It was absolutely throwing it down last night, I’d not had the best of days and just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I decided that was the time to face challenge no.39: appearing topless on my lovely friend Louise Gallagher’s Facebook timeline.
I should point out that at no stage did Louise ask me to do this, and she probably now wishes she’d begged me not to, but this challenge was included because at the turn of the year, I’d seen that she had posted a couple of pictures of men to whom the following adjectives could be described: young, fit, handsome, tanned, ripped... amongst others. I am none of the above. In fact the only one I’ve ever been is “young”—and we’re talking a bloody long time ago—so offering my portly torso for ridicule was never the best idea... but the cause is more important than my feelings.
Actually it’s not, but it sounds good...
So armed with my trusty camera, and minus the twelve pounds I’d lost over the past week and a bit, it was time to look hunky...
For those of a nervous disposition, you should probably stop reading round about now, because there’s a photo coming. Obviously I’d like to say that the picture posted on Louise’s timeline was the first one I took; just point, press and job done.
I would be lying.
I wasn’t counting (actually I’d lost count), but the selfie that went public was probably like the two hundred-and-somethingth. One or two weren’t too bad, but the majority were awful, and it says a lot when the second best shot was one when I pressed the shutter by accident when fiddling with the settings on the back of the camera: it was of the fireplace...
Anyway, somewhere around nine o’clock, I posted the photo. All pretty embarrassing really, but I suppose it was my fault for including the challenge in the first place. Louise left a couple of lovely messages, which meant a lot, and unless Saga get in touch asking me to be Mr June in their 2015 calendar, that is officially the beginning and end of my career as a topless model.
Massive sighs of relief all round!