Middle-aged friends play high-stakes game of chicken by planning to meet up

TWO middle-aged friends are playing a dangerous game of chicken by planning to meet for a bite to eat and a few drinks. 

Tom Logan and Stephen Malley are each desperately hoping that the other will pull out of next week’s plan while trying to keep their nerve and not crack first.

Logan said: “Five days left. This one is going down to the wire.

“Steve is my best friend and one of my favourite people in the world, but come on. Leaving the house on a weekday night? That’s not happening.

“We made plans in a rush of warm feelings two months ago and now our bastard phone calendars are insisting we actually go through with it on a cold December evening.

“I tried saving face by suggesting we go large, leave the cars at home and have an all-nighter but he just responded with a thumbs-up emoji so the stakes are even higher.”

Malley said: “Christ. This might actually happen.

“I backed out last time, so I’ve got to go through with it no matter what. But if I end up having a fun night out with an old friend I’ll never ever forgive him.”

Woman posting motivational quotes from bed

A WOMAN is posting inspirational, motivational quotes on social media from under the duvet where she has been for 16 hours. 

Joanna Kramer, 36, regularly takes to Facebook and Instagram to share pictures of sunsets captioned with messages about positive living, while festering in a stained onesie with matted hair.

She said: “I’ve just posted ‘Push yourself because if you don’t, no-one else is going to do it for you’. Then I let out a big sigh and sank back into the pillows.

“Another big favourite is that Chinese one, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Okay I haven’t left the house since Thursday, but that’s understandable when I need so much energy for my retweet finger.

“I’ve empowered so many people by sharing wisdom from the greats: Maya Angelou, Dolly Parton, Kourtney Kardashian.

“And they’re all the more powerful when backed by some mediocre clip art. The healing power of those pastel colours is so overwhelming, I often need a nap to digest it all.

“I may not have a job, or the ability to hold a conversation with a real person, but I once got 27 likes when I shared a Winnie the Pooh quote and that’s all the validation I need.”