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We swam today!

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And we lived to tell the tale.

And before you go all “And?! What’s so shaggin special about that, buddy?” let me be more specific: we swam in the ocean!
And not any ocean I might add. One of the Northern Atlantic persuasion!!!

And it wasn’t the once-every-three-years-10-seconds-of-intense-pain ritual.
The in-scream-out-scream dash from the bathrobe to the icy cold water back to bathrobe for just as long as it takes one to lose a pair of testicles.

Today Mrs Raheny and I swam for a good 20 minutes!

And then only we were sort of delighted to wrap ourselves into a fluffy beach towel.

Because towels are like puppies and kittens: the fluffier the better!

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The Mighty Shannon

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Not so mighty if you ask me.
12 stones in and it’s already showing signs of weakness.

And the Finnzy-Bob is only warming up!

I’ll have to send a letter to Longford County Council, suggesting that they drop another skip or two of grade A stones at the waterside car park in Tarmonbarry.
We do stop there on average 8 times a year.

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And relaaaaaaaaaaax

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The view from outside the POW*

Sadly I will not see it for two weeks. Someone pass me a handkerchief quick, I can feel a tear coming.

My Out of Office message:

“Dear sender, I am on annual leave for the next 2 weeks.

For the first five days, I will be doing an intensive speleology course. I will be exploring shitloads of dark caves with no internet connection.

For the following five days I will be taking part in a diving challenge. Five whole days at a depth of 40 meters, with shag all access to the internet.

For the last four days, I will be visiting a friend on an army base… where you have to surrender all electronic devices at the point of entry.

In order words, I will be out of reach for the next two weeks.

In the event of an emergency, place a brown paper bag over your nose and mouth and breath slowly. It helps to prevent hyperventilation.

See you on August 12th!”

* Place of Work

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High in alcohol

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Enjoyed a few quality pints with Michael and Vivian in the…ahem… lofty heights of Farrell’s.

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We talked shite and had a laugh and watched life go by below us on Marine Road (it’s not quite the Atacama down there on a Wednesday night but you wouldn’t quite call it the epicenter of the fiesta…)

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We almost convinced Vivian to get a smart phone. But he is too smart for that.

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The ride back down to earth in the Elevator of Inebriation was fun.

It doesn’t take much to make us laugh. Not after 6 pints anyway (and a pack of Bacon Fries).

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