Is it safe to come out?
fcuk, fcuk, fcuk. Oh hello, I'm back but more of that in a minute. 10 days away, 3 games and 3 defeats. What happened?
I went away two Fridays ago thinking that Pards had assembled the best squad in the division and now what? 13 points from the top, Toddy out for the season and we're now on the worst run since Pardew took over, I mean, was it me? Foreign city, my superstitions shot, you know not wearing my lucky pants, missing my pre-game cuppa, not sat in the right place on the sofa perched over the computer.... what went wrong? A few positive comments would be much appreciated as I can't face trawling through depressing blogs and forums particularly as I will be at St Marys on Saturday and I need to be in finer Addick fettle than I am now.
Japan was awesome and I will write more on our experiences in the next week or so. I got back this afternoon, slept like a baby on the plane and need to be in the office early tomorrow. On Thursday I fly to London with work, well work doesn't actually begin until Tuesday, so I will endeavour to catch up with some z's and see the mighty, sorry sagging Red Army as well on Saturday.
Japan was exhausting, we truly crammed a 3-week holiday into 8 full days spending time in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima and travelling 1,200 miles between the three cities. That bullet train is truly marvellous. I've also acquired a nice dose of Man Flu (TM) and the last day or so was a tiny struggle but we didn't waste a drop.
Japan was sensational, its people gracious and affable, the weather beautiful except for one typhooned induced rainy day and seeing real geisha's scurry along cobbled dimly-lit streets in Kyoto, watching school children stand silent heads bowed in front of the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima and to witness the crazy fish auction in the early hours of the morning in Tokyo will be things that will stay with me forever.