Monday, 28 April 2008

Tuesday 29/04/08

Athens Day Three 

On Easter Sunday my sister and I get up and drive to the summer house where Mummy and Daddy have gone earlier in the morning and then some more relatives turn up (cousins? aunts? uncles? I can’t be sure) and everyone starts eating whole spit roast lambs, lamb intestines including lamb bowels (not kidding) and kidneys and livers – a meal that a cousin affectionately refers to as a cholesterol party. 

This is a picture of our lamb on the spit.  Looking back at it now, I’m thinking maybe I should have eaten some.

During the day my parents also make and receive dozens of phonecalls from other relatives, more remote relatives, random acquaintances they haven’t spoken to since last year, to wish them a happy Easter.  In Greece Easter is bigger than Christmas, New Year’s Eve and national holidays combined. 

My part in this is: I eat the chicken I’ve made Mummy cook for me / tell everyone stories about my girlfriend in London / avoid to mention my relocation to Australia under Mummy’s instructions (it’s too shameful to tell the wider family) / wish a happy Easter to the occasional great-uncle when I’m forced to by Daddy on the phone / answer the question “when are you going to come back and live in Greece and stop hurting your parents” numerous times as politely and vaguely as I can. 

By 1400 I’ve completely lost interest in any of this, I’m growing increasingly tired and grumpy, I have nothing to do, there is no internet connection at the summer house and the TV reception is appalling, so I go in one of the rooms and lie there on the bed and start rating all my songs on iTunes.

Then my sister drives us home, then Mummy and Daddy also come, then everyone interferes in each other’s business and makes intrusive decisions about everyone else’s life (as Greek people do) and then it’s bedtime. 

On Monday morning I happen to be at the airport, so I catch a flight back to London. 

By Monday evening I’m single, but we don’t talk about a) love, b) sex and c) work here, we never have and we never will. 

41 comments:

Graham said...

That lamb looks delicious. Keeping within the guidelines of what is appropriate content, I shall now talk about when I was in athens in 2005. It was hot. It was easter. There were whole lambs everywhere we looked. There was a parade/police/heads of orthodox church procession. Some of the police were really hot. None of the heads of the church were hot, though one had a really cool beard. We spent most of the day sitting in a square looking up to the acropolis drinking bear and eating.
Many of the greek women I saw had more facial hair than my 3 days unshaven face. I liked Athens.

Tim in Italy said...

Ah-huh. I certainly respect you and the fact that this is your blog, but... that you are now single is quite a bombshell. I sincerely hope this is blog fiction and not (your name here) fact. If fact, I am extremely upset. So, all in all a great fucking week-end. Must do it again sometime when we can arrange a massive car wreck or perhaps a train de-railment, you know, just to top it all off.

Trybaby said...

8( I'm sorry. I'd hug you if I could.

Dick Pics said...

so, i think i read that last sentence like ten times. im in shock. well not really. you mentioned it in the comments a bit. but still. shocked. and in denial. its sad but true you were like one of the few stable gay relationships in my life. the other is scotty and kevin from brothers and sisters. i know. its pathetic. i need to meet real gay people. wait. you want to be my real gay people? in fact. now that you're back on the market, can i have you? when is an acceptable time to start shamelessly hitting on you? i know i've sort of already started but still. is it acceptable yet?

skountouflis said...

Klassiko ellhniko pasxa perases ap'o,ti diavazw :) Egw logw douleias den mporesa na paw sto xwrio, ap'opou katagetai h mhtera mou, alla de me xalase gia na eimai eilikrinhs...Olo auto me tous suggeneis kathe eidous den einai kai to kalutero mou :D ...Ase pou me ta arnia kai ta kokoretsia exw parei diazugio apo tote pou thumamai ton eauto mou :)

Grace said...

:-( Sorry to hear your single, and i'm guessing from your last two posts it wasn't a pretty thing. But i'm sure you'll have an inventive way to get revenge :-) Thinking of you x

WORD said...

Single? Shit!
I hope you're ok.

george said...

OMG....lamb looks good...if i was there i would have been chewing on the bones.....happy easter.....george

James said...

Do not be too down... Your blog has reached as far as Sydney, to a receptive audience! xx

Luke said...

Single? Does this officially put the kibosh on the socialisation through watching fraser alone? And there I was thinking I would have to live vicariously through some other blog.

Alex said...

So you abandoned your family? It seems like you might have a hard time having a good time when you don't make the decisions for yourself.

Not that that's too much of a bad thing.

Max said...

Ouch. I'm sorry. I hope it's reversible.

Michael said...

Hope you're doing ok.

Maluminas said...

Single? :( Must be your clone, he stole your life.

That means you have total moral freedom in Sydney? Thats probably good...

And that lamb looks nightmarish, but im sure it tastes good >.<

Anonymous said...

i was working with a top model the other day, she was incredibly beautiful, from working class eastend with a strong cockney accent and very lovable, we got on the subject of being a good friend and offering good advice..she told me if a friend of hers ever comes to her having split up with a boyf she always says 'i always thought he was a cock anyway!'

Greg Turner said...

Well, sorry about the new single status. But not as sorry as Scott will be, I'd wager.

AlwaysReadySF said...

The poor lamb looks yummie although I could have done without the carbonized head :-)

Single??!!! That sucks....

Peter said...

No worries. In the immortal words of Ike Turner's punching bag: "What's love, but a second hand emotion?"

billybudd said...

???

michael01 said...

The photo of you in Hugo Boss shorts with dirt on you: just found it accidentally on a porn site! You're so pretty. In unrelated news, the 1,089 lb. 26-foot long squid is being thawed out in New Zealand. They don't know yet if it's a male, but, if it is, it will be the first male giant squid ever examined. What would Mummy do with that? Calamari would be like lorry tires they say. More olive oil?

Jamie said...

Hi LP-
I don't comment often and I know "we" don't talk about "it" here but a big hug from across the pond. Sorry to hear about the break-up.

On a lighter note, your Greek family sounds oddly similar to my Italian one (though we only roast pork on a spit..not lamb).

Stephen said...

Are you OK LP? "By Monday evening I'm single" preceeding a post about finding out something heartbreaking?

Ben said...

'Regardless, it suffices to say that as consequence of what I find out, I instantly become scheming, petty and vengeful. But that's only because I'm hurt.'

Life is sometimes shite, but remember to rise above it, and the lows make the highs better!

Dunno what to say tho, really. Never done serious man-love :-/

Anonymous said...

*gulp*

Red Exile / Красная Ссылка said...

Apropos not talking about it.

Being 39 (which is about 112 in gay-years), I have learned of lovers that they are like PR consultants:

- the 'sell' is usually better than the delivery
- they are always looking for the next sale
- ask for references and a good case study
- in the end, remember, it is usually cheaper and easier to pay by the hour

Yours, from Prague... I *loathe* Prague...

Rogue said...

Sorry to hear about you and Scott.

You will be ok. Just another chapter - you will have plenty more, I am sure.

Ssorry for being sympathetic - it will only happen the once. I am sure there will be pics of you in some club soon with only your pants on so I can get by bile-fix then.

London Preppy said...

Thanks to everyone for their messages and thanks for not asking for details/what happened etc. Not one single person. So that's cool.

chabang said...

...i blame the cat!

LA_mkup said...

I don't comment often, just want to say keep your head up and that you are not alone, big hug!

Ja said...

I had just assumed you referring to a lack in Frasier reruns. Regardless, there will be more.

Skip said...

This does not make me happy. It's like when a popular character leaves a tv show you're hooked on.

The rational bit of me is going "hey, it'll still be as good as ever, just different", and another bit of me just feels sad. I am sorry.

Oldyeller said...

I comment much too often, but I wanted to say how sorry I am. Hope for better times soon.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry.

Please don’t sequester yourself in your flat. Reach out to your many friends. I’m sure they will be there for you.

Ally said...

I never really pop my head over the parapet but wanted to say I'm sorry to read about you and Scott.

Looking forward to reading about you finding someone who isn't so preoccupied with your abs..

kim said...

more importantly it looks like those chicken wraps will have to go:

http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/9-Health-Foods-That-Arent/index.php

the bad news just keeps coming.

Alex said...

This is heartbreaking :-(
Poor Preppy!

feetlikewings said...

I only read for fitness/diet stuff and neat tricks like spitting out delicious bad food like chocolate muffins after rolling them in your mouth. (thanks by the way, I've yet to try it without embarrassing people.)

But I have to say it's always bad to see relationships end. I hope that the pain and hurt goes away soon. Hugs.

Tobyabe said...

Ok so tell us what happened! Scott was away on holidays if i remember correctly.
Hope you are ok anyway buddy :-)

As a friend once told me "There is one of 2 reasons why a relationship ends. Either to protect us from something bad or to take us to something better"

Stephen said...

Ah - nearly 3am and I can't sleep. Do things seem worse in the middle of the night?

An eHug is such an empty gesture (esp. from a stranger), but I'm sending you one anyway.

By the way, wasn't Easter about a month ago?

London Preppy said...

toby: It's not that hard to work it out, is it?

george said...

i totally missed the single part....really sorry to hear....keep the dagger.....george