Tuesday, 8 July 2014

5 foot 8

I'm not very tall. I'm 5 foot 8 when I stand up nice and straight. Which although isn't very short, neither is it very tall by modern, western standards. But I've always been ok with my height. It's certainly never done me any harm.

I fit nicely into train and plane seats. I have plenty of leg room at the theatre or in the back of a car. & I'm almost never in danger of banging my head on anything. So what's not to like about being a bit of a short arse?

I suppose it is difficult for me to go out with girls who are taller than me? But I tend to fancy the shorter girls and so this has never been much of a problem. Going to gigs can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Why is it that when you find a nice spot, close enough to see everything but not so close that you're in the middle of a mosh pit - not that there are too many of those at a Willy Mason gig - that a giant stands right in front of you blocking your view. Also, why is it that these giants always travel in threes blocking all of your friends views at the same time?

Being tall might help here? Although being 6 foot won't help because the person who stands in front of you at a gig - I do feel a little sympathy for them, it's not exactly their fault - is always about 6 foot 7! But it's not really a big deal. I've been to plenty of great gigs - I went to see Arcade Fire at Hyde Park last week and they were phenomenal - and had a great time despite plenty of tall people standing in my way.

No being short isn't too bad. Except it's not exactly ideal when you're a swimmer. In just a couple of months or so I will be attempting to swim 21+miles and I can't help but think that if I was a foot taller - greatly increasing my reach - I would have a huge advantage over swimming it standing at just 5 foot 8. Surely it would feel like I was swimming a shorter distance? 

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