It was parents' evening last night for Maggot 2. Feedback was fairly good, some areas on which to concentrate. Discussing with Maggot later did not go so well.
I had a couple of beers last night, and felt worse for it. My cold, very much a head cold now, congestion, headache, sore throat, seemed to get thicker, and I was awake twice in the night for an hour, clearing throats and generally feeling quite uncomfortable. Plan is to have no alcohol tonight, but then I a can resist anything but temptation . . .
On Saturday we are at a Seventies fancy-dress party celebrating R&R's fiftieth, both of them, and also combined with a friend of theirs, at the local tennis club. I have, as mentioned previously, cobbled together a pastiche of Mark Bolan, including a leather jacket that had seen better days in the nineties*, so having spent the last two decades in the loft in the "dressing up box" has done nothing to refine its look. It now smells a lot less, and while it is hard to say that the creases have fallen out of it, I can report that it is just about ready to be taken out in to the big world.
In terms of outfit, as I say, it is a pastiche of Mark Bolan, in that it has flares, a feather boa and a few other Seventies-style accoutrements. The fact that I will probably look like a docker in a tutu is neither here nor there. I have a long history of similar looks, recounting for a moment when I decided to go as a French maid in biker boots. Ah, the memories, the memories.
I am reliably informed that there will be many and varied costumes on show, including the Village People, which Wikipedia says is "an American disco group that formed in 1977, well known for their on-stage costumes depicting American masculine cultural stereotypes, as well as their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics", so there goes my intended line that I thought they were the Eighties. I do love the term "masculine cultural stereotypes".
* or vintage, as it was known when I bought it then