Some of you may have noticed that I have not blogged for a few days, or perhaps you haven’t, for you like me may have been away for the weekend enjoying yourself.
What an interesting choice of word for today’s word prompt, juxtapose and how it fits so easily with my experiences at the weekend, for a start lets juxtapose the joy of being retired and having the ability to go away at any time, with the lack of a regular income to pay for said jaunts.
This last weekend entailed a trip away to watch our grandchildren play in a football tournament and again one can juxtapose the pleasure aspect of being away with my delightful wife, compared to the purgatory that was watching the football matches, although to be fair my version of watching football is not perhaps a conventional one. Indeed the comparison between my version of sitting by the side of the pitch in my deckchair reading the latest edition of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Driver magazine and a considerable number of the other fathers and grandfathers who would stand at the side of the pitch shouting instructions at the top of their voices to the poor infants on the pitch, is as they say like chalk and cheese.
I am in the very lucky position to be the owner of both, a modern Bentley Arnage and a classic 1947 Mk VI Bentley and once again one can juxtapose the two cars as the newer car has the benefit of air conditioning, whereas the older one has the option to open the window should the weather become unseasonably hot and perhaps with the weather being baking hot at the weekend, had we compared the two cars before opting to take the older one, we may have been slightly cooler.
Earlier I mentioned the joy of being able to go away whenever one desired if one was retired, however living the life of Reilly has it’s pitfalls when the bills for all this merriment appear and one can juxtapose the two possible lifestyles. That of living like a hermit and saving one’s investments or the life of Reilly whereby one spends and enjoys one’s life. Always a conundrum for if we all had a sell by date where we knew exactly when we might die the arithmetic for calculating how much one might spend to be buried with nought but a pound left would be far easier.
One is never certain when given a word to write about exactly how many times to use it in the text and I am thinking of printing this blog with the word juxtapose both included in and removed from the text, then I can juxtapose both versions to see if I have used the word juxtapose too many times!