watched them in the petit-meadows around Niagara Falls, hiding in the long-grass as though they were about to lunge out and give me a devastating tickling.

Swell, that’s what boulders are, all the way from Stonehenge’s royal slabs to the wee-ickle chap I’ve got snoozing on a shoe-box in the corner of my room; snoozing as though a lay-in is its forte, as though horizontality is the future of measurable achievement in bedroom corners, as though there’s not a thing you can do about it because…it’s a boulder and it isn’t responding to emails or sledgehammers today.

My boulder has no name. If I did name it, I’d name it “Boulder”; which make the entire process redundant anyway.

Weight: it’s getting there.

I’m thinking I’ll convince some concrete onto the top of it so that when I take it into the fields to do some lifting, it’ll be more substantial to grip. Like a haircut that can break your back.

I wonder what hairstyle would look best on a boulder.

A Beatlesesque bowl-cut could work, but I don’t have a bowl that broad (plus it’d be suitable for rock music………………………….guffaw). Perhaps an intimidating punk-Mohawk of concrete; which would be especially since it’s also a guard-boulder.

I feel that, should Burglar Bill stroll into through my window, past my particularly wimpy hound and iwakeable wife, then I trust he’ll glance over my boulder, concrete hair-do and all, and realise that fucking off out of my house is a genius plan.

Maybe a nice sensible haircut for; that’d be really disconcerting.

I want forearms like Pop-Eye, minus the speech impediment and more spinach. To get forearms like that guy you need to do more than just eat it, you need to bath in it, drink it, sniff it, listen to it and keep a careful squinty eye on it as your wife pours it into your boots and over your boulder.

Spinach, boulders, and concrete haircuts.

More of these please.

Me and my boulder have a routine. I pick it up, I lay it down, I repeat until one of us is feeling sleepy.

Throughout all of this, everything I have that can clench; I clench. Hands, toes, buttocks, knees, wrists, boulders, eyelids and (still attempting this) my willy.

Have you ever seen a clenched willy?

It looks boiled.

Even my boulder recoils.

Which is fine; it’s ok to have boundaries between your boulder and genitals, no matter how much they may have in common.

For instance, my boulder’s not permitted on the bed. Despite how adorable they are, boulders (to their credit) emirate a natural ‘fuckoffness’ which equates to a truly uncomfortable night.

Is this the sort of wisdom you expected from the founder of The League of Mongrel Messiahs?

Oh well.

I also feel that a boulder is a natural heirloom, something that will stand (sleep through) the tests of time and the bank won’t be bothered enough to take away. I can picture my great grandchildren playing with family boulder, wondering what the heck I was thinking but also understanding that boulders really are a reliable member of the family.

They rarely do something that boulder’s don’t do.

I work in London now, with a 2 hour commute a day, so between staring out the window and committing to elbow-wars for the arm-rest with the chap next to me, I’ll see to writing some of these more often.

Would you like that? Or was that “bump” just then the sound of the last fuck you gave being roughly commuted-over by my 07:29 to London?

Poor fuck.

I also gave up pork. But I’m not giving up pigs. I’ll explain that next time. A sad story but a good sad story.

Tarrah,

Sam


The Ice Bucket Challenge: Reasons ‘For’ And Only ‘For’.

Reasons ‘for’ and only ‘for’, since I’m unable to conclude with any reasonable alternative to dumping the cold and wet good-stuff over ourselves.

What follows is a reasoning behind the query: “Is the Ice Bucket Challenge flawless?”

It’s my query, and this is my answer. I’m not sure if you as a reader is even necessary at all- I seem to have done most of this on my own. But, then again, I’m all about a little dangerous socialising. Especially when…with ice

So, shall we?

It is fun.

It helps to raise money for ALS.

If it weren’t for this- ALS would not be as well known, nor (now) as well funded.

People were NOT giving money to charity- so the Ice Bucket Challenge DID help, and it is also worth mentioning that this money could have been given to any medical charity for the intention is a fine one.

We certainly could JUST give money- but this way is far more enjoyable and much more social.

The fun is the point that goes beyond the fact that this is a ‘craze’. We could have been doing this all just for fun…marvellous.

I apologise for the fairly abrupt writing style here- I am apparently feeling punchy.

Punchy.

It’s invigorating. The preparing of cold, wet substances and a bucket (I used a trough), the anticipation, the shocking sensation, feeling fucking awake and, finally, the pride in both achievement and the revelling of that which is silly. Not quite skydiving…but certainly in the same neighbourhood.

The main point for the ice-bucket challenge: it DID raise money- and since no one was harmed then there is no issue.

The second point- we should be doing this anyway. Similar to the ‘Neck-Nominations’ craze that swept social media. It is fun, a slight challenge, and gives you a chance to experience a new activity and sensation. We could have been doing this the whole time and it would be no bad thing.

A waste of water? Not really, no.

If it were then it would be far less than either having a bath, filling a water pistol, or going to a pool to swim. Just don’t do any of the items from that list if you’re worried. If you’re not worried about the tiny amount of water being ‘wasted’- then have at it…with ice. The waste of water is extremely minor, particularly when compared to the aid, spirits and hope it raises. This is no loss.

So, as I said, ‘have at itwith ice’.

There are some wankers.

Yes, there are some wankers…I could leave it there.

But I won’t.

There are some wankers that want nothing more than to be the centre of attention. We know who they are when we see them, we can just tell by their uncomfortable vigour that this is somewhat less than genuine in how it wishes to be perceived. Let’s leave them be- for at least the money was raised and no harm was done. Wankers.

All otherwise…this is jolly experience meant to be shared with buddies and profit those with motor-neurone disease. Even if there was no benefit to charity- it would still be a wonderful shared-experience that wakens the body and strengthens the spirit.

Perhaps next time you might do it alone- just for the feeling.

‘Just for the feeling’; what a reason!

Sam

P.S Of course- you as my audience are more than essential. No hard feelings. Smooch x