Salad Days at St Benedict's College

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Report from Ontario, Canada

9 May 2006

Team member MM, in Australia, received the following report from Old Ben Johnny the Kid in Ontario, Canada.

My very dear dear Platypus alias Simple Simeon or Simon was it?

Anyway, that doesn't matter either way, my simple mind doesn't understand what these things called blogs are, but here’s some news about my most recent escapade.

I, or rather we, my youngest daughter and I, went for the Old Ben’s Dance on the 22nd of April which was held at the Holiday Inn in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, with a Goanese Band with the moniker "Naked Flame" to swing things up for the night - which they really did.

We were at the table in the company of Mohan Fernandopulle and a few others whom we did not really know as they were either Old Bens who were senior to us or others who were junior to us and yet others who were not even a twinkle in someone’s imagination when we were at College. Anyway, we had a great time dancing our cares away for the night and inevitably I danced with quite a few attractive partners before the day was done or rather the night turned to day.

Blastoff was at 7 in the evening and the last Baila session ended at 2.30 in the morning when all good things came to an end and I was dropped off at home for a good nights sleep or rather a day’s sleep now that the ball bearings are a bit rusty at this day and age.

I enjoyed the waltzes and cha-chas the most before finally calling it a day.

All in all I had a really good time: since we're here today and gone tomorrow so why not make the best use of the present time.

Unfortunately, there are not very many Bens of my age group here. I did miss Isaac Wenaden and George Direcksz but all my other pals are in good old Blighty, down under in Kangyland or in God's keeping.

Anyway old pal how's the going? As for me I landed a desk job in my youngest daughter’s office way back in November last year and I am quite happy and coping. My greatest pride and pleasure is that I beat a few other guys years younger than me to land this job.

My next move is to plan a vacation to good old Sri Lanka maybe sometime in March next year and I’m trying to put away some money to save up for my ticket and spending money on the trip.

How have you been keeping you old hound dog? Learnt any new tricks? Beware of all these new adverts on "Viagra" because what goes up has invariably got to come down: these new miracle pills may kill the going up permanently and make it as dead as a "Dodo".

I hope you're healthy and happy my dearest buddy, all the best till I have the time to write next.

Wishing you and yours happiness always, love and God bless

Johnny the Kid


At 5:47 AM, Blogger maxgerreyn said...

I reckon this is a good `start up' - very homesy and endearing and no pretence on the part of the Kiddo. He and his darling Mum and family were personal friends of mine in those times when to miss mass on a Sunday was a `mortal sin!' Kiddo's Mum was a Primary School teacher at our alma mater for well over a quarter of a century and she too was as forthright and honest as her eldest son is. Long gone to her Heavenly Pastures she will surely be reading this and having that wonderful toothy chuckle of hers. Good on you Johnny Kiddo - me bonzer old mite!


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