Tuesday, June 09, 2009


My daughter plays in a High School age flute ensemble. I thought the whole point of the exercise was musicianship.

It is not.

Rather, it is a thinly veiled pretext to hoover Dad's wallet. What I did not know when she joined, but do now, is that they go on an exhibition tour every year. Not to Wasilla, nay, not even Juneau. Lordy, no.

England and Scotland for two and a half weeks.

As if that isn't hoovering enough, my SWIPIAW decided that if the woman-child is on the mud peanut*, then the rest of us need to be on the mud peanut.

Ordinarily, SWIPIAW is a model of prudent household budget management. But, not when it comes to traveling. Lordy, no. Making Congress look like a well disciplined team intent on squeezing every penny until you can hear the Lincolns scream, she has set the botgun* to full auto, and taped down the trigger.

So, for the next week and a half, the absence of writing will perfectly join with the habitual absence of content, while join our daughter in Edinburgh, to see the sights.

Given a little luck, we should meet the Brits in Bath along the way.

Over, and for a little while, out.

* It rains a lot on the ol' Blighty. If you look at a map of the British isles and scrunch up your eyes, it looks like a peanut. Hence, Mud Peanut.

** The Thai currency is the bot, which is as good a generic name for persuaders as one can find. That makes your wallet a botgun. Setting to full rapid automatic, as only Team Estrogen can do, sends those bots spewing everywhere.


Blogger Brit said...

I hope you don't also speak in this strange Skipperese, otherwise our conversation will need explanatory footnotes.

June 09, 2009 1:49 AM  
Blogger erp said...

Skipper you know you love it!

June 09, 2009 7:40 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Email me on maac007@yahoo.com once your plans are finalised and we'll see if us three can have a Ducks UK meet-up.

June 11, 2009 12:26 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...



June 12, 2009 12:03 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


In case of email failure, this is what I sent your way:


We will be arriving in Bath on the the 15th, staying here:

Bodhi House
31A Englishcombe Lane

01225 461990

We plan in arriving late afternoon. Brit said he was going to drive our way for dinner.

More tonight (I hope). I have only just got a chance on the intertubes this morning, and breakfast beckons.

June 12, 2009 1:03 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Didn't get your email at my Yahoo account. Try victorstyle05@gmail.com for future comms.

I'm visiting clients next Monday and Tuesday and am about 4 hours away from Bath, so I can't make that date.

Le me know what the rest of your UK itinerary is like and we'll touch base at some point, even if it's 5 mins at the airport.

June 12, 2009 9:35 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


We are staying in the Oxford area on Tuesday night, and London on Wed and Thurs. (However, on Thurs night we are seeing "As You Like It".)

I don't have the details readily available -- tell me whether Tues or Wed works better for you.

June 13, 2009 12:31 PM  

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