My father would promise to take my mother around the world after he retired, and she has never gotten over this travesty of justice, that he was taken from her before his 'retirement'. All this talk of overseas holidays was horseshit really, all bluff, just the ramblings of the inebriated, another form of alcoholic irresponsibility. I wonder if the organisational considerations of traveling with someone who was so ensconced in living their lives to drink and smoke copious cigarettes occurred to my mother. She was in denial then and incredibly remains so to this day. My sister told me that years earlier they won an overseas trip together but he created an excuse for not going. All drinkers want to do is to stay home and drink, it's that simple. My dad's universe was centered around the three local pubs, and that's how I've known him all my life.
Acknowledgements to the author of the 'al-kulh' article.
Acknowledgements to my family.