Yes, at the end of this week we get the race that even makes me have my once a year bets, the Grand National. And yes, at the end of this blog, I will give you 3 to avoid, the ones I fancy!
Of course, if you mention the race to most people, and asked them to say one name related to it, the answer would still be Red Rum, despite the fact that it was 40 years ago this year that he first won the race. Since then, we’ve had a void race, a race ran on a Monday due to a bomb scare, and sadly, more than a few fatalities along the way. But along comes that annual institution, and everyone decides they are the shrewdest punter in the world. Not me though, thats for sure lol!
Nowadays, the field has a maximum of 40 runners, and the fences have been tweaked dramatically for safety reasons from when I was young. Mind, nowadays you see the race in colour, wasnt the case for my first few National’s, thats for sure! Yes, I watched the Foinavon race (67) in sheer amazement probably, or as much as a 9 year old could at the time at least!
This year, for the first time in my memory, it wont be shown on the BBC. They now have given up on racing completely, and so the race will be shown on Channel 4 instead. And yes, it will be a crazy day for me at work, thats for sure! Funnily enough, Saturday is the only short day I have left this week, just a standard length day! The next 3 days, you dont want to know! Just dont expect any blogs till Sunday!
Right, the 3 fancy, and therefore I suspect should be avoided at all cost. Big Fella Thanks, Across The Bay, and Balthazar King, just dont say I didnt warn you.
And so to end with another Mersey classic, nothing to do with horse racing
A great song, from a great musical, Carousel. Though the featured version here is the version I remember from the 1960’s, not actually from the musical, or film.
The thing is, for many transgender people, thats the opposite polarity to what they face in life, far too many are just left to fend for themselves as best they can. And lets face it, for far too many, it doesnt work. Its why suicide rates amongst transgender people are so high, its coping with being who you are in the world, where far too many people just want to take a blinkered attitiude to the problem.
As for depression rates, well, you really dont want to know how bad they are, though its not hard to work out why, is it? And unfortunately, it sometimes leads to the fact mentioned above. And yes, I suffered from depression for far too long, ironically without really knowing why, beyond the fact that something was wrong with me, but what, I hadnt a clue. But no, not any more, well not because of transgenderism at least. And yes, what I’ve got at the moment is more annoyance with certain people, than depression, though they are making me wonder why I bother at times. And no, as far as I know, no one reading this, or related to anyone reading this is the target of my venom either.
Thankfully, I dont have to walk alone, got a number of good friends who support me through this, and a few others who seemingly admire me for what I do, and have done. But many others dont have it so easy, and even for people like me, there are still a number who dont like what they see, and try to make life hard, but I’m doing my best to ignore them, but a few are in a position where thats easier said than done, but even so…
On a lighter note, there will be one (or technically two) walks alone that will be interesting on Saturday, the ones through security at the airports, while wearing my enhancers. I’m told everything should be fine, but I’m planning to use an old pair all the same, just in case and all that! They are probably right, I’ll suddenly realise I’m through, and laugh, but…its more the TSA at Chicago that worries me in that sense, you hear so many tales, but they’ve told me it will be fine, so…
Hopefully there will be one more post before I go, Friday, when I’m certain of my freedom from somewhere lol, I’m sure. I promise, that will be more cheery than this one, though it might be cheesy as well. I will post from Seattle when possible, for those who want to know, and to let you know what security was like, I guess.
The song, well I’ve given it away already, I would say? So just enjoy (in black and white)