Do you like Hula Hoops?

A packet of Hula Hoops crisps.

I love those moments chatting with people when the direction of the conversation suddenly and for no apparent reason completely changes direction. Such as this online conversation with a friend of mine, whom I promised I would keep anonymous.

Terry Hedges: Happy Christmas!

Gareth J M Saunders™: Almost. How are you? Good to see you.

Terry Hedges: Christmas is more than just a day. I celebrate everyday through the entire Advent.

Gareth J M Saunders™: Ah, well if you want to get technical then Christmas lasts 12 days from 25 December to 5 January.

Terry Hedges: I don’t do technical. I do fun.

Gareth J M Saunders™: In fact, getting really technical Christmas begins at sundown on 24 December.

Terry Hedges: Woop!

Gareth J M Saunders™: Up until then it’s Advent and after that (6 Jan) it’s Epiphany. So … Happy Wednesday in the week of Advent 3. (Not quite as catchy!)

Terry Hedges: I like the sound of the word ‘Epiphany’.

Gareth J M Saunders™: Epiphany is a great word. It means a revelation — like a sudden realisation.

Terry Hedges: Do you like Hula Hoops?

There was clearly some kind of epiphany going on at Terry’s end of the conversation but I’ll be darned if I can see it!

And yes I do like Hula Hoops, but I prefer the Original salted variety.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

6 thoughts on “Do you like Hula Hoops?”

  1. I’m with Gareth – the Original’s do it for me.

    Did anyone else ever put them on our fingers & thumbs and crunch them all one by one? Not in the last ten years, perhaps, but at some point….


  2. I always used to do that, too!

    I knew I was going to bite my fingers, but I’d always do it anyway 🙂

    thinks he can see through the ‘Terry Hedges’ disguise. If it’s who I think it is, then you really could’ve tried harder, Gareth 😉

  3. Nobody noticed — or at least commented — that I’d written the wrong week in Advent. It should have been Advent 3 not Advent 4 as I had originally said.

    I only just noticed it this morning. I must have been a week ahead of myself as I’ve spent the week preparing for midnight mass.

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