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Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog: Future Dreams

Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Future Dreams

Hi folks,
1st off. I've really felt very much better today. A good day at work. Thank you all for your support. Its helped to make a difference for me.

Just before coming home from work tonight, I started searching for a video gto share for my daily blog fix today. The one I'm sharing (I'm a big RW fan) got me to thinking about dreaming. It made me think that we all (certainly for me) live our lives dreaming about exciting things for the future... goals and the like. Its what drives us on. Watching Robbie in the video below proves that even somebody as successful as he is still driven by dreams. There is a flip side of course, when our dreams get shattered, but then we just pick ourselves up, re-adjust and go searching for another dream. That can be very hard to do sometimes, but in the end it happens and onward we go.

Here is another scribbling hot off the press tonight.. Hope you enjoy...


Back in the mid to late nineties, when I worked in the motor trade, my lunch times often involved a trip to the Canterbury Asda stores for something to eat. One of the girls I worked with, Nicky, from the showroom reception often used to come with me. We have been really good friends for years now. In fact it was Nicky who started calling me “Marty” (in case you didn’t realise, my proper name is Martin). I’ve found it quite endearing and the name has stuck with close friends and of course, I use it on line too.

In those days, corporate clothing at work was very strict for the motor dealer I worked for. Grey trousers, polished black shoes, black socks. White shirt with button done up. Corporate yellow Renault tie and French Navy blue blazer, double breasted. The girls had to wear the blazer too. Trouble was, every time we went into Adsa, most shoppers would assume we were Asda staff. I lost count on the amount of times I was asked where the tinned peas were, or “Hello dear. Can you help me put these apples in the cellophane bag please?” Even the Asda Greeter used to stand to attention bolt upright when we walked in assuming we were senior Adsa management. Nicky and I hatched a cunning plan. We would walk around the store and discuss in quite loud tones, “Yes, the drinks isle will be far more effective nearer the entrance… think we’ll get that moved and bring in a new expanded line in cereals over there”. It was really funny to see the little old ladies ears prick up at the latest piece of gossip and mouth at each other in the style of Les Dawson!

I guess because Nicky and I got on so well, we would often go to lunch together, which of course caused some gossip back at the showroom. It was really funny to actively spread these rumours, knowing how some people feed on it. As a result, when returning from lunch, Nicky would grab my arm as we walked through the showroom doors and state in a voice that the whole sales floor could hear “Thank’s Marty, you were great!”. (feigning false perspiration). Of course Nicky and I knew the truth, (that nothing was going on) and it was really funny to see the eyebrows raise and the tongues continue to wag. I’d tell Christine about this when I got home from work and she would giggle about it too. Nicky is still a close friend (although we don’t see much of her and her husband these days, ‘bout once a year). It’s great when we do catch up though.

Now, The Robster...... I LOVE this track from "Swing when you're winning"


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Ha, I remember one time I went shopping in a mall, god knows why, wearing a blue t-shirt with a collar. Polo shirt style maybe? I don't know, terrible with fashion. Anyhow, apparently EVERY retail shop in the mall required their employees to wear the same thing and I was asked by 6 or 7 different people, in 4 different stores, where things were. At first I just got annoyed and said I didn't work there. By the end of the day I was alternating between telling people we were sold out and one guy got mad enough that he went to go talk to the manager about me. That was time for my friends and I to leave.

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 03:12PM (CDT)

I do so enjoy your tales of the past lives...But the uniform thing is something they should take up here, despite its downsides. Today we went into the bank, 3 out of 4 staff were wearing jeans! I also understand the issue with having a good friend at work of the opposite sex. i had a really good friendship with a man when I worked at Pearl/AMP, nothing suspicious about it, really I was like the mother he never had, he'd never known his own as she'd left when he was a toddler. He was very young, and about the right age to be honest to have been a son had I been a teen mum, we used to lunch together most days and talk about absolutely everything, and we had a heck of a time winding people up...clandestine emails and phone we kept straight faces at times I'll never know, but we did, what they didnt know was that I was also very good friends with his wife! Such is life eh!

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 09:39PM (BST)

Not a massive Robbie fan, liked him early on (not take that) but for some reason gone a bit off him. My dreams as you probably know tend to revolve around the past I'm afraid.

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 09:40PM (BST)

People do seem to feed off of gossip don't they? I guess a lot of it stems from the belief that real life isn't always as interesting. Although I have met many people whose real life is jucier than soap operas!

Friday 15 September 2006 - 12:56AM (EEST)

I agree that everyone should have their dreams, something to aspire to. I've found that many people have two types of dream. A realistic that can be attainable...and a that will almost certainly never come true, but can be fun to think about.
Yes, dreams will sometimes be shattered, but we learn from the makes us stronger (at least I hope it does).
When I moved to Sweden in 2004, my dream was to settle down there permanently with my Swedish girlfriend. Things didn't work out (I will prob write about this in more detail on my blog sometime) but I don't regret going and I have learnt from the experience.
Your story about Nicky made me think. It has always irritated me greatly that people always assume that if a man and a woman are good friends and spend time together, there MUST be something going on between them. Why? Is it so strange that they can just be friends?? This has happened to me too, so I can relate to it.

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 11:07PM (BST)

hahaha good one Marty! I remember a time when I was a store manager in a retail chain. On my way to another city after work, still wearing my suit and name tag, I passed another of our stores and decided to walk in. WELL, wouldn't you just guess it... the staff thot I was from H.O. and started asking me what I thot of this & that and I played along with it... by the end they had the whole store turned around. Their manager was out that evening. The next day he had a shock and even more of one when I called him to tell him it was me that had caused his stress. (He never suspected shy me! Lol) But isn't it just the way life is for all of us... we make assumptions of what we think is the truth, without confirming what the real truth is? And then dare to share that assumption as truth.

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 05:55PM (PDT)

Sooo funny Marty, but also brings me to think about those busy bodies that want to go running around telling or starting the rumors upon what they think is true rather than the facts.. annoying how those jump to conclusions! If you do not hear it from the horses mouth.. don't start spitting the chud! LOL!

I am sooo happy that you are feling in better spirits, me too! :) It is great to have this forum to vent and get outside opinions and support, sometimes it is easier to write something to get it off ones chest than to talk about it, at least I have found that to be true at times! :)
Hugs to you and yours! Keep smiling! It looks great on you!

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 08:56PM (CDT)

OH yeah, this song is awesome, "I will talk and hollywood will listen", one of my favourites. What do you think about his work in Escapology?

Friday 15 September 2006 - 11:29AM (IST)

I am so glad you are feeling much better Marty.I really am glad to have you as a friend you know.I hope you have a wonderful weekend with many smiles to go with it. Loves ya! *hugs*

Thursday 14 September 2006 - 11:02PM (PDT)

First of all thank you for accepting my invite. I am glad you are eeling better and this was a funny post. I remember once I was wearing a red shirt and black jeans ans was in Target (a chain of stores here in USA) and a few customers did end up asking me about merchandise.. It happens, I guess... Leavs us with a story to tell...

Friday 15 September 2006 - 12:18AM (PDT)

fantastic robbie song, you've made me go and find the video of the albert hall concert to watch all over again. my stepdaughter went to watch robbie at milton keynes last night, how jealous am i?

Friday 15 September 2006 - 02:45PM (BST)

some of my best friendships over the years have been with people i've worked with, this blog has made me think back to some of them and some of the tricks we got up to.

Friday 15 September 2006 - 02:48PM (BST)

I'm glad you feel better too, Marty. :) Funny how things go from crap to wonderful and then back and forth. Just the cycle of life eh? i just wish mine would stop going crap so much of the time lol It's like when you go for a walk and you're really tired and it seems like the whole thing is all uphill. Both ways! lol ;-) Take care Marty. hugs

Friday 15 September 2006 - 07:53AM (PDT)

Fantastic choice of track, squire :)- I like Robbies tunes too, and that album was awesome. One of our faves after a few drinks too, holds a lot of good memories :) Take care, buddy, speak soon.

Friday 15 September 2006 - 08:24AM (PDT)

Hi Marty!! So glad you are feeling better. Gossip in the workplace is so outrageous!! Guess some people are unhappy with their own lives so they have to make up rumors and cuse everyone else to have trouble to. Where I used to work if you whispered to someone you were automatically having an affair. Hope you have a good evening and a fabulous weekend!! big Hugs!

Friday 15 September 2006 - 05:21PM (MDT)


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