I spoke to my brother on the phone today. First time I’ve spoken to him in a year, as near as dammit. We’ve been in touch a couple of times via email in the last week, and it is good to finally be back in touch, to know where he is and what the score is, as it were. He is going back to our parents’ place in Troon tomorrow, and I know they will be relieved to see him. I’m not entirely certain when they last saw him, now I come to think about it. It might have been Christmas 2002.
It’s been a fairly stressful time then. It’s made me realise how fragile things can be in these days, in this society structure, and how easy it seems to be to fall off the conveyor belt it creates for us. Anyway, we talked at length this morning, and that was good. Mostly I think I listened.
So he will be back with our parents for a week at least, and I am flying up Friday after school for the weekend. I first thought about flying up several days ago, and was still weighing up the idea when by chance I spotted an email in my Spamfire window from someone I had been at high school with. I rescued the email, and whaddya know, it was a message telling me about a 20 year reunion, happening in Troon this very Saturday. He had sent an email about it earlier in the month that I hadn’t spotted, and this was a second attempt. So I figured it was some kind of sign that meant I really was meant to go back this coming weekend, and I went and booked my flights there and then. Of course, my high school years largely sucking as they did, maybe it was a sign for me NOT to go back. But heh. Whatcha gonna do? (cue Ken from Freaks and Geeks – ‘I don’t know. What ARE you gonna do?’ I used that line before didn’t I? Well it’s too good to resist - sue me.)
And no, of course my decision was not even remotely affected by the fact that I watched Grosse Point Blank earlier in the month. Oh no. And no, when anyone asks what I do (this assuming anyone will 1. recognise me and 2. will deign to speak to me) I will NOT tell them I am a professional killer. Wonder if anyone will give me a pen?
I understand that the initial plan for the reunion was for it be in the form of a celidh, although thankfully instead the entertainment is to be an ’80s disco. Did I really just write that thankfully the entertainment is to be an ’80s disco? I did, didn’t I? Sheesh. I dare say April Showers, Josek K, McCarthy, The Bodines, Felt etc will not be on the playlist. Maybe I will make my own iTunes playlist and listen to it on my iPod all night. Maybe not.