Saturday, 19 July 2008

Saturday 19/07/08

OK so can we have some entries for the Best Reader Body competition now?  Rules and details here.  Send pictures to london.preppy@gmail.com; thanks. 

This week I’m starting to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt again, which is a book so brilliant that it has to be read repeatedly in three year intervals maximum, and it’s also the book that I’m reading this Thursday evening after work, on the tube on my way to Scott’s house. 

For this tube journey I’m wearing: white plimsolls from Urban Outfitters, knee-length Ted Baker blue/white stripy shorts, an orange t-shirt of Scott’s that he left in my house so I might as well wear it and leave it at his, big navy Ralph Lauren bag with Friday’s work and gym clothes. 

But the tube journey turns out to be very distracting, and even though I can almost put up with this blonde straight kid with big pale biceps standing opposite me with his girlfriend, when at South Kensington this dark haired straight kid with enormous West London hair, soft cotton shirt, jeans and navy espadrilles, I have to stop reading and take their pictures. 

And these pictures are… 

Blonde kid with big pals biceps and girlfriend:



Dark haired kid with jeans and espadrilles:


Then I get to Scott’s house, where Scott isn’t, so I take a shower and scratch my skin really harshly in order to get paler.  

Four Nytol later I’m in bed. 

On Friday I go to work where we play this game where my colleagues pretend that they care, my boss pretends that he actually gave it two seconds thought when deciding what our 6-month bonuses should be, and I pretend that I’m actually there. 

After work I go and buy two pairs of espadrilles to emulate the guy from the tube (not navy though, white and yello) and then… 

…I go to the gym where I do chest and abs, Superman tells me that he thought the tattoo on my leg was either my name or the names of my children, I tell him that I’m childless, he tells me what his tattoos mean, we tell each other that we should really stop getting more, but we know it's addictive. 

On Friday night I start thinking about my flight to Sydney a bit more, consider buying a Round The World ticket so I can make a few stops on the way, come up with an itinerary which involves traveling over America instead of Asia (I don’t want to mention yet which cities I’ll be stopping at until it’s confirmed), panic because it sounds like a logistical nightmare, email ___ who works for BA and ask him whether he can help me get cheaper tickets, go to bed at 0200… 

…stay up until 0400 when I take some Nytol again, wake up at 0800, stay in bed unable to sleep until 0930, get up and start hating this fucking Saturday already because I haven’t slept and my day is already ruined.

45 comments:

j said...

your nytol dependency is concerning. get help.

London Preppy said...

j: never!

dpstam said...

the first guy looks mighty fine

is nytol like nyquil? i hope you can get some good rest soon.

Jules said...

please, no espadrilles :-)
the next step might be you wearing espadrilles and sticking the end of your pants in your socks... how fashionable, hehe

everytime i visit my grandpa in spain, people are wearing espadrilles, around the house, during shopping...horrible

and your nytol thing. i don't judge, because i know how it feels lying in bed and getting no sleep... i have a neurologic disorder since last year

... BUT what about the sideeffects of the medication

for someone who looks so healthy and fit on the outside (nice body by the way), it's "overwhelming sad" as you'd say

but as i said, i don't judge, cause i can relate to your sleeping problem

have a nice sunday and don't let it ruin the rest of your weekend

Jules

Gav Dublin said...

Well, after that angst ridden post, did you actually get a reasonable bonus?

Now, if you say (a)Yes, then all the angst will, obviously, have been in vain.That would not accord with your usual troubled existance!

However, if you say (b)No, we will expect an explaination and some SERIOUS weeping and gnashing of teeth!!

And can we have some pics of your new espadrilles please!

MrM said...

what´s more concerning is that the nytol seems to have no effect whatsoever. get help.

Gav Dublin said...

Oh, the espadrilles preferably on the end of your legs and upon your feet!! Many thanks Prep!!

dmitri said...

maybe no one's submitting photos, because its damn near impossible to compete with your sick killer body!

you also wrote that you have no interest in people's genitals... maybe thats why some folks arent bothering submitting... youve killed the thrill of the prize. if someone won the prize of sleeping with you, then youll have to be somewhat more responsive than that... hehehe!

Alex said...

LP, you should do more that you can enjoy in the form of memories, rather than the same old boring routine every day.

deikse mou said...

It looks like you caught the dishy blonde's girlfriend praying in the first photo. Is it that the Lord is her shepherd? Does she have a friend in Jesus?

London Preppy said...

dpstam: Not sure what nyquil is. Nytol is some crappy herbal stuff

jules: I guess people in Spain (including the grandma!) have been fashion forward all this time. Any more things that we can cope from over there?

gav: Answer is somewhere in between. Pics of the shoes coming up of course

mrm: But it's only herbal and crappy

dmitri: Oh they really should, it's not a competition with me. Last tiem I had so many entries, I'm still hopeful for this time

alex: Please send a list and I'll go through it

London Preppy said...

deiske: I think she's just thanking God her boyfriend has so nice white biceps she can chew on

Jules said...

mmmh... what about the right accessoires for your espadrilles... i think of some crappy beach bag that spains take with them when they go on the market, hehe... and other pants, regular jeans don't match this outfit

next time, I'll be there, lying at their pool, I think of new "trends" for you, haha

I exaggerate, but here in Germany the boys wear espadrilles or similars with white socks mostly and the end of jeans stuck into them... looks somehow like a ballet dancer...

fashion forward, στα σοβαρά?

Jim said...

Hmmmmm.... an American tour? You know your British Pound goes TWICE as far here. It would be like the entire country is half off for your shopping pleasure.

Of course you'll have to skip the entire West Coast as it may change the color of your skin.

dickophile said...

have you ever considered that some of these straight kids could be gay? closeted maybe. and then could come on your blog and see the pictures of themselves?

Ben said...

OK, first of all I admit to being drunk and probably disorderly, and most definitely not in the correct way to be posting on the internet, but...

I think I should be at the gym more for the opportunity of winning a bed-in with LP! :-D

Two, I think that althought your South Ken tube pic guy has goo dbiceps, he needs to work on his shoulders

Three, it is nearly 2am and I most definitely should be in bed, and not be on the world wide web....

franck said...

Please be patient, I took the first picture to submit this morning.

Mike said...

NyQuil is an over-the-counter cold medicine designed to relieve symptoms of the common cold. It contains sedating antihistamines and generally intended to be taken at night, when you have cold, just before bedtime, so you can sleep better.

My friend gives it to his kids when traveling long distances in a car.

george said...

i hate those footwear....they are evil and no one should be wearing them. they are only worn cos they are considered "in trend" fuck off!!!......anyway you should have a look at the tattoo book body type, if you haven't already. unless you're in it?...ahhh will be in london this time next week...what weather am I looking forward to? should i be wearing shorts of or jeans?.....george

Trybaby said...

How do you know it's soft cotton. Did you repeatedly and 'accidentally' brush up against him?

Maybe you should be like the Spicegirls and then leave it up to the fans as to where you will fly to? LOL except that really just increases the chances of you ending up in a basement.

London Preppy said...

dick: Nah, contrary to every other gay person in the world who works on the assumption that every man out there is secretly gay and closeted, I choose to believe that everyone is straight

george: You should be wearing shorts and espadrilles. I hear they're "in trend" in that London

Trybaby said...

Mike it is disturbing that your friend likes to drug his kids.....

James said...

Thoughts on The Little Friend? I found the end somewhat unsatisfactory....

London Preppy said...

james: I couldn't even finish it

george said...

ha ....ha....they're big down here too for the young crew. i'll be wearing thongs (for the feet) thank you very much!!!....george

London Preppy said...

george: How old are you?

James said...

Fair do's, I wish I hadn't wasted the time on it. What about Lunar Park then? Bit of a curveball.

Anonymous said...

you need some deck shoes. deck shoes are very now.

DR-SQUARED said...

I loved The Secret History but I've found I can never bring myself to re-read books I've already read. Don't you always find you want to keep exploring the next novel waiting on your shelf? Or that great luxury of going into a bookstore and being open to all the possibilities it holds? Maybe it's a comfort thing?

A. Mundi said...

I think you only like The Secret History because Tartt and Ellis are friends... I hope that doesn't mean you like Bushnell too. That would be creepy.

London Preppy said...

james: I liked Lunar Park. I definitely thought the last few pages were a highlight out of all his books

anon: Come on! I have a blog called London Preppy and I wouldn't have any deck shoes? A couple of weeks ago I picked them as my favourite item of clothing ever when a reader asked me in the comments!

dr: I find that I go back to books and re-read them after I've finished a book that wasn't that great. So yes, I guess it's a comfort thing

a.mundi: Nah, don't like Bushnell. I can't remember how I came across The Secret History mind you. I might have even read it before reading all the BEE books

Gav Dublin said...

Hey Prep,

Have you ever heard of or tried deck shoes from Dubarry?

Here is the link. Very good and popular with sailors. I had to think there about how many pairs I had before telling you that I presently have 3 pairs.

Here is the link. Would be interested to know if you like them. You will have to do a bit of navigating as the site is not great but the "regatta" style are my favourite.

http://www.dubarryboots.com/catalogue/26

London Preppy said...

gav: I hadn't heard of these. I like the Challenge ones a lot - particularly the navy ones

Gav Dublin said...

Is that a hint?

Maluminas said...

Just random thoughts...

1)i never got a bonus?

2)instead i get a 2% raise to compensate the 50% cost of life increase.

3)herbal is indeed crap.

4)"natural" doesn't mean "safe". The most potent poisons are derived from plants.

5)i went to see The Dark Night. Freaking awesome, Heath Ledger deserves an award. He coldly kills people yet manages to produce general hilarity in the audience.

6)during above outing, about 65% of the guys i saw were unbelievably hot, making me feel inadequate with my unworthy 160 lbs and sub par wardrobe.

7)i started working out 2 months ago, but at 1 lbs gain per week, its gonna take forever to get to my desired 200.

8)im 6'2", 200 lbs isnt exagerated is it?

9)im done reding the Space Odyssey quadrilogy. Best Sci-Fi series ever.

10)that was quite pointless.

Brandon said...

There's a guy, Jessie, on the current Big Brother in the US who looks slightly like you, only with huge ham hocks of muscle that need to be deflated down a degree or two.

neb said...

LP,

I am not sure whether this is your taste but sure they are comfy. I bought one.

Check out the link:
http://www.tomsshoes.com/productslist.aspx?CategoryID=8&selection=1

For every pair of shoes bought, they ships a pair to people in need of shoes in Argentina.

London Preppy said...

gav: Well you don't know my shoe size or address, so I guess not! Otherwise, yes

maluminas: 1) I don't know, what do you do?, 8) sounds good to me

brandon: Yeah, he's too big. And I don't really like the face either. But you know, good for Jessie, it seems to have worked out for him

neb: Oh I do like these!

Anonymous said...

Did I miss the series of posts when you stopped being obsessed with Superman enough to have a perfectly normal conversation with him? Did the person who claimed to know him in real life ever eventuate?

I always thought espadrilles solely referred to those woman's wedges that I used to hate with a passion in 2004 but slowly came around to when I realised they were a) summery and b) probably comfortable and c) I might like to wear them too with a summery dress if I had been born with a vajayjay.

I still hate the ones my bosses PA wears though.

Gav Dublin said...

True, and, honestly, while you are nice and all, I have no intention of going to the trouble of stalking you to find out!!

Connecticut Yankee said...

Prep,

Why on god's good earth would we rush to send pictures now if we can wait three weeks to work out, run and eat as much protein as possible in some vain attempt to eliminate the pudge that has developed on our once beautiful bodies as we slowly kill time in front of PCs while our eyes go dry and sore and our back aches from sitting too much? At least that is what my friend said. yeah.

In all honesty, I think my BF is a bigger London Preppy fan than I am. At first he was a bit flummoxed about this blog reading, but now that I've returned to an environment of virtual peer pressure which has me running and lifting again he is quite enthusiastic.

Finally, somthing important! Ditto on the Challenge style, I prefer the classic. But to be honest, if you want deck shoes or what we call back home 'topsiders' or 'docksiders' then you have to go with Sperry, the original topsider. http://www.sperrytopsider.com/

To complement the look and truly stand out from the crowed in London I suggest you go ultra preppy and get a pair of Nantucket Reds (trousers) - the originals were invented by Murray’s Toggery Shop on Nantucket. http://www.nantucketreds.com

Looks great with an untucked stripy blue Oxford (RLPolo), perhaps with a ruby top double layerd, collars popped of course, D ring belt to complete the look. Oh, and a set of Wayfarers, but I prefer the Tom Ford Wayfarers as opposed to the Ray Bans, because everyone has Raybans, but only a few have Tom.

And if you can, find an open topped classic land rover or jeep...preferably with a surf board strapped to the roof...then you have the perfect catch.

george said...

38 why?......george

MrM said...

I must confess the Toms shoes seem a litte... scary to me. I never quite got the whole thing with polo - must be because I'm continental. Then again, LP, you _do_ like deck shoes (yachting = polo, really, no? just on land. and with horses).
These shoes do somewhat look like the hidden (for obvious reasons) love child between an E-Spanish espadrille and an H-English hush puppy... which is basically what Polo and Argentina are all about, I guess. However, Toms T-Shirt seem to be exactly the sort of stuff an LP would wear. Or would he?

Less musing, more meaning. I'm sorry, ever remaining a pointless-post-poster...

London Preppy said...

george: Oh nothing, because you referred to "the young crew", I was just wondering what ages you might consider to be the young crew

anon: I chat to Superman in a friendly manner these days but nothing major to report

george said...

anything under 25 i would consider the young crew....sorry you missed it by that much....george