The Day I Won The Lottery

I stood in the sea, holding her. We watched the sun set pink-red over the horizon while surfers around us paddled lazily after waves and a man on the beach threw a frisbee for his Jack Russell.

We left when the sun was about a fist from the horizon and drove back to our crazy wooden house, both of us salty from the sea with sandy toes, and we talked about the future.



Back at home I fried up some burgers while she did a load of washing and when we were both done, I popped a bottle of Champaign and we drank a toast, clinking glasses. Our wild eyes met, my lioness and I, and we kissed. The taste of cold Champaign, the feeling of her body pressed against mine.

That old Sheryl Crow song came on her iPod, ‘My Favourite Mistake’ and I remembered the first time she ever said those words to me.

The things women tell us when they’re falling in love, we never forget them do we? No matter what happens, no matter how badly it ends, we never forget the words women whisper to us in those moments when the universe is holding its breath and it feels like the credits in the movie of your life could roll at any second.

And now she lies sleeping on the couch next to me while I finish the rest of the bottle of Champaign, listening to Jimi Hendrix on this balmy summer evening, at the end of a day that I think has changed my life completely.

There are things happening, things I could never have foreseen and they’re good things because they prove what I always suspected was true, that the good guys win sometimes and that if you find something you’re passionate about and stick to it, great things will come your way.

Me, I’m a writer, always have been, but I can’t tell you how long I wasted that gift, how many years I kept it locked away waiting for an opportunity that never came, making excuses.

Not living, just killing time.

But the day I finally got my shit together and started this blog, something came alive, and this thing, it’s big and it’s getting bigger.

Maybe, like me, people are tired of being fed a load of contrived bullshit. Maybe they just want to kick back for a few minutes a day and feel like they’re connecting with an actual human being instead of a bunch of fucking robots.



I stand like I always have, naked in front of you, shameless and unafraid, and I tell it exactly the way I see it and I leave the rest entirely up to you.

But I will say this though, pull up a chair if you like what you see here, because the show’s just starting and you bet your ass, it’s gonna be a good one 😉


5 Responses to “The Day I Won The Lottery”

  1. 1 Cian
    March 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Nice one t2t 🙂

  2. 3 dp
    March 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    hells yeah boyo! life is about making your dreams come true.

    “If you play from the heart, someone in the audience will always understand” Steive Ray Vaughn

  3. 4 Lee-Anne
    March 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Ya know Slick, you really have done an amazing thing. Sometimes we may think, “What’s the point in doing it? It’s not going to change the world!” but the fact is, sometimes something as small as an opinion can change a persons world.

    The whole world spins on influence, and you are definitely doing your bit. I read your Calvin and Hobbes post the other day, and one of his cartoons was on a racoon that died. I cried. As in tears pouring down my face. Dork, I know, but what’s a girl to do? 🙂 And now that cartoon sits on my desk. A small little cartoon literally changed the way I thought about something as serious as death. And it’s because you shared your taste, appreciation and thoughts.

    So keep on fighting your good fight!

    • March 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Lee-Anne! And no, crying because of a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon doesn’t make you a dork, it makes you a thinking, feeling human being and God knows, the world needs more people like you 🙂

      I will fight the good fight, tooth and nail, because that’s what tigers do 😉


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