#WeekendCoffeeShare: Running, Hockey and Elopement

weekendcoffeeshareIf we were having coffee together, I would tell you about my eventful week. And I am not kidding you when I tell you that it has been a very eventful week.

On Monday evening, I went to the historic Judge’s Court Room at Brown’s in Covent Garden for the “Statistical Dinner.” The dinner wasn’t statistical, but my fellow diners were mostly Fellows of the Royal Statistical Society. My Dad and brother, Oli, were there too.

My brother and I had to look after our father. Four weeks ago, he eloped. Yes, you heard me right, at the age of eighty-four and seriously ailing, he upped and left my step-mother and moved in with a lady called Willow, declaring his love for her. This action has caused enormous upset and problems throughout my family. On the other hand, his adventures would make a good screenplay.

So I have been trying to juggle dealing with his on-going problems with the pressures of work and home life. On Wednesday, I was given less than an hour’s notice that I was expected to present, remotely, to senior executives who were comfortably seated in our HQ in Naples, Florida. I managed to fit my presentation in just before I spoke with a police office who was trying to work out what to my Dad who was sitting in the waiting room in a railway station in the English Midlands. He was homeless at that point. I could tell you a lot more, but my account would fill a book. Suffice to say that he is now safe in a care home in North Derbyshire.

Today was a good day for me. I ran a reasonable time in the Andover parkrun this morning, although it was not brilliant. 5 kilometres in 26:19. My PB is 24:00.

Then I travelled to Portsmouth with my veterans’ hockey team: Andover Diamonds. We beat United Services Portsmouth Veterans by three goals to one, to go two points clear at the top of the Wessex Masters League.

Wessex Masters League Division 2Aah! How lovely to sit and relax and drink coffee with my blogging friends. I may even crack open a bottle of Merlot. Anyone else for a glass?

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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13 Responses to #WeekendCoffeeShare: Running, Hockey and Elopement

  1. Nooce Miller says:

    I think after the week you’ve had, you’re entitled to several glasses of Merlot!

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  2. It is a sign of what a nerd I am that I saw “dinner with the Royal Statistical Society” and thought “That must have been awesome.”

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  3. Well if that’s not an interesting week I don’t know what is! Merlot is well-deserved.

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  4. Corina says:

    I’m reading this in the evening here in Oregon. That said, I’ll take some of that merlot! I hope you have a fantastic week!

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  5. roweeee says:

    Hi Lance,
    It’s unfortunate when these screenplays come to life in our own families because we’d be murdered on the spot if we dared write about it and make the most of such good material and living the nightmare is at best stressful.
    It seems to me that after a certain point, the correlations between elderly relatives and the most junior can be made with those in the middle frantically trying to keep tabs on both. My grandfather started to wander and developed Alzheimers and there came a point where we had to put him in a home. He never met anyone else after my grandmother died but there was a time there where his memory mixed up the cleaner with my grandmother and he’d talk about his 2 wives.
    I also had a great uncle who’d had brain surgery and developed a relationship a bit like your Dad and the family stepped in.
    I definitely agree that you deserve more than a few glasses of Merlot and I’ll throw in some Vegemite toast if you pop over for tea at my place. xx Rowena

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  6. C J Alan says:

    Congrats on the hockey victory!
    Your 5k time is respectable. I spent my high school years on the cross country team until a knee injury slowed me down. Now if I am running it’s a safe bet something is on fire.
    Thanks for the coffee, glad to meet you.

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