Thursday, 12 June 2014

Plans....

Last week I decided that I would go with plan A. I would go with it hammer and tong... I just needed to get a few other people on board and then all would be well. If all went to plan A then I would commit myself; I would work hard; I would be focused, and diligent. But, whilst I was waiting for the few other people to make their minds up, I started to think about plan B.
Plan B started as a tiny seed in my head, not as full on as plan A, but it definitely had its attractions... indeed, it grew to be so attractive that it made plan A look positively dowdy by comparison. So when the few other people decided not to jump on board with me, I wasn't bothered. I had the glorious plan B to fall back on. I began to move forward with plan B with a smile on my face and a jaunty sway on my hips. And then I had doubts. The seed began to shrivel. Plan B was boring.
This led me to creating plan C, which, to be honest, was originally plan A from several years ago. I thought about plan C, and my heart began to flutter... YES, plan C would be the new plan A. I was thrilled with this new concept. I began on this new old project. Files and papers sat on my desk waiting to be worked on. I was ready. But then plan R turned up from nowhere... intriguing plan R... which was more of a temporary interruption to plan C [now to be known as plan A], but meant the postponement of plan A [previously plan C]....
Anyhow, I have now finished plan R.... but during the process of completing it, I started thinking, and I now have a plan P, plan S and a plan D to consider.

I suppose it is a good thing to have plans?

Meanwhile, all this talk from Pat and Mitzi regarding cruises has stirred my memory. Way back in 1996 I also went on a cruise and the other week I sifted through my photographs... it was the best holiday I've ever had. So far, I have only scanned this one....


It is the only photograph I have of myself that makes me look vaguely glamorous. I am wearing a cocktail frock and an old Barbour jacket. It's flipping cold up north; in my next post I will show you exactly how cold it is.

I will be off to the scanner then.....

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  1. It's good that there were no seagulls trying to peck your fag!

    N from K

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    1. Mr Nikos: Indeed! Such behaviour would have made me very cross.
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    1. Mr Mags: I had some silly plans back then n'all!
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  3. My Plan A was to go on a four-year cruise. But, everything on the boat was either Haze Gray or Deck Gray, the food was "so so," most of the ports we did visit could be described as "Third World," and I was sea sick the entire time. It wasn't anything like the brochure.

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    1. Mr Lax: Oh, Mr Lax! Next time I'll pack you in my trunk and show you the sites.
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  4. my plans never get off the ground, so glad to be able to feel relatively organised vicariously through yours.

    Bux

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    1. Bux: I am doing the wandering from room to room thing today... there are the plans... and then there is the sunny weather and a garden that needs a tidy....
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  5. All sounds very Seussian to me - and all the more intriguing for it. I wish I had a photo of me even half so glamorous...
    All agog.
    Axxx

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    1. Annie: I will be showing a less glamorous, more realistic photo in my next post.
      I always look glamorous in a frock... sadly, I don't have cause to wear one that often.
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  6. I have to admit a cruise isn't really on my list of things to do because, like LX, I get seasick and that just wouldn't be a good holiday. It all sounds appealing except for the being in a boat part. ;-)

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    1. Ponita: I was surprised that I wasn't seasick. One evening the ship hit rough waters and the crew placed brown paper sick bags all over the place... on the stair wells, everywhere. The restaurant was empty that night... strangely, I was in my element. The feeling was like getting drunk without drinking anything. I went to the front of the ship... the deck was rolling up and down... and I found myself stuck up in the air. It was wonderful.
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    2. HMS Scarlet Intrepid !

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  7. I'm very glad we share the same alphabet otherwise it might be all Greek or Cyrillic to me. Here's an idea: Start with plan A then jump to plan Z, then B, Y and so on. You'll get so confused that next time you'll only think of two plans at most. Labeling advice is an unappreciated talent of mine.

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    1. Bill: After reading this post through, I have decided to bin all the plans and just go on a cruise. Sounds like a plan!
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    2. to bin or not to bin - Bill Shakes was a great writer. Do you think he would have blogged?
      I enjoy getting my knowledge of British slang refreshed here.

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    3. Bill: Slang! I speak fluent slang!
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  8. Oh, dear. I fear we share the same Problem with Plans. I have had so many plans that I have ended up making words and then sentences with the cast-asides as a means of procrastinating the actual implementing of said Plans.
    I'd move on from Plans P, S & D if I were you - You'll only succumb to Plan Stress Disorder!

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    1. P.S. You do look glam in that photo.

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    2. Mr Devine: Re-reading this post made me feel stressy... enough with the plans! No more plans!
      I will have projects instead... they are short term, and don't hint at a grand final outcome.
      I am the scruffiest wee person you could ever meet... so that photo is quite remarkable.
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  9. Oh!Scarlet! have you been rummaging in my drawers? My plan drawers, I mean.It's so long since I even looked at them I wouldn't know!
    I'm an odd bod as I cringe at the thought of going on a cruise.I'm not very comfortable with lots of people.
    But I'm looking forward to the next Plan Morph.:-)

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    1. Dinah: I have heard of plans being hastily scribbled on paper napkins, but never on a pair of drawers! I will try it the next time I am silly enough to try and make plans.
      I don't know what cruising is like these days, but strange as it may seem, the ship never felt crowded... there was always room... always a seat, and always someone at hand to refill my glass... and loads of food. I was born to cruise!
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  10. I question why you cut off the photo above the knees.

    Are you wearing CROCS?

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    1. MJ: The photographer was keen on landscape shots... I think he was trying to take a picture of the sea and I just got in the way!
      Crocs....pfffttttt.... wellies more like....
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  11. Hi Ms Scarlet, glad you're also a fan of cruising. It really is a wonderful past-time.
    Fanny x

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    1. Ms Fanny: It is indeed! I am saving for my next one... I am going to save enough for a 30 day round trip... and I'm going to go to the US... and Canada.... I may have enough money by 2020. True!!
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  12. Love that photo - reminds me of Kate O'Mara in Triangle. The "cruise ship" on that programme always looked bloody cold, too... Jx

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    1. Jon: Thank you, Jon!
      What a strange programme Triangle was... but it was probably this that made me dream of cruising in the first place! I would like to see it again... just to see if it actually made any sense.
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  13. That's an elegant pose you struck. You look like an ad for the cigarette.

    You've got 26 letters in the alphabet. Surely, you can come up with an option that will stick before running out.

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    1. Mr Pain: Oh crikey, I will get the anti-smoking lobby after me if I'm not careful...
      Let's just be grateful that I went with alphabetical plans and not numbered plans.
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  14. XTC making plans for Scarlet. Did you get an invite to the captain's cocktail party? Love the picture, reminds me of Bella Emberg in La Dolce Vita.

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  15. Mitzi: Tis true I probably have more in common with Bella Emberg than Anita Ekberg!
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  16. trés chic madame - I've never been on a cruise xxxx

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    1. Lulu: It's worth going on one just for the experience of being totally spoilt!
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  17. I'm wondering if Miss Scarlet sported any of these looks?

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    1. I always looked like an extra for Bananarama!
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    2. I should be so lucky... Jx

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  18. Ms Blue looks like she'S on top of the world. And scruffy people are always fabulous divas inside just waiting for their moment.

    No more plans for me. No more projects either. I have... ehmm... wishes but I have no intention of lifting one single finger to make them come true.

    I'll quote here a short part of one of my next post. My life is an experiment and the world is my laboratory. I... mix stuff. I try things with no particular results in mind. "Heres an acid and here's a base. Let's put them together and see what's going to happen?"

    I found that plans and projects puts way too much pressure on us/me. They say we have to make things happen otherwise we'll never get anywhere and never accomplish anything. Well, THAT has never work for me. And of course they say it's because I didn't work hard enough. So I worked harder and failed again and they say it's because I'm not positive enough and... and... and... I got tired of always feeling guilty for never being enough this or that so I gave up everything: dreams, hopes, plans, goals, expectations.

    And I never felt any better in my whole life since then. But, like I said on Rose's blog, that is only "my story"

    Hugs
    Jon

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    1. JD-Blue: I agree. Plans and projects hint at an ultimate goal... to be honest I've always felt deflated when I've succeeded at reaching a goal... it's all a bit of a construct really to keep us fretting and striving. I've had enough... there are so many goal posts strewn over my football pitch that I'm confused as to what I'm supposed to be aiming at. The England football team probably feels much the same.
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    2. "it's all a bit of a construct really to keep us fretting and striving"

      Yes - this's an interesting thought. One can change things. At least I am told do.

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    3. Mr Mags: I think we are programmed to make plans. It's a difficult piece of programming to break.
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    4. Programmed is a good term in our "computerized" days. I also often use the word "brainwashed". Brainwashed by religion, school, society; by the beliefs and values of the family, the clan, the tribe, etc.The "un-washing" can be indeed strenuous and takes so m uch time, and by time I mean years, that it is understandable very few are willing to do the work and we prefer to simply follow the flow. But at what cost.......

      Sometime ago, I decided to swim out of the flow.

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    5. Yes, it is very difficult to swim away from cultural indoctrinisation, in all it's forms, but the first step is being aware of being manipulated. Ack... not sure about swimming... feels more like drowning!
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    6. *spelling - indoctrination.
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    1. Mr Chairman: Don't care. I like them. And to be honest I'm not exactly a nubile slip of a girl anymore!
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  20. Looks like a still from an 80s Richard Curtis film.

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    1. Andy: Ha ha! As Jon said earlier - I should be so lucky!
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  21. Very glamdarling. Ciggy on the fore or aft or whereever you are in blowy wind with cocktail frock, you look fabulous.. i get horrifically seasick and am terrified of buffets and tight spaces so would be no good at all on a cruise. My friends just came back from one which they said was a dreadful caste system, budget down below and big payers oop top with specialty restaurants

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    1. Jody: I am usually a bit weird with buffets... but they didn't bother me. The food was fab.
      I took a wild guess that it was the Cunard Line that segregated passengers according to how much they'd spent on their cabin. And I found this on Avid Cruiser. I went with P&O, and everyone could go where they wanted too.
      I worry more about the staff. I came across this.
      The dark side of cruising!
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    2. And people keep banging on about Lord Lucan.... I blame aliens... or a wardrobe into another world.
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  22. Glamourous or just desperate for a fag? :D Nice photo.

    Plans are never a good idea, better to just get on and do it.

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    1. Indeed, Mr Joey, I would.... but I am permantly distracted.... or I'm nipping out for a fag :-)
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  23. A little doodling ... and voilà!

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    1. What are you up to, Mr Lax? You could get thrown into the Tower for that sort of behaviour!
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  24. That is a fabulous and fantastic foto of you! Beautiful! The way the jacket falls into a diagonal with your opposite arm on your hip creates a spectacular dynamic line. I love how your dark clothes and straight angles complement the blue color and curves of the ocean. It's a magnificent composition. I can almost see the waves rolling behind you!

    I'm with you on cruises. Love 'em! For me, it's the cheapest and one of the most fun and great ways to travel. If you book a great cruise, you have a great time! Research to find the really great ones. On a cruise ship, I don't have to worry about hauling luggage from hotel to hotel; the cruise ship is the hotel and it goes to the places I want to go. And the food is delicious! And the entertainment--from shows to clubs to bars to parties and events--are fun.

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    1. Mr Swings: Why thank you! I believe this is the first time that the word dynamic has ever been used to describe anything to do with me!
      Yes, this is what I like about cruises... no lugging luggage, and the holiday starts with the first drink in the departure lounge. No pushing, no shoving, no queuing, no sleeping in airports due to delays... and hasn't 'departure lounge' got a civilised ring to it?
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  25. You are a card:)
    Love the photo - the blue of the ocean, the lime green and the hint of - am I allowed to say auburn?

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    1. Pat: We shall address 'the hint of auburn' in my next post... which might be tomorrow, when everyone is out and about enjoying their weekends.
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  26. Scarlet I've just read Mitzie's post. Are you a Veggie?

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    1. Pat: This is strange that you ask, because after reading Mitzi's post I also made enquiries regarding whether a blogging friend was vegetarian!
      I'm not... although I don't eat beef, lamb or pork... I eat bacon when I give in to temptation.
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  27. Hey Ms. Scarlet! I sympathise. Being a bloke means the overlapping cycle of plans is hardwired. Poor attention span, I think? We're hopeless. I look forward to more scans, and news of K. J and Z. Indigo x

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  28. I assume you are making the best of your off-blogging time. You are probably fighting off the paparazzi as I write this.

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  29. Yes ... the aborigines get uneasy ... the big drum bonks through the night ... bigdshers-bigdshers ... the men nervously fondle their sticks, there is something building up ...

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  30. Oh lord, there is a rabble at the bottom of my comment box...
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  31. This month I can be found on www.wonky-words.com
    :-)
    Sx

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    1. Thank you, Mr Mags... us fictional characters get everywhere... possibly more prolific than real people.
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  33. Is that the Titanic you're on? It looks as though there's a slight tilt...

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