What can you acheive in three years?

Some great public works? The creation of a much admired business enteprise? A trip to all four corners of the earth* maybe? Any of these things has so much more worth than over a thousand day’s of nonsense that makes up this blog.

3 years since I wrote this. 2 years since I said I was stopping and a year since I realised I’d already said everything twice, but no one seemed to have notice. Someone once said “every person has one book in them” and – while they may be right – that’s really where it should stay. The only thing you can charitably say about individuals exposing their vanity electronically is they’re not wasting any real paper, and only wasting their own time.

Not much more to add other than a thousand thanks to Andy who hosts the site and puts up my dumb questions and occasional mass deletions. And a reply to those of you – who clearly also have time to waste – asking what all the random characters are in the archived posts.

At first I thought you meant my friends. Then I mused it was merely lazy spelling and zero proof reading, but on further investigation it seems one of the interminable upgrades has morphed ‘ to {45ac9c3234d371044e23e276755ef3a4dde8f1068375defba7d385ca3cd4deb2}${45ac9c3234d371044e23e276755ef3a4dde8f1068375defba7d385ca3cd4deb2}^{45ac9c3234d371044e23e276755ef3a4dde8f1068375defba7d385ca3cd4deb2}X. I’m seeing it as a bit of an improvement, and with 300 posts to edit, it has a resolution priority just below counting the hairs on the dog.

Later this week, I shall bore you with a non ironic post heavily detailed in the joy of plumbing. 42 this year, which must mean I am due to understand the meaning of life. And possibly plumbing.

In the meantime, the hedgehog rocks on!

* What is that all about? It’s ROUND. 3 years on and this stuff still annoys me.

9 thoughts on “What can you acheive in three years?

  1. NBT

    I’d check your DB collation / character set before you start editing lods of old posts, I had a similar thing when I upgraded my WordPress at the weekend

  2. Alex

    You see there is intelligent life out there! Thanks NBT, it seems the insertion of “utf8_unicode_ci” cattles the last 100 posts, but fixes the previous 200. A result all round!

  3. Happy Birthday Hedgehog!

    Glad that despite threats otherwise you’re still honing your writing skills on us… Actually come to think of it, how much practice do you need?!!

    Seriously though, good stuff. You’re one of my comprehensive array of websites used as a work coping strategy. So far so good…

  4. Yep.. Happy Birthday from me too Al.. In three years I’ve learnt a fair amount, people who say they’re slow and rubbish on a bike are generally quicker than me, jealousy over other peoples toys (bikes) doesn’t fade with age and Al will always see the sheer injustice of it all in any given situation ;o)

  5. DaveB


    Please keep this blog going it is a fantastic public service for males like me who are able to more than justify their seemingly outrageous spending with a quick “But…look here at what Al has just bought..”. Think of yourself as “leading the charge”.

  6. Dave

    Another vote for the work coping mechanism. I remember being slightly horrified that you might have stopped last year and vowed to pester you into ‘writing submission’ if there’d been so much as a pause inbetween works.

    It’s inspirational.. i mean i don’t think i know anyone else who has quite as many bikes as you do. Some come close – but sheer volume and throughput? no way..

  7. Alex

    Thank you all for your kind words. Oh, no sorry I was replying to someone else 😉

    DaveB – I believe the term is actually “cannon fodder”
    Well if I’m keeping 2-3 people occasionally amused, then I’ll think of it as a calling…

    And just so we’re clear, I don’t have a lot of bikes compared to many people. It’s the throughput that leaves other breathless!

  8. DanLees

    As a relative newcomer to Hedgehog land, I find you odd and amusing.

    Just think if i was really bored i could trawl through the archives…

    Plus you make me feel better about spending money on bikes. I see a pattern forming.

    Keep at it young man.

  9. Alex

    Dan you’re a lucky man only having recently succumbed. Don’t ruin it by reading the archives. Merely the same old stuff pre-hashed.

    I am now abandoning spending cash on MTB’s. Sorry. Not because I’m overcome with fiscal responsibility regarding payment for the plumbers’ holiday home, more to do with the fact I’ve found another stupid, pointless expensive hobby to spend it on.

    This month anyway. By the middle of the year, I’m confident I’ll be investing in carbon herrings or moon drilling units.

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