We had a power outage last week and I brewed tea over a small wood fire in the backyard and then wrote a stiff letter to Pacific Gas and Electric by candlelight with a fountain pen complaining that if they were intent on destroying my children’s future home with their coal powered plants and nuclear waste the least they could do, while charging me an arm and a leg, was to keep their side of the deal and power the screens that bring us news of our imminent demise. As well giving me the luxury of my electric kettle.
Our “small” Northern California suburban town now has a population of 225,000 and luckily for us all a good deal of them seem to be graduates of either the Calcutta Institute of Technology or Peking University. So as well as a vibrant community in which my 7 and 8 year-olds are enrolled in an Mandarin immersion program at their elementary school, I can also buy PG Tips tea, get a decent curry and samosas, as well as buy a cricket bat if I wish, not to mention make use of Chinese herbal medicine that is, and indeed tastes, 3,000 years old.
I'm currently attempting to re-discovering shreds of my boyhood in my love and appreciation of football, or soccer as they call it here. www.LukeJamesSoccer.com
It was rugby at school and footy at home on the housing estate thanks to the Labour Party’s social experiment of the day. I would like to thank Prime Minister Harold Wilson though for providing me with a solid, decent education. One that has ultimately resulted in practically no one these days knowing what the bloody hell I’m on about. I have purchased a bulldog-headed walking stick that I wave in unnoticed disapproval as humanity passes with its face buried in a screen.
I bloody love technology though – probably comes of being happily married to a former NASA, blonde, German, rocket scientist. Tends to keep a chap on his technological toes, that sort of thing.
But anyone who says that having young children at the age of 60 keeps you young has obviously never tried it! It's exhausting, although ultimately the only truly worthwhile thing I’ll ever do with my life. So bully for me then!
If you’re reading this on your phone, ipad, or kindle thing and you see movement out of the corner of your eye it’s probably just me waving my bulldog-headed walking stick at you.
Causes Luke James Supports
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