I'm just a WYSIWYG kind of guy … who wears his heart on his sleeve.

As the old saying goes, “A lot of water has gone under the bridge” since I last posted a ‘steelcityman’ blog, and  just like water, life rushes by, faster as you get older, or it seems that way to me. I’m 73 years old now, and feeling every year of it. It’s a time of reckoning for all the abuse I put my body (and mind) through when I was a younger soul, invincible and ready to grab life by the throat and shake it … just to see what fell off. Well, most of the bits did fall off, including my hair, libido, some teeth and a whole bunch of opportunities. Of course Covid 19 reared its ugly head and  for the best part of the last three years we have all had our lives changed in one way or another. Feeling the suffocating effects of the numerous lockdowns, as well as job losses and the often scary experience of re-tooling oneself for a complete change of career or direction. But my biggest loss has been the death of my wife of 50 years, Christine. It wasn’t Covid related, but due to her heart failure which she had fought for many years .      To call her death a loss is a great understatement, in fact for several months after her passing, I was quite non functional … totally lost without her presence. People say that it gets easier as time passes but I’m certainly not at that point yet and really I can’t imagine, at the present time, how that can possibly come about.  I’ve had much support from my family, for which I’ll be eternally grateful. They really have been there for me.

      Well, I’m sure anyone who reads this will have suffered loss in someway or another, either through the Covid pandemic or another of life’s feckless doings.  So, on to my stretch of the water that never stops flowing under the bridge…….

      I’m about to do something I’ve never done before in my life !!!   That sounds so dramatic doesn’t it ?  Well for me it is. On Monday (9th May … I hope  the 4th was with you all !!) I’m about to depart on the very first holiday I’ve ever had ON MY OWN.  I decided that I’ve had enough of staring at the same old four walls in my flat…I was beginning to feel as if I was suffocating. So I’m off for a break to North Devon.  It’s  only a 5 day coach touring holiday but it will get me out and about, give me an excuse to write a DAILY blog whilst I’m down there, maybe even a vlog or two for my equally neglected Youtube channel  ‘steelcityman’. 

      It will be something for you to look forward to, says he hopefully… For those that remember my last daily blog when I was on an ‘oldies’ coach holiday, it will be in the same irreverent, satyrical style which will at least give you giggle or two without overly offending anyone.

      I’ll be in touch after I’ve boarded the Oldies excursion coach on Monday morning !!  


  1. Imogene Pinder says:

    Well done Pat. I know exactly what you are going through ❤️❤️

    1. steelcityman says:

      WoW !! that was a quick reply… Thank you Imogene. Love to you and yours xxx

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you have a great time!

  3. What a lovely surprise on a Monday morning, Pat. I am go grateful you are back and wish you wonderful holiday travels. I’m looking forward to you posts. Sending my best wishes to you, dear friend. 💙🌈

    1. steelcityman says:

      Thank you’s always a great pleasure to hear from you, Hope you are well and enjoying life to the full. Still reading your posts … what a woman !

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