The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Friends …
August 7, 2013, 6:15 am
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Following on from Monday’s declaration that this is the week of emotional posts, here’s one about friendship.

I am very fortunate that I know a lot of people.

Good people … bad people … weird people … twisted people … dodgy people … clever people … ridiculous people … funny people … emotional people.

Each and everyone of them has made a positive impression on me in some way.

But despite all that, I would say that I have very few friends.

Admittedly, a lot of that is because I have an utterly stupid criteria of what a friend is.

For a start, I have to have known them for a minimum of 6 years.

Then I have to know that if I called them in the dead of the night, having banged my big toe against the door, after they’ve abused me for waking them up, they’d then ask if I’m OK and whether I needed help.

I know … I know … it’s a bit pathetic. And insulting. But that’s how it is.

To be honest, this is probably why I would say – by my criteria – that I have a total, excluding my parents and wife [and cat, ha], of no more than 6 friends.

10 if I am feeling especially generous.

And in all honesty, I’m OK with that.

Don’t get me wrong, all the other people in my life are wonderful and I am very glad to know them, but those 6-10 people operate at a whole different level.

They understand me in ways very few do.

They never judge, but always guide.

They’re selfless in their generosity and compassion.

They have been by my side in both my best and worst of times. And stood firm.

In short, they make me a better person and help me experience a more enjoyable life.

They make me feel blessed and honoured to know them and I just hope they feel the same way about the friendship I give in return.

So to those 6-10 people, who I hope they know who they are, I want to say thank you.

You make my life so much more fulfilling and even though the decisions I’ve made mean that I don’t see you or talk to you nearly as much as I’d like to, want to or need to … you are always there, both in my mind and my heart and I am a much stronger person for knowing that.

One day I’d love you all to meet because I know very few know each other.

In all honesty, I don’t know if you’d all get along, but what I would like to do is sit you all in a room and play you this song by Free, because it pretty much sums up everything you make me feel.

Everything you do for me.

It’s amazing.

Thank you.

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Comment by andy@cynic

i should be happy its not a fucking queen song but its still 70s hairy fucking nonsense. enough to lose the 6-10 friends you dont really have.

Comment by andy@cynic

It could be worse.


Comment by DH

for a shit band, that bollocks is megatastic shit even for them.

Comment by andy@cynic

I am utterly impressed you found this song Dave. It isn’t one of their best – even I have to admit that – it was a desperate attempt to get crowd participation on their 1986 Magic tour, their last … and the one I went to every single date of.

Yes, I was that sad.

Comment by Rob

Queen had crowds rather than audiences – so true.

Comment by John

can this fucking week of sentimental bollocks be over with. its more fucking depressing than a weeks worth of planning bullshit.

Comment by andy@cynic

Haven’t you noticed that it’s planning dressed up as sentimentality? He had me fooled for a while, but this friendship criteria stuff gives it away.

Comment by John

Do you mean it’s planning how not to be friends with Rob?

Comment by DH

You’ll like tomorrows. It’s about hate.

Comment by Rob

every post this week has been about hate. i read it and i fucking hated it.

Comment by andy@cynic

i take fucking pride that ive known you 20 odd years and were still acquaintances. you are desperate to be my friend but im not that desperate. no one is.

Comment by andy@cynic

If you met Jill around 2004 and married her in 2006/7, does that mean you got hitched to someone who wasn’t your friend?

I know she did, but did you?

This “criteria” of yours is flawed and idiotic. You do know that don’t you?

Comment by DH

ignoring your knowledge of campbells marital timeline, thats a fucking good point. or it would be if you werent talking about a person we already know is a fucked up twat.

Comment by andy@cynic

I never said I wasn’t. As for the Jill thing … that is a good point that I’ll get back to you on when I can work out a decent answer. Don’t wait for one anytime soon.

Comment by Rob

I agree Rob’s friendship qualification is stupid and inherently flawed, but I like the post and I like the song. I’m going out now to avoid the abuse.

Comment by Pete

For fucks sake Pete, where’s your self respect?

Comment by DH

Pete. Didn’t you read Andy’s first comment?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Don’t worry Pete, it will be here when you get back..

Comment by niko

Thank you Pete. I’m sorry you will never be able to show your face again in public, but thank you all the same.

Comment by Rob

you’re welcome. 🙂

Comment by Katie Dreke

I concur with Peter. Despite your strange ways, this is a very nice post to read.

Comment by Lee Hill

Me too.

Comment by George

Reblogged this on balkrishkumarchaudhary.

Comment by rameshchy

Viri infortunati procul amici.

Comment by The

Nice post Rob, great song as well, and as Patrick Swayze says in that film Ghost….. Ditto
Go on Andy do your worst !!!!!

Comment by Paul

why bother when you do such a fucking great job yourself. just because you have a cock like a fucking stallion on viagra doesnt mean you are exempt from being a sad bastard. especially when you say nice things about campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

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