I’m now in my 60’s, live in Co Wicklow, and work in Dublin city centre. The name Tinman (full name Tinman18) comes from the fact that I have a pacemaker, and from the fact that in 2007 my heart once stopped for 18 seconds which, well, is why I have a pacemaker (you can read the whole thrilling tale by clicking the “The Birth of Tinman” link in the categories section further down on the right). I’m engaged in a long-term prize-fight against Depression. Generally I kick its ass, but occasionally it wins a couple of rounds. At the moment I’m suffering from Derealisation, a condition where I feel like I’m in a bubble and everything seems to be happening a slight distance away. It’s like being permanently drunk, and this is not as much fun as it sounds.
In short (oh, I’m quite short too), I’m a mess.
But on the other hand…
I have a lovely wife (the long-suffering Mrs Tin), and three wonderful Tinkids now all in their twenties, I own my own house, I have a job and workfriends that I really like, a local pub that is the source of both companionship and material, and the realisation that on balance I’m well ahead.
The blog title is from GK Chesterton’s saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly”.
I think this blog is worth doing, so I’m doing it as badly as I can.