19 February 2021
I sometimes take some flak for the “Natalocentric” (spellcheck is going to have a field day with that one) slant to some of my newsletters.
For this I apologize. It is what I see on a daily basis, and what I get excited about. I continuously ask for input from other provinces, but the response has not as been as enthusiastic as it could be.
We will soldier on.
A very short one this week, with one very important announcement.
The date of the South African marathon championships has been brought forward to the 21 – 23 May.
The venue has not changed.
With a predicted 3rd wave of the covid pandemic scheduled for June/July, and the possible restrictions that could accompany it, the marathon committee took the decision to schedule the championships earlier.
The SA championships couples as the selection event for the national team, to take part in the world marathon championships, in Romania, in late September/early October. Any postponement of our selection event would have serious repercussions with respect to the boat container arriving in time.
This date change will obviously also have an impact on the dates for the provincial marathon championships. Each union will have to reschedule.
Those who thought that they had 4 months to hit their peak, may have to rush off to the gym a little earlier.
Another snippet of news is that CSA is wanting to garner some opinion from you, the member, regarding a number of issues.
A survey has been compiled which can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2V2M59Z.
There are 10 simple questions. Please take the time to provide your input. Be as blatantly honest as you wish. Don’t pull any punches.
Hopefully we can use your input to provide a better service.
That’s all for this week.
Off to the Umko to trip.
And the joke:
A duck walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. The barman looks at him and says, “Hang on! You’re a duck.”
“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.
“And you can talk!” exclaims the barman.
“I see your ears are working, too,” says the duck. “Now if you don’t mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?”
“Certainly, sorry about that,” says the barman as he pulls the duck’s pint. “It’s just we don’t get many ducks in this pub.. What are you doing round this way?”
“I’m working on the building site across the road,” explains the duck. “I’m a plasterer.”
The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper from his bag and proceeds to read it. So, the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids the barman good day and leaves.
The same thing happens for two weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the pub for a pint and the barman says to him “You’re with the circus, aren’t you? Well, I know this duck that could be just brilliant in your circus. He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper and everything!”
“Sounds marvellous,” says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. “Get him to give me a call.”
So the next day when the duck comes into the pub the barman says, “Hey Mr. Duck, I reckon I can line you up with a top job, paying really good money.”
“I’m always looking for the next job,” says the duck. “Where is it?”
“At the circus,” says the barman.
“The circus?” repeats the duck.
“That’s right,” replies the barman.
“The circus?” the duck asks again. “With the big tent?”
Yeah,” the barman replies.
“With all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?” says the duck.
“Of course,” the barman replies.
“And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?” persists the duck.
“That’s right!” says the barman.
The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says ………….
“What would they want with a plasterer?