Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The fact that I have taken so long to blog is proof of the pudding; I am a goddam procrastinator!! Let me cast my mind back over the last week or so. I watched a couple of my favorite movies, one a definite chick flick the other a feel good one. The Notebook. What a fantastic film. If only life were like that; apart from the dementia at the end. Still Crazy. Clearly not a chick flick but an excellent 70s rock sound track and an all star UK cast. Have also started my diet again. Am aiming to tone up and get fit. Having been off exercise for 6 weeks on account of torn rib cartiledge I am back with a vengence. I am gyming, cycling and playing tennis. In fact I have played tennis 3 times this week and have another game tomorrow. My neck is fairly stiff so it will be out with the ice tonight and off to the chiropractor on Tuesday (Monday being a holiday). I have been playing tennis since I was about five but really didn't pick up a racquet from 17 to 39 years old. I have been back playing a year or two and am probably playing better than when I was doing junior ranking at 15. Hey, I'm no Ferderer or in my day, Borg/McEnroe (well maybe McEnroe on account of my fiery temper) but I am fairly competitive. I gave a work colleague a bit of a fright yesterday. He plays the mens top grade (regional one) and he beat me 6-1, 6-4. I was all over him in the second set and had a few break points when I was 4-2 up. Unfortunately I couldnt convert and his experience prevailed. It was my first real game of singles in a very long time as most of the stuff I play is doubles. On the strength of that I had a lesson this morning to try and refine my forehand. After an hour of chasing down balls with the pro I was ready to throw up!! Slowly, all the things I learnt as a kid are coming back. With luck (body willing) I will be able to play a few years yet. My daughter and I have just joined the local club as she is keen to learn to play. I only hope I am as patient as my father was. I will have to work at it as I am not known for my patience. One positive, my daughter seems to have inherited my sporting ability and my competitive spirit. Unfortunately she has also inherited my lack of patience..........

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Typical, typical, typical....

The little beach house I was looking at has sold. Once again my procrastination has led to me missing out. I shant print my true feelings as I would like to keep this blog profanity free. Oh what the hell, fuck fuck fuck!!!! I am my own worst enemy. It is easy to blame someone else but the reality is that I let it happen and for that I am so goddam annoyed. Whether or not we would have paid the final sale price is unknown. We would have been close. Who knows, perhaps the sale will fall through and we will get another opportunity. The seller has my number in case things go pear shaped. Time will tell but I am not holding my breath. Oh well, I will just have to keep looking and not let the next one get away. Forget the past, look towards the future.....................

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Property property property

I have been contemplating buying a beach house for some time. As always the price of such property has steadily increased over the years and being conservative in nature I have happily sat back and watched it rise. Now that I feel I am comfortable enough financially to buy the beach house and gear it up, the procrastination factor has reared its ugly head. We are also considering renovating and adding on to the family home; another bedroom, another bathroom, a new family room and larger kitchen. We gutted the house when we bought it ten years ago and it was ok size wise then but now with a couple of young children we are fast running out of room. Our house is small by modern standards but being a turn of the century villa it has plenty of character which more than makes up for the size. It also has a lovely aspect, gets the last of the sun and the views while not magnificent can never be built out. That said I would love more room, a bigger garage etc etc etc. So the question is really, holiday home, renovations or both!!! Having been used to little or no mortgage for some time I am in no hurry to gear mysself up to the eyeballs. The natural consequence is that I do nothing which frustrates the hell out of me. My new years resolution was to take more risks, get off the fence so I am hopeful that I will move forward. We have progressed some way on the family home; initial plans have been done, a surveyor has been in, a quantity surveyor is to provide an estimate of costs and all going well if it comes in within my budget we will do it. The wait is frustrating but when you involve other professionals it is a fact of life. Hopefully my architect will get off his arse and hurry the QS along..............

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Well, as the title suggests, I am a bit of a procrastinator. In some circumstances this may be a good thing but having reached 40 and endured my fifth mid life crisis (yes that was a joke), the time has come to actually do something with my life. This is not to say that I haven't already. I have travelled the world, not all of it but I have seen probably a lot more than most. I have got married and had children; often the source of frustration but alos at times great joy. I am fit and healthy, for which I am grateful. I have a successful career and in theory the world is at my finger tips. Why then am I a serial procrastinator? I think a lot boils down to my training; accounting, which teaches one to be careful, conservative which I think has ultimately led me to where I am today; a procrastinator. Ofcourse I try to make up for this by doing rash things once and a while, just to prove that I am not a procrastinator. These are often not well thought out and one has to live with the consequences. Such is life........