Preparations

Tomorrow I have to find the best place to get Danish money. If anyone says ‘Denmark’ I’ll poke them in the eye.

Then I have to get something so strange I won’t even say what it is – it might spoil a surprise. It will add to the contents of a suitcase I already shake my head at in disbelief. If anyone had told me, even a few months ago, what I’d be packing now I’d have laughed. I’m not laughing now, but smiling quite a lot. Which is, in itself, a hell of a change.

If this case gets searched on the way over I will have to come up with some of the fastest talking I have ever done in my life. It’s not just the things, it’s the combination… the last dregs of street cred lie in bubble wrap in a suitcase here. Is it all worth it? Yes, it is.

It’s not just a trip I’m preparing for. It’s what Dr. Who fans would call a regeneration. The entire destruction of a previous life and its replacement with something completely new. I did it once before although that was unintentional, and I didn’t obliterate the old life entirely. This time there will be carry-overs too – such as this blog. But a lot of things are going forever. One in particular, but that’s a story for a later day.

I’ll sell a lot of it, even the irreplaceable stuff. The 1/24th Opel fire truck I converted to RHD. The kit no longer exists. The black DAF box-van with the dragons, also converted to RHD. There never was such a kit.

Most of the train stuff (but not the 9Fs, I won’t part with those). I already had to part with irreplaceable stuff to pay bills in the lean times before the Local Shop job – some will remember because I know some of you bought a few of them. Thanks. I had no help at this end, it was good to know there was help out there.

I have a carved Naga staff, a Hellraiser box, a replica of Conan’s sword, a battle axe and mace and Ninja darts and knives – more than enough to scare a drone to death. So much accumulated stuff and now I realise I don’t need any of it. The important material stuff, the stuff that I do need, is small and easily replaceable. For the rest, well, I did it once so there is no real need to do it again. It’s enough to know that I can – or could.

I have to apologise to regular readers for the current state of this blog. It is not what you have come to expect but then this year was not what I expected either. A year of massive change with huge complications built in. It’s going to be chaos. It’s going to be stranger than anything even I have experienced before, and it will have difficult, even painful parts.

But it will be worth it. Every dart that landed in me, every stab in the chest, every cigarette burn will be worth it. It will be intense and nasty and hard but I’m going to do it anyway.

And you know what? I’m actually looking forward to it.

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38 thoughts on “Preparations

  1. Damn it! I hope that you are not planning to board a ferry and throw yourself over the side halfway across the North Sea. The North Sea is damned cold.
    On the other hand, I would applaud a grand gesture, such as blowing yourself up alongside the Mermaid thing in Copenhagen. That would certainly make a splash, both bloody and newspaper-wise.
    Good luck with your plans.

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  2. Best of luck Leg! Just don’t try to skim the axe, mace, darts, and knives into your carry-on baggage or this blog might go on a long-term hiatus!

    :>
    Michael
    P.S. Not knowing what you’re doing exactly or how definite/long-term it will be, it’s hard to say if it’s worth it — but — you might consider packing a bunch of your larger, not-quite-vital-but-still-fond items into a couple of large crates and finding a friend willing to store them in the corner of a basement for a while for you. That way, just in case things don’t work out, you’ll have something to come back to! It’s always good to hedge your bets!

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  3. “It’s going to be stranger than anything even I have experienced before, and it will have difficult, even painful parts.”

    My money is on either moving country, or getting married. Possibly the two combined. I can think of no other sane reason a man would get rid of his trains and replica weapons. We’ll know soon enough eh?

    Dunno if this link is any help: http://www.compareholidaymoney.com/buy-currency/danish-krone.php

    All the best Leggy. Enjoy Denmark.

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  4. The bacon is better in Denmark. πŸ˜€

    And, Ninja darts and knives???

    I know you would not get them past German customs. Siezed and a heavy fine thrown in on top.

    Have you checked that out?

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    • I think those are among the items he’s going to sell off, FT. I don’t think even Legs is bonkers enough to try to take them cross-border! πŸ™‚

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    • I have no intention of taking any weaponry. But I have an entire arsenal of edged weapons to dispose of. Could take a while…

      Of course, I’m keeping the best ones.

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  5. Re luggage – My barber was flying out to Italy to visit family and took an empty suitcase to bring bits and pieces back. Border Control pulled him aside as a potential drug smuggler. Strip search and asked him if he’d packed his own suitcase FFS. After 40mins or so if he was released and rushed to board the plane.

    The Ryanair women at the gate was closing it as he ran towards it whilst calling to let him through. Another jobsworth – refused to let him on, so he had to return home and book another flight two days later.

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  6. Leggy patently enjoys challenging & teasing his readers. Hence the proliferation of clues, red herrings & blind alleys.

    He leaves us with the Rumsfeld conundrum:

    “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting, …. because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

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  7. ” … I have to find the best place to get Danish money.”

    Having partook slightly too much dew of the glens, Leggy made arrangements for a grand’s worth to be couriered to his abode.

    Image his disappointment when it arrived ……

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  8. Oooo, you are a cagey one. Good luck in Denmark, especially regarding buying a drink. Silly taxes levied on booze in all of Scandinavia. I hope everything goes well and that all expectations are met. I’m sure you will tell us some details later.

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  9. I am looking forward to further revelation of strangeness with alacrity an a little trepidation. I think I have an idea what you are up to but I shall keep my supposition to myself, as I was spot on last time we had a guessing game here I suspect I may well be on the right lines here too.
    An I wish you well in your endeavours, may your actions be joyous and bring you all the things you so deserve in life.
    3 years ago in July I took a massive punt I packed up 25 years of my life, left my home and my family and moved 300 miles to live with a man I had never actually met in person after a 7 year phone call relationship.
    I left an abusive vile marriage and had to abandon many much loved possessions, taking only what I could squeeze into a small transit van, driven by my brother.
    They were just things an easily replaced, well except my grandmother’s silver slavers but I know she would understand.
    Was I scared? you bet! Was I excited? yes, was it worth it HELL YES. I have never been so happy and my son is now a different happy young man, the “punt” was a winner I hope your punt works as well for you.

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  10. Well we were promised photos of the first mystery. And sod-all happened with that.

    So none of this excursion either?

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  11. Best wishes, Leggy – I’m sure you’ll reveal all (in little bits!). My bet’s on emigration and new partnership. πŸ™‚

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