I must admit that I was a TAD surprised to see old Lýður Guðmundsson at the gym today.
For those that don’t know, Lýður Guðmundsson is one of the former owners of Kaupthing bank. Remember that Kaupthing loan book leak on WikiLeaks? The one that exposed the billions of ISK in unsecured loans to a select few individuals closely connected to the bank? Who apparently plundered the bank past repair just a few days before it collapsed? – That was him.
I saw Lýður and his brother Ágúst Guðmundsson at the gym on occasion last winter, but hadn’t seen them there in a while. They don’t spend much time in Iceland these days I gather, but apparently come here occasionally on business [*snort*]. They’re not exactly the most popular kids on the block and, like I said, a little surprised that old Lýður would just wander out among the common people, pretending just to be one of us. Hoping, perhaps, that everything is normal, just as it was. Oh, the folly.
I’m not sure if it was my imagination, but I perceived a lot of tension in that gym today. Like everyone was pretending that he wasn’t there but really would have liked to have walloped him one. I hate to say it, but there it is. Seriously, it would not have surprised me in the least if one of those hardcore bodybuilders with the densely-tattooed arms had just walked over and pounded him on the top of the head, driving him into the ground like a peg. Like for instance that guy who always walks around in the T-shirt that reads: TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET IF ONE OF THEM IS DEAD.
Perhaps old Lýður perceived the same thing because he seemed a little … rigid. He soon sort of slinked off into the corner to lift weights by himself and a few minutes later he was gone.
I think everyone was kinda relieved. There might have been an explosion, but it didn’t happen. Not today.
IT HAS BEEN RAINING BUCKETS TODAY
Even though I was at the gym today and did 4 km on the treadmill and then went for the toning equipment, I felt the compulsion to go out for a bicycle ride this evening in the driving rain. Call me obsessive if you will if you shall if you must. I’m not really. It’s more like temporary insanity. By the time I got home my shoes were full of water and I had to wring out the rest of my clothes – but I had my dose of fresh air! It is currently 11°C [52F] and the sun came up at 5.48, set at 9.09.