Sometimes, when you're really busy, you have to prioritise.
And that's what I've had to do just lately, when it comes to the world of blogging.
I'm well aware that I don't give much time to my blog
as I once did... and I'm even more aware that I don't enter into the true spirit of
blogging as I really ought...and once did.
I just about manage to keep my blog going but, at the moment, I have no time to
visit other blogs and give comment. It's simply to do with the pressures of my working day.
So with that in mind, I have even considered whether I should stop blogging altogether!
I didn't have to make up my mind as sure enough it was made up for me, yesterday!
Whilst I was teaching in the morning, I received a package.
I was itching to open it!
It was postmarked North Vancouver, Canada, posted on 20th October.
So by my reckoning it took six days to reach me,which is pretty damn quick!
I couldn't wait to get my morning's teaching out of the way as I had an inkling
that this package was from a very dear friend.
I say 'friend' as that's what I consider him
to be, even though I have only met him just the once!
We do, however, meet frequently online.
It all began ten years ago, back in the year 2001, when I discovered a website called
I can remember it quite well as dear Mr S had gone out and I had the evening to myself.
So, I did some 'mischief making' on the said website! Bad move!;-)
The team were doing badly... had just been beaten badly;
weekly thrashings were the norm !
It was the winter of 2001...the winter of discontent!
It appeared that there were two 'sets' of supporters at that moment in time.
The first group were very scathing about what was going on
at the club and they were fondly known as:
I swear that they practised doom and gloom for a living
and they wallowed in negativity after every match!
The second group were more positive and all for getting behind the club
and they were known (less affectionately, by some) as:
It's funny that in life, good can be put down, criticised and mocked, isn't it?
But this was the case
if you just so happened to be a Rosetinter!!
Me , being a positive sort of person soon became labelled as one of these!!
(Amongst other things!)
It is fairly unusual for a woman to love football as much as I do but I
reckoned I could hold my own with what was a very forceful and all knowing bunch!
And my goodness,when it comes to football,'they' know best!
Oh yes...better than any manager or trained coaches at the F.A.!!
Man knows best about footy and don't even try to mess with that!
Anyway...Try I did!
It's a long story....you know, the one about the highs and lows of a football team in the lower
leagues..well in this case mostly lows with a very rare 'high' now and again!
And this is when I met Gray, online...or Graygull as he is affectionately known..
(At that time, we all acquired names with the word 'Gull' in it.
(The Gulls being Torquay's nickname)
Graygull; Merseygull, Seagull Jamie; Minergull; Nichgull; Hellygull;
Hungarygull..and so on..oh and of course..Salgull!
I am laughing just thinking about it now!
It's getting more embarrassing by the minute but it has to be done!!
I could relay so much more :
the wacky chairman at the time, Mike Bateson;
an even wackier webmaster called Mervo ( he being a kind of Willy Wonka character
who instructed me to go and throw Cedar ash on the pitch at Torquay,
to aid the playing surface (!) (Yeah well, I spend a lot of time in Totnes so I
do understand these weird ideas!);
being invited to the Torquay United Boardroom, for my positivity
and to meet that famous Torquay fan, Helen Chamberlain;
for getting on the back page of the local paper
and the Sport's Editor desperately wanting to find out who I was to get an interview with me
...as I remained anonymous for quite some time (I mean would you want to admit taking on
a website, single handed and whipping up the supporters? It was all so embarassing!);
writing a story for the match day programme;
the mad quiz night that was held between the Darksiders and the Rosetinters
(I was nominated captain!!LOL);
the final match of the season at Barnet, where on a sunny afternoon
in May,we retained our league status... I have not run as fast since,to get in a queue and
thousands of fans were locked out ! Luckily I was locked in!
Especially for Gray:
(I'm sure noone else will be that interested but I am in the crowd somewhere!!)
It was mayhem; it was a manic season; it was even a nightmare...
but it was all good fun.
I think my family thought I was mad! Indeed, I was mad and Mr S must have thought I'd
completely lost the plot as I think it was he who arranged this to be done:
At some point during this bonkers season, Gray wrote a
poem based on ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' by Tennyson...
and he put it on the website.
''There's a clever chap,'' I thought!
Tennyson...ah...culture and footy!
You don't expect to find poetry on a football website! And class poetry at that!
And so a new friendship began...in fact many new friendships began.
We had a lot of online fun and banter and new friends were
made and some friendships even became quite strained due to our differing views!
But Gray, he was a real gentleman throughout! He never said a bad word about anyone!
I'll always remember him for that... and his poem.
And so, back to this package, ten years on...
I opened it up and inside there was a note which said:
Well , I have to admit that tears came to my eyes....
and all those memories came rushing back!
And enclosed with the note, was a DVD.
Well, what can I say...the best train journey in the country!
I've done it so many times but never 'up front' as they say!
LOL...I've always fancied playing 'up front' !! ;-)
I am so looking forward to taking this journey but, this time, in the comfort of my armchair!
So thank you Gray...cos I know you'll be reading this and that's why I simply
had to ramble on rather a lot, about how we met!!
I hope my reminiscing amused you!
Give up blogging?
If only one person continues to read my blog and it is Gray, then
it is worth the effort! Knowing that I can brighten his day,
simply brings a smile to my face!
And now.. I have things to do...Cedar ash to collect for one thing!!
My team are badly in need of that!
And if you fancy that train ride...there's a good one here:
P.S. Oh and...here I am in this pic, below... somewhere! ;-)