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2 days to go – Terminator vs Sandra Bullock!

October 30, 2009

Hello All. Yes it is just two days until I run the New York Marathon. And I am more than a little excited and nervous. Thanks to all those additional sponsors of NCT in the last few days.  If you want to sponsor me please go to my Just Giving page here.

I won’t bore you with too much detail about the journey here from London but I will mention something i found interesting. I was sitting in a different set of seats to Helen, my wife, Stan, our son, and his friend, Lucas. I was sitting next to large, solid and unsmiling man. When the flight got under way and we started up our own personal in-flight entertainment systems, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that unsmiling man had chosen to watch a “girly” Bridget Jones movie.

Manly long distance runner that I am, I chuckled quietly to myself and selected Terminator Salvation.  Unfortunately(?) I can tell you nothing about that film. On my state of the art 12.5cm screen with disposable headphone Dolby THX surround sound what I got from the film was this:

Scene Type A: an indeterminate number of people, some male some female, are inside a dark room or in a desert somewhere. They are dressed in some kind of dusty military clothing.

Person 1: (gravelly voice, world weary, has suffered much): mmmummmm mummmmm mummmmmm mmmmmm.

Person 2: (gravelly voice, world weary, has suffered much): mmmummmm mummmmm mummmmmm mmmmmm.

[At this point I turn up the sound on my personal in-flight entertainment system to try to hear what is going on, when suddenly with no warning…]

Scene Type B:

KAAAAAAABOOOOOOOOM! CRAAAAASSSSSHHHHHHH! RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT

Very dark screen with very blurry images of things moving very very fast. Flames and stuff flying around.

Person 1: YARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH! SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT SHOUTY SHOUT  SHOUT!

Person 2: YARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH! SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT SHOUTY SHOUT SHOUT!

[At this point I turn down the sound on my personal in-flight entertainment system to try to hear what is going on, when suddenly with no warning…]

Scene Type A happens again. Followed by Scene Type B. And so on for two hours!
So after that I followed unsmiling man’s lead and watched the latest Sandra Bullock movie, The Proposal, wherein our Sandra has built up an emotional wall around her after a childhood trauma and has to go through a personal journey of self-discovery to find true love and happiness. See: great film – I understood what happened!
Anyway, since landing in New York I have registered for the marathon (two days to go) and got my number (46803, in case you are interested) and my goody bag. The bag contained many things you would expect: bottle of water, promotional t-shirt, promotional pen and sachets of oil and vinegar to make my own vinaigrette dressing. (Yes, you read that right, some oil and vinegar because of course – mile 19: what I need to run the last seven miles is a nice green salad so thank heavens I brought along my little sachets to make a delicious dressing!).
I love New York. And I am really excited to be here. Had a meal in Balthazar already. I’ll keep you posted.
Flying to New York haiku:
Flying to New York
Bullock beat Terminator
In movie face-off.