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Bucket List: Snickers to that one

While I can still run it crossed my mind to complete a marathon. Reasonably fit, for my age, with a bit of training the 26 miles would be a walk in the park for me. My feat would evoke envy in those runners that have the marathon on their bucket list. With the goal of outbucketing the bucketeers I prepared. I got as far as buying comfortable training shoes but after a few jogs I got phed up with dese and chucked them in the bin.

There’s no point in a marathon. Going pell-mell with the hoi polloi in the peloton, all those miles of torture just to fleetingly pass El Diablo and then there’s the side stiches.  Do it for charity not the glory, opined some. I do charity, I never pass a bucket in the street or shops without throwing in some loose drachma. You can do it in a chicken suit, opined others. οικόσιτα πτηνά, my left caruncle. Don’t spartan something you can’t finish, opined the do ‘ave ’ems. They were right, that’s what got this silly run going in the first place.

I blame the Persians. If only those ancient sons of Zoroaster could fight.

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  1. April 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Can I call you pheidippides?

  2. April 20, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    TR, here is one I baked earlier. It covers my opinions on those who perform for ‘charity’.
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/sipu/spiu/15025065/If_charity_means_giving_I_give_it_to_you/

  3. April 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    A good read, Sipu. Coincidentally, the London marathon takes place this Sunday.

    Charity should be given anonymously. It makes my blood boil when, let’s single out one particular breed, millionaire second-rate footballers publicise their “good deeds”. Every December a well-known figure in these parts, we will call him Judas the Rat, comes up to feed the poor. Literally, as he serves the meals to the unfortunates. Naturally, the Rat’s face is plastered all over the newspapers.

    On a lighter note as I try to calm down there is an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm which deals with this subject. http://curb-your-enthusiasm.wikia.com/wiki/The_Anonymous_Donor
    The sociopathic Larry makes you cringe and laugh at the same time.

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