Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I need a day off.

me looking well rough

I've lost track of how long it's been since I had a full day off. Certainly it's more than three months, including 12- to 14-hour days and weekends, too. It's taken its toll, as you can see. Just a month ago, my hair was a flowing, luxurious mane, like the baby Lion King's dad before he got killed. And my eyes look like pissholes in the snow with a couple of suitcases nearby, where once they were a glorious sky blue with no bags beneath them.

I currently look, as we say here in the UK, as rough as a badger's arse.

Where is my day off? Where is my holiday? Luckily, in the absence of both, we have alcohol in the house. And we all know alcohol is renowned for its healing and rejuvenating properties, don't we?


Blogger Red said...

Where's your holiday, you ask? Two months, one week, baby!

08 November, 2006 18:41  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Indeeedddy! However I too have wondered where the the world has gone since mid August.

08 November, 2006 19:17  
Blogger Shep said...

Imagine now children added to the mix.

You'd be completely bald.

08 November, 2006 19:22  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

HAHA! I love shep's comment. I can imagine it being so true. I mean you should see my dad.

08 November, 2006 19:23  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Dudes, it's fucking depressing, man. I'm hideous! Look away!

08 November, 2006 19:32  
Blogger Shep said...

I have two days off a week. Actually, one of them is a 'family day' so scratch that. I have one day a week. I still look rough as fuck, despite a regime of...erm...

A lady customer yesterday said "I mean, you're only, what, early 40s? Mid 40s?".

I'm 34.

08 November, 2006 20:01  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

haha... you do need a day off (not judging by your photo, but more on the decreasing number of asterific posts)

and shep's second post had me laughing out loud

08 November, 2006 20:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stop wondering about badger's arses now. Thanks.

08 November, 2006 20:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alcohol has healed and rejuvenated me many times! Cheers to a good drink.

08 November, 2006 23:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA! Too funny, our posts are very similar today. Hope you get a day off soon, one can only soldier on for so long before you completely lose it!

09 November, 2006 01:34  
Blogger Tanya said...

Oh dear. Rough as a badger's arse. I like that.

And, of course, winter closing in doesn't help. Some people do say passing out after too much alcohol really is a bit like taking a holiday, so....

Hope you get your day off.

09 November, 2006 09:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hair woe eh?

I posted a similar depressing pic yesterday.

Look at least we dont have comb overs.

09 November, 2006 09:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shep: That's depressing. When I have a shave and cut my hair short, I can still get away with looking young, like about 12. Honest.

Martha: Thanks. I like the word "asterific".

Lee: Glad to be of help. Maybe you could paint a badger's arse for us?

Olives: I opted for beer, then a couple of glasses of wine, then I went back to the beer that I hadn't quite finished before starting on the wine. Worked well.

09 November, 2006 10:09  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Angel: I'm having so much trouble getting around and visiting everyone on my blogroll these days, but I will hope to catch up today. I have your page open as I type this, to make it my next port of call.

Tanya: I know! I look out the window at 4pm and it's dark and depressing. It really doesn't help at all. Bastard weather.

RD: Checked out your pic. Funny we both posted those on the same day! But you're damn right: comb overs are a cardinal sin.

09 November, 2006 10:12  
Blogger Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

it looks to me these days, that all the men are losing their crowning glory...
My husband too, has what he calls the pope's cap (he's thinning right in the center of his head... My daughters have a field time poking fun.........

09 November, 2006 11:46  
Anonymous cappy said...

ah alcohol, the one true relaxant. well that and telly. alcohol telly and good music. alcohol, telly, good music and the love of a good woman.
hold on this is starting to sound like the spanish inquisition from the pythons!
i suppose it was slightly insensitive of me to tell you i had this week off? fuck, there i go again!
and as you asked..(yes he did folks)...march of the penguins is a wonderfuly shot film, but let down by morgan freemans narration.
not a patch on wildlife on one!

09 November, 2006 11:55  
Blogger Karen said...

You know, some women find bald men very sexy. I say take it all off baby!

So that's what a badger's ass looks like? Hmmm, I'd always wondered...

09 November, 2006 13:27  
Blogger Milla said...

Work: the bane of people's life. Have you tried winning the lottery jackpot? You win that and the bags under your eyes disappear immediately. I should know, coz the bags under MY OWN eyes are still there.
I agree with Karen about men. All the men I like have either had shaved heads or dreadlocks -no way in between.

P.S. Just so you know, I am going to Italy next week for a week of holidays in the cold Northern shores. I will toast to your future holiday with the wounderful Red with a good red.

09 November, 2006 13:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Wendy: Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I don't have any kids around to make fun of my failing follicles!

Cappy: Nothing like a good drop of an evening, eh? Shame about Morgan F. Did you see that new wildlife documentary series that started on BBC1 on Sunday, I think it was? Very good.

Karen: Yeah, sexy. [chanting, à la "Go Ricki, Go Ricki": "I'm sexy, I'm sexy!"] That's cheered me up!

Milla: I don't play the lottery, so that reduces my chances of winning somewhat... Yes, I'm due to be shorn soon, I think. Exciting that you're going away soon.

09 November, 2006 15:19  
Blogger Milla said...

I don't play the lottery either, *
so the only way for me to get rid of the bags unner me eyes would be plastic surgery (or 'lamination' as I call it). That however requires funds so here we are, back to the lottery business.

I try and go away as much as possible. The good thing about my job is that even though it is bloody hard, Ican have a total of 48 days off in a year (not all at once obviously), and that's enough for my love of travelling.

09 November, 2006 15:29  
Blogger Suze said...

Asterisk, I raise my glass to you and say...can you fill this please. lol

You and me both. I could really do with kicking back on a beach somewhere nice and warm. *sigh*

btw, I think you look cute.

09 November, 2006 15:39  
Blogger ldbug said...

Ugh! My friend stated to me last night that she is going to run for president someday on one single issue: 6hr work days.

I'm voting for her.

09 November, 2006 18:34  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

It's a sign of power and accomplishment.

When will you get a holiday, at xmas? When you go for Reds birthday in Seville, and then Italy! You lucky bastard, at least you get to look forward to those trips, sounds like you'll need them by then.

Just think of all the dvds you can buy with the big bucks you're making.

Okay, I'm not helping right.

I had an enforced break from computer, couldn't comment blogger wasn't working for me the last two days. Harumph.

Try two evenings of no drinks, steak dinner and sald and early to bed. For two days. Boring? Nah, sexy...and you might feel more tired but then you'll feel refreshed.

By the way, I thik you look fantastic in that photo. You must look really good when you're well rested.

09 November, 2006 18:35  
Blogger Kate said...

Is that really you? If so you remind me of someone but I can't think who it is.

09 November, 2006 20:27  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: What a couple of lottery losers we are! Still, 48 days off a year? Sounds like you have won the lottery, dear!

Suze: Warm beach would be nice right about now. Cute? Why, thanks [blush].

LDBug: Your friend's idea sounds like a vote winner, but to be fair my problem is largely self-inflicted, being as I work for myself...

Candy: Missed you, girl! You're right, Seville is looking so tasty right now. And the (small) bucks we're making do help a bit, that's true. Thanks for the compliment on the look, too!

Kate: 'Tis me, yes. Remind you of someone, huh? George Clooney, Brad Pitt? Yeah, I get that all the time...

09 November, 2006 20:35  
Blogger Gardenia said...

not too much baldness out here in wyoming - below zero weather and 50 mph winds kick in the ol' survival, grow that hair stay warm genes. The cold air instantly shrivels bags. Uh, eye bags. Take your vacation in Wyoming! I can find you a spot on Elk Mountain where the snow swirls in circles all year around!

10 November, 2006 04:54  
Blogger Milla said...

* are you feeling a little better today? Hope so.

10 November, 2006 13:40  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Diana: Yeah, I suppose my imminent baldness is due to the incredibly hot weather we are accustomed to here in the UK ;-) Wyoming sounds cool, though, so it would be good to see it sometime.

Milla: Not bad, thanks. Work stresses come and go, but mostly I just suck it up and get on with it. Got to, really!

10 November, 2006 13:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...a painting of a badger's arse. This will be interesting as I've got no idea what a badger, much less his arse might look like. Sounds like fun!

10 November, 2006 18:28  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Lee: I'm so glad you're going to rise to the challenge! Badgers are very cute, actually, and a protected species in the UK.

11 November, 2006 12:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow is that you? i personally think you look great! you have that dark brooding look down pat. i like it! just wanted to stop by and say hello. i haven't visited you in so long.

12 November, 2006 03:15  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Hi Meander. It's a long time since I last saw you here! Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, dark and brooding, that's me! Stop by again soon.

12 November, 2006 14:36  
Blogger Radmila said...

Has anyone ever told you that you resemble a young Chas Lawther?

Probably not, since Chas is a local Toronto comedian and actor...

12 November, 2006 23:36  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

If ever a face needs a holiday that's the one that does.

Well crap that doesn't sound quite right. You are looking very, very weary.

When's yer trip coming up?

13 November, 2006 01:48  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Radmila: Never heard that before, but I have heard a young Paul Newman, if you can believe it! Well, it was my wife who said it.

APP: Gee, thanks pet! Got a trip in mid-January, and we may be able to get away before that, too. Touch wood.

13 November, 2006 10:04  
Blogger Milla said...

Monday again, my friend. What was that song by Boomtown Rats again? 'Tell me why I do love Mondays / Tell me why I do love Mondays...' NO, I didn't go like that did it? :-D

13 November, 2006 13:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhh...yes. now i remember. thank you! i'll be marinatin on this one for a bit.

01 December, 2006 23:32  

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