Think Visibility 20 Creme Eggs & My Birthday

OMG I have just about recovered from what could possibly be one of the best weekends of my life. Yes I should probably be dead but Jebus it was fun. So, let me take you back to March 4th 2011…

I had lots of ideas for a title for this post which I have listed here to give you some insight into the contents.

  • 20 Creme Eggs Wont Kill You!
  • Think Vis / Drink Vis 2011
  • My Birthday Weekend. The Best in 20 Years.
  • What to do when your bosses try to kill you.

It begins!!!! The day started like any other. Fiona (my wife) dropped me off at Woodhouse Lane and I walked across town to work. At Epiphany Solutions we have a bit of a tradition of buying things to celebrate our birthdays. Most people do cake but as all of you should know, I am not most people. I went to Sainsbury’s and purchased 60 Cadbury’s Creme Eggs.

So I got to work and sent out a company wide email to offer everyone a Creme Egg on me. I then got on with my day which included a 4 hour client meeting. After returning to my desk I noticed there were still 20 Creme Eggs left so I sent out a follow up email letting people have seconds.

For a minute let us step back 2 years to my first ever meeting with Mr Robert Shaw (My MD). We talked show etc. but eventually got on to the subject of Creme Eggs. I said something like “I reckon I could do 12 in 1 go” to which Rob replied something like “I did 14 once”. Since then Rob and I have often joked about a Creme Egg off.

So somebody had told Rob there were 20 eggs left and he came down with the aim of have a bit of a mini egg off. By the time he got to my desk we were down to 9 which we agreed wasn’t enough to break a sweat. Enter Shane Quigley. Shane is another of my Directors and a good friend (as is Rob). Shane likes to facilitate crazy things, he wont be offended that I have said that because frankly it is true :P Shane formalised our (Rob and my) little challenge and sent James Dawson (who was also interested in taking part) off to the shop for more Creme Eggs.

James returned with 40 more eggs but on the walk BOTTLED IT!!!!, so it was back down to Rob and I. So we set up a 20 on 20 challenge, untimed (more about endurance), watched by the whole company and filmed by 5 cameras (movie coming as soon as I get time to edit).

The Egg Off Stage Is Set

The next 20 minutes were rather odd to say the least. Initially Rob and I were going 1 for 1 but soon I noticed The Shaw was starting to slow. Rob went for the classic 2 bite approach used by many professional athletes. As time went on his initial bite was getting noticably smaller. I on the other hand went for the more out there smack em in whole approach. that way you cant slow.

By the time we got to 15 both Rob and I were feeling pretty crap. Someone had mentioned that so random guys on Youtube had done 16 so that was our first target. Rob shoots…… and fails. 15.5 for Rob Shaw. I on the other hand got a second wind and with the support and love of my colleagues…… BOOM!!!! 20 for me :)

I Win The Egg Off, I Think

I will be honest, I felt pretty good. Sure my vision was blurry, I was red hot and I never wanted to see a Creme Egg again but all in all pretty psyched.

The next memorable moment of my weekend was at 1.00am Saturday morning. No it’s not what you think. At 1.00am I awoke from a nightmare where I was being chased by Ninja (Ninja / Ninjas hmm). I was absolultey boiling hot, my heart rate was 105/minute and I felt rank. Fiona kicked me out of bed and I spend an hour sat in the dark downstairs trying to get my heart rate down.

OK, this blog post is getting a bit epic so I am splitting it into 2 (or maybe 3). See

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