Thursday, June 03, 2010

maverick


A few weeks ago, I got a very disjointed call from my father.

Who flies an aeroplane. The purchase, I believe, was a by-product of a mid-life crisis.

The passion for flying itself is a by-product of Dad's obvious interest in all things extreme, like flying tin cans over the rugged cliffs of the Drakensberg.

Dad had an accident in his plane a few weeks ago. He emailed me first, with an explanation as to what went wrong, and that he'd long short, clipped a fence when taking off in the Drakensberg. Altitude seemed to be the issue.

At that moment, I cared not what the fuck the issue was. I just cared that he was alright and then went into a complete state of despair that soon I'd be living abroad and if anything bad happened to him, I'd probably need someone to shoot me with a tranquiliser gun.

It's not like Dad is Top Gun or anything. The man's been flying for 25 years, and despite the fact that he's a bit crazy, he's not a dick in the air. He's generally super responsible.

Now that the guys up at Panic-Stations-R-Us have stopped irking my mind with horrible images, I am left with a sadness for Dad. And that he has to spend a fortune to fix it - yes, that's right, apparently it still has the potential to be a flying craft.

That aside, Dad's coming up to Joburg tonight. In true Dad fashion, he's got himself a flight that arrives at Lanseria Airport at 1:00am tomorrow morning.

'It won't interrupt your schedule, Peas. I specifically booked this because it was cheap...and there's no way you'll be running to a meeting at that time.'

'Yeah....let me see if I'm available....just opening my calendar....let's see....right so, it looks like I do in fact have a meeting Dad. A meeting with my mattress. As in, I'm scheduled in for a one-on-one with an item marked 'Sleep'.. But what the hay, I'll cancel.'

Albeit, am excited he's coming up. Especially before I get my fuck on in England.

No doubt the next few days are going to be interesting.

8 comments:

mamastella said...

Oh yes. I'm totally a daddy's girl. But, unlike you I think I'd need a wee bit more than a tranquiliser gun shot if anything should happen to my dad...

Peas on Toast said...

mama - it depends. One would need a tranquiliser gun if he 'just clipped a fence' like he did the other day.

God knows what I'd need if something more serious happened to him. Can't bear to think of it.

po said...

When are you laeving?

Peas on Toast said...

Po - mid July :)

Pop Tart said...

Peas I completely understand your panic - and I'm sorry to say but once leave it will come in droves! I live millions of miles from my dear daddy and just the thought of anything happening when I can't be there sends me into convulsions and brings on floods of tears. But lets think of the positive and the good times shall we?!

Secret said...

I had the most horrid dream that my dad had a heart attack last night, I actually think i really started crying when i went to the hospital in my dream.
Im about to call my step mom to tell her to tell my dad to go back to gym. Right. Now.

kyknoord said...

You could borrow my insomnia if you like.

韋成 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德..................................................