good morning everyone - Today begins a trilogy of hoddles from fitzie’s roller-coaster of a saturday. it also features the first Mingus Monday of 2023!
Your hoddler-in-chief did something on saturday that he rarely does: skips a morning run.
You see, every Saturday, regardless of the weather, I throw on my running shoes and go for a run. It makes me feel good physically and mentally.
Over the years it has become ritualistic.
But this weekend I was tired - my eyelids drooped even after I woke up, and I felt my hamstrings constrict after mid-week runs and leg workouts.
So I skipped my run. Weird!
Instead I went back to bed for a half hour, turned on the Tottenham footie, had myself breakfast (cereal, which I don’t often have for breakfast, and coffee). Then I went to the car wash, which can get quite busy.
But look - it is nearly empty at 9:30am! Huzzah!
From there: second breakfast at a small diner in Alexandria. My weekend edition of Wall Street Journal in hand, I had yet another coffee, a waffle (a luxury) and a few slices of bacon (another luxury!).
At 2:15pm, going for a mid-afternoon walk, I catch a bird hop around the grass to my left.
Out from the underground comes a worm! It falls back on the grass and before it is again gripped by the bird’s beak.
Perhaps your ‘morning-person’ HIC could learn a lesson from this late-sleeping aviary.
Fitzie’s track of the day: Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues, by Charles Mingus
And now for your links:
Alasdair Gold’s latest video on Djed Spence and more
The Athletic ($$) on why Pape Mate Sarr is making himself known in Spurs’ midfield
Dan KP: Bryan Gil ‘changed everything’ to convince Antonio Conte to keep him at Spurs
Stevenage stun Aston Villa in comeback win during FA Cup
For those curious: Here’s the fourth round of the FA Cup draw in full