You know, that's one thing my children will never say. There will be no "Dad's going sooo grey!" or "Do you think Dad's secretly dying his hair?" There are some advantages to being an albino, yes.
I realised one thing, though: I can fail to see a person for well over a year and as soon as I meet them again, it's all very casual and we just pick up where we left off. There's no hoopla or anything. In a similar way, parting isn't painful. To me, it's like they're just heading down the road and I can visit any time, and when I do finally see them again, it's like I've just taken that stroll down to their place. I'm not sure why this is. Perhaps it's because I've become so used to leaving my mother and father on flights back and forth between New Zealand that I've come to be very used to parting and meeting back up. Perhaps it's because I've lost all grasp of time. It doesn't feel as if the last time I saw Dad was Easter 2003, though that in itself doesn't feel like tremendously long ago either. Just earlier this week, I thought it was still 2003 ... and a couple of weeks ago, I was talking as if it's 2005. I get this feeling that I'm moving at a completely different pace to normal time. It's headed off over there and I'm wandering a most dissimilar direction.
Major event in my life last night: after months of out-right refusal, I gave in and shaved for the first time. Frankly, I hate it. If anyone sees any pale facial hair wandering around lost, wondering where their father is, please send them home to me. I miss them and I'm sure they miss me. Why did I ever have that silly idea to tidy myself up for Presentation Night?
On a U2-ish note (none of you saw this coming, I know), full copies of Original Of The Species and acoustic All Because Of You have leaked. Even acoustically, ABOY rocks! That's one awesome song. If they must keep the acoustic set, I'd love to hear ABOY/Desire - that would actually keep my interest, although I'm sure if I was actually AT a concert, I'd enjoy the slow performances of songs such as Stay. And OOTS ... Edge plays some beautiful piano and in my opinion, it's a new direction for U2 mixed with a flavour of The Unforgettable Fire and Passengers. Some are complaining Bono's voice is weak, but I have no idea where they are coming from. Compared to this time on the ATYCLB promo tour, Bono's voice is absolutely better (really, by all logic, he shouldn't have a voice left) and he puts in a great effort on this performance. A full version with the whole band will be absolutely stunning. Initially, I thought it would build towards a loud and rousing conclusion and maybe it does with the full band, but I'm happy with it as it is. It's really, really good! I'll gladly take OOTS/THTBA as an acoustic set - that would work wonderfully.
And so it's election day in the US. To celebrate (celebrate, really?) ... A POLL ON AN OVER-DONE TOPIC! For the sake of the poll, presume these are the only two options available to you and that you are an American voter of legal age.
Who would you vote for?
George Bush/Dick Cheney
John Kerry/John Edwards