Monday, May 18

End of the occupational road for some..

This week my father (top right) retires from the civil service after 40 years of service, a lot of which has been spent as a Principal Officer in the Department of Defense, based in Galway.

Much to the chagrin of my friends (who still refer to him as Major Dad due both to his perceived occupation and his resemblance to Gerald McRainey {bottom right} who once played Major Dad in the sitcom of the same title), he is not a highly-trained killer; half-man, half-wild dog. It's an office job. It was an office job.

And it's a little strange how his job has plotted the direction for my life.

In 1989 my parents left Aylesbury, Tallaght with young moi and my sister in tow, to head to Galway, the city that the decentralisation plan at the time had decided was to be the new Department of Defense’s HQ.

I have no doubt that my knackery, mulleted little pre-teen self might have ended up doing horrendous things had I spent my teen years surrounded by the glories of joy-riding, glue-sniffing and coal-eating (Fact: a family up the road used to eat bits of coal they found on the street. I don't know why. Mineral content? It's a bit fucking Angela's Ashes isn't it?)

There are a few photos of young me knocking around at the family home from my Tallaght days and it’s clear that in my final year there as a 10-year old, obsessed with guns, violence and becoming a member of the SAS, I may have soon butchered my first small domestic creature and moved gradually onto drifters and/or prostitutes.

I base this theory entirely on my haircut and attire at the time, which was part Stefan Edberg, part hi-visibility hooligan.

Ah yes, I seem to have dodged a life of crime and now I work in the newspaper that reports on that same crime in that same area. A place that has drunken miscreants telling the gardai they will eat all the houses on the street and enter strangers' houses through the front window to bum a cigarette. True stories.

Oh Lady Irony, why do you mock me?

I leave you with Wilco (The Song) by Wilco from Wilco (the album).

This is for you, Pop.

Wilco(the song) - Wilco


catherine said...

Ah you're the spit of your da.

Mine nearly moved us all to Poland when I was ten. That would have been some laugh.

adam said...

spit of me da? no way? hmmm, it's always my mam i get told i look like but obviously you haven't seen her. maybe i'll just put up pics of all my family and see?!;)

catherine said...

Or grow a 'tache like your dad and see.

Mine's retiring in two weeks. I think we're gonna buy him a Fender.

adam said...

I had moustache for a while, on and off. Twas nice but it was, after all, a moustache. A fender sounds good. Maybe our Dads can start a band.

tad said...

Adam: Yr post on yr Dad's retirement is very sweet. It's intresting how R parents' career choices & etc affect us. I did a writeup 4 my Mom awhile back, reviewing some of her favrite music ever & music that reminds me of her, & realized that all my intrests -- writing, reading, music, movies -- all were thanx 2 & Ncouraged by my Mom. W/o her I'd B nothing. 2 bad she isn't around NEmore 2 read it, but that's why I wrote it.
Also: I didn't realize U was a journalist. (That'll teach me not 2 read people's profiles.) I were a newspaper reporter & editor 4 20 yrs B4 I retired about 7 yrs ago. Wanna compare notes, trade horror stories? I worked 4 some of the SMALLEST dailys & weeklys on the planet (& NONE of them woulda let me write like THIS). -- TAD.

adam said...

Cheers Tad, well I'm not a veteran journo yet but someday I'm sure to have horror stories from the frontline to swap, eh?
That's not a bad idea about writing on music, books etc., that your parents are/were into and what reminds you of them. I may nick that idea at some stage!

tad said...

Adam: Gotta theory on why I'm addicted 2 U Irish bloggers: U folks just SAY IT, clearly & cleverly, & U don't hold much back. American bloggers Cm 2 have trouble saying much more than "Huh?" clearly -- a result (I think) of their Nthusiasm & individuality Bing flattened 4 the sake of Order & the "blessings" of a public-school education. There R SOME (specially-trained) Americans who can Xpress themselves clearly & intrestingly, but w/ most U.S. bloggers I've read I'm 2 busy cringing at their spelling & sentence structure 2 much Njoy the writing -- I've found mayB 3 I like. U folks over there Cm 2 do it naturally & almost easily. Keep it up! -- TAD.

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