Jun 19, 2014
Liz and I, for the most part, spent the long weekend working on two websites that needed to be launched on Monday. With deadlines met and very happy clients, we decided to leave work early on Tuesday afternoon for a walk around Lion’s Head for this month’s inspiration day.
It was a beautiful winter’s day in Cape Town – all blue skies and warm sunshine. After a brief chat about how work is going (summary: things are looking pretty exciting for Pomegranite right now), we broke into a gentle run on the contour path.
Not having been able to run for ages after two ankle surgeries and a whole lot of rehab, I was torn between the worry that I would turn my ankle on the rocky path, and utter exhilaration at being able to move at speed with the wind in my hair. I felt liberated, powerful, and downright graceful as I darted along the path.
“You look like a donkey newly escaped from a medical testing centre,” Liz observed.
As I said – graceful.
We made our way around the mountain, stopping to admire the view – and Instagram the sh*t out of it (obviously).
As we reached the wider road on the way down, we broke into a run again – this time not so gentle. Hurtling down the slope, we passed a group of people laughing as they sauntered upwards. I spun around to give Liz an “OMG-that’s-Marc-Lottering” look. Yip, full-on SA celeb spotted on Lion’s Head. Exciting times.
Little did we know what was in store for us.
We had reached the bottom, flushed with the exhilaration of the run and Marc-spotting, when I noticed an old couple just ahead of us.
Me: That guy looks exactly like Saul from Homeland.
Liz: It totally is!
Me: No, can’t be…
Liz: It is. It’s him! It’s totally him!
Being my father’s daughter (he would happily introduce himself to the queen – I’m not even joking), I was all for saying hello. Liz, it seemed, was not, which I gathered as she panic-ran to a safe distance.
Thus followed this (not at all embarrassing) exchange.
Me: Um, excuse me… Are you from Homeland?
Saul: Why yes, yes I am.
Me: (Struggling to make words) Um… wow! Um… wow! Um… welcome to South Africa!
(Liz in hysterics looking on)
Saul: (Amused smile) Thanks. Have a great day.
That’s right. The CIA told me to have a great day.
How was your Tuesday?
Question: How on earth are we going to top that for July’s inspiration day? If any of you chat to Ryan Gosling in the next couple of weeks, please let him know we’ll be waiting.
Sorry, no pics of Saul – I wasn’t THAT brave.