1. Michael E

    Michael E Registered User

    Apr 14, 2005
    Ronda Spain
    Probably none of you except maybe our US colleagues have heard of Jimmy Buffet.?

    I used to rule my world from a payphone
    Ship out on the sea
    But now times are rough
    Oh, I got too much stuff,
    I can’t explain the likes of me.
    But there’s this one particular harbour
    So far and yet so near
    Where I see the days as they fade away
    Finally disappear.

    But then I think about the good times
    Down in the Caribbean sunshine
    In ……….. fun we had

    It's just I was playing some in the boat today on my 'day off' and whilst I was working this track came up -- We were in a little harbour - Marthon Harbour - in Biscayne Bay on the millenium -- its actually a tiny bay for 2 or 3 boats in a nature reserve. Nothing there. Monique and I celebrated the entry into 2000 three times - one for the UK, one for La France and one for the US of A... And we were happy.. nothing special - just at ease with ourselves and contented... to be in a tiny bay with a couple of other boats - listening to a transitor world radio and banging a spoon on a saucepan to welcome in a new year.......... And it can never never ever be like that again and I am so sad.

    Good artist Jimmy Buffet - in touch with lots of real things

  2. mel

    mel Registered User

    Apr 30, 2006
    Hi Michael
    oh dear...it is so sad...but what beautiful memories you have....treasure them:)
  3. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    Birmingham Hades
    Hi Michael
    how well I know those feelings and the sadness when thinking about those times.
    The dinners,the dances the wonderful holidays.
    New years we spent with 20 friends,then over the years it has become just Peg and me,they have all gone now.So sad
  4. Kathleen

    Kathleen Registered User

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Sussex
    Norman and Michael

    It is this aching sadness that makes me very unwilling to look back on how things were, I just can't cope with it yet.

    I wonder if I ever will while Mum is still alive, it's too painful.

  5. Lynne

    Lynne Registered User

    Jun 3, 2005
    Hi Michael

    Yup, I'm old enough & 'square' enough to have heard of Jimmy Buffet, and yes, he really pulls at your heart strings sometimes.

    It's sad that you & Monique will never be able to re-create those times, but don't ignore the fact that you shared so much happiness at the time, and your love was returned.

    Best wishes
  6. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    Birmingham Hades
    I do have some wonderful happy memories,but they become sad memories when I realise that they are gone forever.
    Some times I think it is easier to not look back,I won't have the happy memories but I also will not have the regrets to sadden me.
    But I cannot help looking back because there is no future,so I dream about the memories and then weep through the sadness.
    Whichever course I take I live by my "Day by Day"
  7. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    SW Scotland
    Dear Norman

    You sound so incredibly sad. I don't know what I can say to help you, except that your many friends on TP are thinking of you.

    I know what you mean about the memories, It's so hard to take them out and look at them.

    But there is a future, Norman. You have so many friends here, and you seem to be involved in other things at home. I know you miss your Peg so much, but don't allow yourself to become isolated in your sadness, she wouldn't want that for you.

    We're all thinking about you.

  8. daughter

    daughter Registered User

    Mar 16, 2005
    #8 daughter, Oct 10, 2006
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2006
    Dear Norman,

    I usually only see Mum when I visit Dad in his home or if we go out for a trip, but I went to my Mum's house the other day. All around there is frame upon frame of photographs from my Mum's life. Children, grandchildren, and, as you can imagine, lots of my Dad at varying ages. She constantly adds to the collection, after she has unearthed some long forgotten snap, had it enlarged and found a frame. I do wonder if it might be best to put away the pictures because of the constant reminder, as I'm sure they must upset her much of the time. But then when she shows them to me and talks about past times, I hear the love she has for all that my Dad has ever been to her and I know that that must out-weigh the sadness a thousand-fold.

    As Skye says, we're all thinking of you.
  9. rummy

    rummy Registered User

    Jul 15, 2005
    I know Biscayne Bay well, spent alot of time in Key Largo and lived in Florida for a time. Yes, Jimmy Buffet is a hero of sorts here.
    "Blew out my flipflop, stepped on a poptop
    Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home,
    But there's booze in the blender,
    And soon it will render,
    That frozen concoction that helps me hang on."

    Must post these lyrics by Garth Brooks because I think it is appropriate to us all.

    "And now I'm glad I didn't know
    The way it all would end the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
    But I'd have had to miss the dance"

    Take care Michael and Norman,
  10. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    Hi, just loggd in again after a brief respite...........

    If I don't remember the sentiment........I certainly get your drift. Take care, sending you love (incidently, you inspire me, along with on or two others from TP)
    Love, as always,

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