By Nigel Marsh
Nigel Marsh is a under pressure, obese loan slave suffering to stability a high-pressured profession, a wedding and the calls for of 4 young children less than 8.
Then the unthinkable occurs - he loses his activity.
After the preliminary surprise (and a few disagreeable surgical procedure) Nigel makes a decision to include lifestyles outdoors the workplace and spend a 12 months taking inventory. What follows is a candid and infrequently hilarious account of the way he makes an attempt to grasp the artwork of hands-on parenting, lose 20 pounds, teach for an ocean swimming race and are available to phrases with the starting to be realisation that he's an alcoholic.
Along the way in which we find what males (or this guy) relatively take into consideration intercourse in marriage, being solid dads, paintings, love, soccer, relations, faith, self-help books and sharks, only for starters.
FAT, 40 AND FIRED is an extraordinary gem, a hugely unique, thought-provoking and encouraging memoir approximately falling off the hamster wheel and surviving.
As Nigel says, 'I don't have a catchy slogan that sums up what I learnt from my 12 months off. i know, despite the fact that, that males aren't from Mars and fats isn't a feminist factor. males are from Earth and fats is fats. I don't declare to have usable knowledge for someone else. All i will be able to say is that I lived the dream of falling by the wayside, and this is often the way it was once for me...'
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Dad told us we were having something special for dessert—a flaming ice-cream cake. The waiter wheeled out a tray with the cake on it, and the woman with the gloves lit it with a taper. Everyone stopped eating to watch. The flames had a slow, watery movement, rolling up into the air like ribbons. Everyone started clapping, and Dad jumped up and raised the waiter’s hand above his head as if he’d won first prize. A few days later, Mom and Dad went off to the blackjack table and then almost immediately came looking for us.
Then Grandma would make a snide comment about Dad being shiftless. Dad would say something about selfish old crones with more money than they knew what to do with, and soon enough they’d be face-to-face in what amounted to a full-fledged cussing contest. ” Grandma would scream. ” Dad would shout back. ” Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage. A time would come when Dad had had enough and he’d tell us kids to get in the car.
Mom, however, told us that the FBI wasn’t really after Dad; he just liked to say they were because it was more fun having the FBI on your tail than bill collectors. We moved around like nomads. We lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two. They had names like Needles and Bouse, Pie, Goffs, and Why, and they were near places like the Superstition Mountains, the dried-up Soda Lake, and the Old Woman Mountain.