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From 2nd November 2017 until 2nd November 2018 – my 40th year.
It’s a bit of a milestone and as such I have decided to make it a year of “Do’s” rather than “wish I had’s”.
If you would like to help me celebrate, drop me a line and we can get it in the calendar.
|Friends and Family||I want to spend time with, you decide the activity|
|2.||Alex, Gemma, Robin & Ivy Hughes|
|4.||Alex & Chris Hughes (Rum fest?)|
|5.||Cliff, Gemma & Jack|
|7.||Noella, Ryan & Quinn|
|8.||Sylvia & Arthur|
|9.||Jo Wilday, Brandon, Billy & Pookie|
|10.||Kirsty & Heather|
|11.||The Hughes for Christmas|
|12.||Sean & Fiske|
|13.||Nick, Deena & Kipper|
|17.||Andrew Foster, David Hughes & Richard Wiggins|
|19.||Meet as many of the OMI channel, in person (If you know, you know)|
|20.||Ellen, Dan, Isabel & Kara|
|Places to go, food to eat or booze to consume|
|21.||Popes Eye for a steak|
|23.||Eat epic Ribs somewhere|
|24.||Eat the best pistachio gelato/Ice cream|
|25.||Hand & Flowers in Marlow|
|Things to do|
|26.||40 random acts of kindness|
|27.||40 days & 40 nights of holiday|
|28.||Run 40+ mile race (Ultra Marathon)|
|29.||Isle of Mann TT with Nick & Emma|
|30.||EMF – Electro Magnetic Field|
|31.||Attend a Pride|
|32.||Go to a Theme park|
|33.||Go for a proper wet shave|
|Open to suggestions||If you have an idea or want to spend time with me, drop me a line|
“Everyday is a gift, that’s why we call it the present”
Rather than buy me anything, I’d ask you make a donation.
I am not usually into charities but this are very close to home.
Dan and Katie are 2 of my closest friends and super heroes does not do them justice. They have the most amazing son, Finn who lives with a very rare condition: Jouberts Syndrome
He doesn’t need anything for now but I would love to support him in not beating the system, predictions and constraints placed upon him but to help him smash it out of the ball park!
He would love a bike as any young person does. However, like a man after my own heart, he needs a custom one and they aren’t inexpensive. Something along the lines of this Trike
If you want to buy me a present, support the running or generally help, please make a donation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Very much looking forward to seeing you on my journey.
Many people that get into scooting, do it via “The kids”. There are some epic blog posts about parents getting them to join in with the kids but they didn’t really resonate with me. I’m a growd up don’t you know and I don’t have any kids! But is it just a toy? A pointless fad? Anyone that knows me, knows I don’t do gadgets – I have too much stuff in my life and only like to keep things that I love and/or use.
Spoiler : I love my scooter and it is so much more than just a toy
My first scooter has arrived and I am completely converted. Every time I go out, I end up sharing it with someone. They, like me, end up grinning like a loon.
“Growing up is over rated but growing as a person is where it is at!”
My neighbour, Nick’s quote “these are built for Milton Keynes”. He’s not wrong!
Not gonna lie, I was a bit scared to start with, particularly of the hill next to my flat. “How good are the breaks? “, “how much will it hurt if i stack it?”.
Needless to say I didn’t need to worry, just be confident…. so i ended up riding my hill in the dark. Talk about baptism of fire ????
I’ve already had the “aren’t you a bit old to be scooting?”.
Grin like an idiot and shout “Never!” whilst travelling as fast as my feet will propel me.
I feel like a child with a black steed, embossed with runes of power, that ignite and spark as I trace my fingers over them…. and off to my next business meeting I propel myself
So, as with all these things, I need to justify the purchase. Mainly to my other half but also to me. Do I NEED it?
Here’s a little insight into my thought process.
First up, how much time does it save?
Here are the https://runkeeper.com results of my trips from the local train station, both on foot and using the Scooter.
Some context: – The route has a large “up hill” section – I am walking (and being towed by the dogs) in the rain so it is a little faster than normal.
Walking vs Scooting
15 minutes vs 45 minutes!
It is faster!!
Here’s my thought process:
- Time is a valued commodity
- Scooting is 2x faster than walking (my runkeeper suggests 3x)
- You do a 30 minute walking commute per day
- Work 5 days a week
- Earn minimum wage £7.20 per hour
- 200 workable days in a year
Now for the maths
- Saving 15 minutes per day
- Which equates to 50 hours per Year saving
- Which equates to £360 per year saving of my time
A scooter may cost you £180 and I value my time above all else. You decide…
You might also, inadvertently
- get fit
- have fun
- meet new people (who may or may not have a scooter)
- find other things to use it for apart from commuting
- Quick pop to the shops
- Meeting friends and their kids for a scoot around a lake
- Trips in the the Big City
- Going our for a scooter cos you like it
Whatever your decision, for me, it is fun exercise that has saved me time and has become a daily addictive habit.
I cannot wait for the Summer of 2017.