I posted here back in August that I was planning another invasion from across the Pond, and I’m happy to say that my suitcase is packed. A concert tour with the choir through Italy, Germany and Poland… and then a quick hop over to Merseyside for the Derby on the 2nd! I can’t wait.
My tour director, the eminent Peter Mills, has decreed that we’re all gonna party on Friday evening of 30 November. The site is The Midland pub on the corner of Ranelagh Street and Case Street, directly opposite Central Station, between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Anybody here who has ever wanted to shake my hand or punch me in the mouth is welcome. (And for you Special Ones – you know who you are – the first round is on me!)
But here’s the thing – I need a little help from somebody. I’m still without a ticket to get into Mordor.
Has anybody got an extra? Money is no object. And I promise victory!
Mike The Yank
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1 Posted 04/11/2018 at 20:09:22
2 Posted 04/11/2018 at 21:04:07
Have faith, something will turn up, but maybe you might have to watch a famous victory from the Kop!
3 Posted 04/11/2018 at 23:50:09
4 Posted 05/11/2018 at 00:12:14
5 Posted 05/11/2018 at 01:31:57
6 Posted 06/11/2018 at 15:48:00
The good news is Tony has managed to get you a ticket, the bad news is it is in the Liverpool End in the centenary stand; the further bad news is you will be sitting next to me.
Two of Tony's mates have given up their seats for a good cause.
7 Posted 06/11/2018 at 17:40:06
8 Posted 06/11/2018 at 17:48:43
9 Posted 06/11/2018 at 17:53:21
10 Posted 06/11/2018 at 17:59:13
11 Posted 06/11/2018 at 18:17:19
I really hope you do bring that luck with you and continue your winning streak.
12 Posted 06/11/2018 at 21:06:13
13 Posted 07/11/2018 at 04:56:34
Many, many thanks to both of you for your efforts on my behalf, and to Tony's two mates for their sacrifice. Please come and join us at the Midland on the Friday evening before the game, and the libations are on me.
And Dave, I will be honored to be in such company for this historic occasion -- Liverpool 1, Everton 2.
Thank you again, gentlemen.
14 Posted 07/11/2018 at 05:04:28
15 Posted 07/11/2018 at 07:08:35
I hope you're our lucky omen Mike. Fuck knows we need one. A win is well overdue.
Have a great trip.
16 Posted 07/11/2018 at 07:10:59
I phoned the fella who sits next to him, he hates Everton, one bitter twisted red, and told him he better swap seats because hes got a “true blue American toffee” sitting next to him in the derby!
17 Posted 07/11/2018 at 07:57:00
Paul, I accept the responsibility. But win or lose, I'm gonna have a wonderful day.
18 Posted 07/11/2018 at 08:07:14
19 Posted 07/11/2018 at 09:48:55
Credit also due to your mate, Tony.
20 Posted 07/11/2018 at 10:01:05
I won't be able to get there until just after 7:00pm myself.
22 Posted 07/11/2018 at 10:03:08
In the meantime I've got a long blond wig to go with my red dress and my fur top coat, I've got your outfit ready. I'm practicing walking in my high heels, takes some getting used to, but it will be worth it – even Liverpudlians don't hit women.
It will be like that film "Some like it hot" – I bags (claim) the Tony Curtis part, you'll have to be Jack Lemmon!!!! See you soon.
23 Posted 07/11/2018 at 10:22:51
However, over a lifetime of social gatherings in Liverpool, I have found their duration to have an element of elasticity – I'll make sure we linger a while for you.
24 Posted 07/11/2018 at 11:30:07
Hopefully, this will go down in history as the ‘Mike Gaynes derby'. Don't worry, Mike, we're not expecting to net a winner for us!!!!
25 Posted 07/11/2018 at 12:23:23
26 Posted 07/11/2018 at 13:02:10
You tend to feel it more on the backs of the ankles – I find sticking plaster helps avoid blisters.
"I've got a long blond wig to go with my red dress and my fur top coat".
I always had you down as all fur coat and no knickers.
27 Posted 07/11/2018 at 13:20:06
Just to say I have absolutely nothing against cross dressers and I hope you enjoy the night out your planning at the Midland. I would suggest you get in touch with the Midland as I am not sure what reception you may get if some of you turn up dressed as woman.
28 Posted 07/11/2018 at 13:29:55
And I awake to this story. What a needed breath of fresh air.
Mike Gaynes – have fun and enjoy! If you can, take a lot of pics and do an article so I can live vicariously through you.
To the Abrahams family – well done! You single-handedly restored my faith in humanity over night.
Mike – not to beat a dead horse but I sincerely hope you have the trip of a lifetime.
29 Posted 07/11/2018 at 14:03:58
Dave – "even Liverpudlians don't hit women". Very true, although certain alumni from the Dark Side have been known to spit on teenage girls.
30 Posted 07/11/2018 at 14:11:54
32 Posted 07/11/2018 at 14:43:55
Dave #22, how did you know my favorite outfit? Wear it around the house all the time.
Ray, I will be sorry to miss meeting you. We've been chatting here for so long, I know you're a top gent.
Jamie #28, it's already pretty ugly over here – my distant cousins once belonged to that synagogue in Pittsburgh. I followed your governor's race a bit and couldn't believe what was said.
Anyway, be sure I will write an article about this trip! The world needs some happy stuff!
33 Posted 07/11/2018 at 15:15:34
Mike – I had three of my five sons born in Pittsburgh, and we lived blocks away from that synagogue. Terrible.
I've a strong feeling you and I would not see eye-to-eye on politics, but firmly believe our country would do well to see us have a conversation about issues.
There would be mutual respect and tolerance. Something unfortunately lacking in today's world.
Now go have fun abroad.
35 Posted 07/11/2018 at 15:42:21
The main thing for you is to enjoy your whole trip but hopefully the derby game will be one of the highlights to enable you to remember for a very long time those 90+ minutes at Anfield.
36 Posted 07/11/2018 at 15:49:58
Can't believe it's only 3 weeks this Friday until the meet up, and really looking forward to meeting you again.
37 Posted 07/11/2018 at 15:54:19
Jamie, I'm listening to a BBC prog (All in the MInd) and a psychologist on here is summarising evidence that says that if somebody is being insulting to you and maintain civility instead of responding in kind, then the other person tends to become more civil to you in return.
38 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:03:01
I'm in Germany this weekend too, Armistice Day included, so I've bought the biggest Poppy I could find and intend to wear it everywhere I go. In fact, if I could have got one off a lamp post, those big 18 inch ones, I'd be wearing that.
39 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:06:44
"My fellow football supporters, as a rabid Blue Boy, I realise we have very different allegiances but I appreciate the quality of football your excellent Red Shite... sorry, 'Liverpool' – side play and I'm sure we'll all enjoy today's match regardless of the outcome – may the best team win. And drinks on me at the Midland".
40 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:09:01
I spotted this article on the Rooney for England affair and thought yourself, Jamie and other US blues would enjoy:
41 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:19:14
Dave, doesn't matter to me, being there with you will be thrill enough.
Ray, my tour goes through Germany. Who knows, we might run into each other there. It's not that big a country. Anyway, Happy Birthday in advance.
Rob, me too, mate. Still have our photo with Dixie on my desktop.
Brent, I'm good with all that except that last part. My tab at the Midlands is only for Evertonians.
Frank, I advocated for a Dublin stop on the tour, but we had already learned to sing in German and Polish. Maybe next time indeed.
42 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:26:56
Are you mad?
43 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:31:02
44 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:32:07
45 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:34:12
Sorry Brent, just asking.
46 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:34:46
47 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:35:18
48 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:39:30
Early into the game the rs had a one-on-one chance and missed. The gentleman turned round and said “He should have put that one away”. My pal replied “Fuck off”. The memory has had me chuckling to myself this afternoon.
49 Posted 07/11/2018 at 16:51:59
I was over on a business trip so had to make do with the Doug Ellis Stand and keeping very quiet. 4 Everton lads beside me were also whispering encouragement beneath their breath until half way through the 2nd half, still 0-0, one could take no more and bellowed "Come on, Blues – these are shite!"
Cue a lot of disturbed Villa fans looking around, me too!! No-one ejected, thankfully.
50 Posted 07/11/2018 at 17:19:13
51 Posted 07/11/2018 at 18:00:25
52 Posted 07/11/2018 at 20:00:02
I say this knowing you've a fantastic sense of humo(u)r.
53 Posted 07/11/2018 at 20:12:36
54 Posted 07/11/2018 at 22:54:47
55 Posted 07/11/2018 at 23:56:48
All the best!
56 Posted 08/11/2018 at 00:35:19
57 Posted 08/11/2018 at 02:05:45
I'm even looking forward to the January sales. I'm thinking we should introduce a Black Friday in football too so we can get rid of our deadwood on the cheap before we start shopping again.
58 Posted 08/11/2018 at 20:17:30
I assumed, when you mentioned many moons ago, that you were putting in a Guest Appearance, that you had a ticket secured for the match. I must also mention the overwhelming gesture from the two RS fans who let you have their seats on the day, albeit that the seats are behind enemy lines.
It does bode well for the spirit of Liverpool people, even though across the divide, will accommodate the enemy in time of need.
I will see you, and many others hopefully in the Midland at the time you mentioned. It will be good to put faces to ' virtual friends ' that you feel you already know, through the wonderful medium that is ToffeeWeb.
I hope I earn the appropriate Brownie points from Michael and Lyndon, for my TW mention in the last paragraph.
59 Posted 08/11/2018 at 20:25:58
Brownie points duly awarded.
60 Posted 08/11/2018 at 20:33:37
Derek, thanks for the reminder. I always seem to forget to thank Lyndon and Michael for maintaining this brilliant board and making my adventures possible. Much appreciated, guys.
61 Posted 08/11/2018 at 23:28:41
62 Posted 09/11/2018 at 06:21:01
63 Posted 09/11/2018 at 12:15:44
Official finishing time 7:00pm, but it looks as though there is going to be a stay-behind. Hope to see you there.
64 Posted 12/11/2018 at 23:07:06
65 Posted 13/11/2018 at 19:05:22
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