It’s going to be a whimper, not a bang – sorry!

The penultimate post in my ‘write something everyday for thirty days’ challenge.
It’s here…

Whatcha got, Simon?

Okay, here’s the thing: It would have been really good to have known exactly when I approached ‘the end’ and scheduled extra time on these two days so that when we got here I could craft a couple of extraordinarily eloquent blogs to top off the exercise. Something to be proud of. To have used the past 28 days as the build up to what should have been two incredibly moving, poignant, meaningful pieces that left my readers with something to tide them over whatever interval there will be after tomorrow before my next blog, or whatever I choose to do.

But no… Instead it turned out (as I mentioned yesterday) that this weekend was the one weekend we were both free to drive back to the Bay Area and fetch the last of our furniture and close out our storage account here as we drove a truck full back down to Los Angeles. We decided this a couple of weeks back. This feels less than smart, but ultimately unavoidable.

So you are stuck with today’s blog written at the end of a full day of visiting with my sons and seeing friends and planning tomorrow’s adventure. I have nothing but a bag full of feels to unload… and I’m reluctant to do that again so soon after yesterday.

That said I did wake up with a kind of news hangover, feeling so not in love with the current leadership in Washington. This being sparked by witnessing ‘in your face’ evidence of the huge inequality in our country (in the form of the homeless encampments under overpasses in Oakland) and then reading about the proposed tax bill that one part of our government wants to impose on all of us. This building up overnight to the extent that I thought I’d go on a full rant on the subject in today’s blog… Maybe now was the moment.

But, perhaps wisely, I decide not to tread that path. I’m too tired today and that would be like posting on Facebook after too much to drink. I might find myself saying more than I really should and (heaven’s above) offending someone. I really cannot believe what is going on at all levels of this administration (careful…this feels like I’m about to go there) but I’ll say no more (phew! – narrow miss) and leave you to read much better writers than me in just about every respectable newspaper in the country.

I’ve said it before (if not here) and I’ll say it again – I think we need to just get on with our lives, recommitting ourselves to what is important to us and what is important in the lives of those we care about – and hope that the institutions that have been built up and strengthened over more than two centuries will withstand the shocks being inflicted upon them by people who have no idea what good governance means, or even looks like…. (oops, there I go again).

Of course we must keep at least one eye on the ball and recognize when we might actually need to take action (at a minimum voting when we have the chance). But I don’t think yelling and shouting into the black hole of the previously mentioned social ‘notwork’ that is Facebook is going to do any of us any good whatsoever, despite what fun it is to insult people we’ve never met (actually I find it more fun to insult people I know, but maybe that’s just my British sense of humor).

Be as civil as you can, be gracious, be forgiving, be aware of how your behaviour affects others (I should take heed of what I write here myself). Don’t forget to breathe.

And remember, in the game ‘Simon Says’ you have to actually do what Simon says.

So Take Care
– S.


About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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5 Responses to It’s going to be a whimper, not a bang – sorry!

  1. Jan Johnston November 19, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    oh, hahahahaha! Oh, Simon! I agree with Barbara Harris, I too think this is a great submission! I love waking up this way!

  2. Tom November 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm #

    My dear Simon.

    How wise of you to avoid the slings and arrows of outrageous politics. You are, good sir, one of the most talented operatives in the Audible cadre of narrators. I have the utmost respect for your skills and what you bring to your craft. Although I can certainly sense your frustration (in a number of your blogs) I do appreciate your restraint. Far too often the talented community of the Left Coast take it upon themselves to not only express their opinions, but feel entitled enough to lecture, and yes vilify, those whose beliefs sway from their own. As a proud member of ‘the deplorables’ I take heart in the fact that you at least attempt to refrain from insulting those who, for all you know, could be a significant number of your admirers. Keep up the blogs. Their enjoyable.

    I remain, a devoted listener…..for now. ?

    • Simon November 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

      Thanks you, sir! We’re not so different, I’m sure. We just look at things from a different angle, perhaps.

  3. Barbara Harris November 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Personally, Simon, I thought that was one of your best blogs! I felt, truly felt exactly the same as how you stated you are feeling….especially about the governing of our country. I get really scared sometimes….really worried. Then I try to think like your last paragraph. Live in the moment, be kind to others and be thankful for what I do have that is good. That includes being able to go back to listening to my favorite narrator, Simon Vance. By the way, I just started Wolf Hall ….love it. Bringing Up Bodies is next.

    So, back at ya….take care!

    • Simon November 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

      Well, Wolf Hall was not me … I’ve not listened but I think it’s an fella called Simon, so an easy mistake. The only one of hers I’ve done is Bring Up The Bodies. Still waiting for the third 🙂

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