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Morecambe 1 Newport County 0

  Mon 7th June 2021

The idea was to see Morecambe in their promotion play-off final against Newport County. I would meet the girls in London. Where and when exactly, I didn't know. But we've all got phones nowadays. My eldest had my ticket on hers.

On the bus to the station, I realised I'd left my normal phone, a reliable old Nokia with Snake on it, at my house. However, I had brought my other phone. It's the cheapest possible "smartphone" I could find when I was failing to teach Kazakh children anything. My head of department told me that everyone communicates by WhatsApp so I'd need one.

I rarely use it, so bought a SIM card for it at the station, but it wouldn't register, so on a sludgey train internet connection, I was forcing emails out to my eldest, each short text taking a disconnection and reconnection to send, trying to arrange a rendezvous.

In the meantime, friendly Newport County fans were as deprecating of their team as I was about Morecambe. We shared our drink and shook hands.

The day before, I had suggested to the girls that we meet in the Wetherspoons at St Pancras. In there, a barmaid came up to me, and said "Lubin?" "Well, looby. Why?" "Have you got three daughters going to Wembley this afternoon?" "Yes" "They'll meet you at Wembley Central."

"Thank you, thank you, that's very lovely of you!" I disconnected and reconnected again. "Barmaid's just told me where you are. Fab initiative Eldest! I'm just having some machos. I'll see you there!"

I followed it up. "Yes, I'm having some machos. They're called Rupert and Richard. I'll see you once I've finished with them."

Delighted at my eldest's initiative, I headed to Wembley Park instead. At a different station to where she said they'd be, I was frustrated and sad that I couldn't see them. At the portals of Wembley stadium, homely accents all around me, I turned away at three o'clock and walked back down the concrete avenue back to the Underground station. There was a crappy sports bar place showing the match, but the bouncer wouldn't let me in because "you have to register on the app." I pitched for sympathy, showing him my phone, aiming to stimulate a pleasure at indulging the incompetence of 50somethings, but he was unmoved.

On the train home I met Sexy Ex Boss and her husband on the train, which postponed my disconsolate feelings until I got home. They had a spare ticket to Bristol, which was a relief. I don't like risking my expired train pass on the trains of the company from which I was dismissed. I told them my tale of incompetence and disappointment. They got me my second free pint of the day.

In my flat, I found my phone, all innocent and grey, which had sat the drama out on the settee. It was showing a text from Mel saying that she supposed that I was celebrating somewhere.

9 comments »

9 comments

Comment from: monkey man [Visitor]

I am so sorry that you have found that there is a thing worse than watching Morecambe play.

Tue 8th June 2021 @ 22:23 Reply to this comment
Comment from: [Member]

Yes, I was especially disappointed with Rupert.

Wed 9th June 2021 @ 21:54 Reply to this comment
Comment from: Scarlet [Visitor]

Oh crikey. It’s easy to get Central and Park in a muddle - they go together too well.
Bloody apps.
Sx

Wed 9th June 2021 @ 13:40 Reply to this comment
Comment from: [Member]

You are too kind Scarlet. The fault is entirely in my pickled brain.

Wed 9th June 2021 @ 21:55 Reply to this comment
Comment from: kono [Visitor]

Cracking tale! though probably not in reality since it was a bit of a muddle… but hey Machos… i’m taking that idea to my local gay bar and seeing if they put it on the menu…

and out of curiosity… does that email we corresponded by a while back still work for you… i have a private message i would like to relay ;)

Mon 14th June 2021 @ 13:11 Reply to this comment
Comment from: looby [Visitor]

Hiya kono, yes that address works – looking forward to hearing from you.

Tue 15th June 2021 @ 10:30 Reply to this comment
Comment from: monkey man [Visitor]

I had a dream last night where I was sitting on a terrace between two rickety rows of French houses clutching the toddler and talking to a Spanish ex when suddenly you emerged from a hotel a few doors down, bickering with the receptionist. I am afraid that after a while I lost my patience and shouted, “Look, if you want modernism you can fuck off to Bucharest.”

Mon 14th June 2021 @ 20:31 Reply to this comment
Comment from: looby [Visitor]

“Oh give it a Bucharest, looby.”

Tue 15th June 2021 @ 10:06 Reply to this comment
Comment from: kono [Visitor]

you’ve got mail ;)

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