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, 49 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… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former 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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