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What Happened When I Hired Two Private Investigators to Follow Each Other – Elaine

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“Whose Blog is it Anyway ?” 2 – The Unanswerables

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Whose Blog is it Anyway? 2 – The Unanswerables

Why “The Unanswerables” ? Because the titles assigned to my guest improvisers don’t have an exact scientific answer or they are just zany and off the wall.

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Her Highness – The One And The Only Fantastically Yummy Food Bod

I get stereotyped by people from time to time. Some lady called me a geek, one a photography blog, and probably a casual glance at my blog today some might think I’m a writing blog. Someone even called me “unpleasant” the other day, that’s a new one on me !

So I totally understand Elaine ticking me off for thinking that’s she just a cookery blog. Sorry Elaine, I didn’t mean to, its just I see such lovely food every-time I visit you.

So my good friend Elaine, the lady with the cool new gravatar photo, has shown me that’s she not just a Foodbod, she’s also an ImrpoBod too. First class work Elaine 🙂

You can find Elaine at Foodbod blog.

Please give a warm welcome to Elaine.


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What Happened When I Hired Two Private Investigators to Follow Each Other


It would seem that my life goes in phases, I think it comes from a childhood of moving a lot and never ever living anywhere for more than a few years before having to up sticks and move again, changing schools and countries constantly. Consequently I can look back at my life and see the phases and changes in it – luckily my husband and son remain very much constant in my life, it’s work and social life and people that seem to change, and not always of my making!

I believe it was as a result of all of this constant moving and having to make new friends all the time that I ended up in sales, concluding in being a sales manager for an international sign company before throwing it all in and starting my own business. For 6 years I was an independent image consultant and personal shopper, using my business to make as many people as possible happier with themselves and boosting their confidence, until I decided to bring it to an end a year ago.

Right now, I am soon to be 43, married mother of one, soon to be, 12 year old son, and at home full time. I cycle, I write, I cook, I blog and I look after my two men and I am extremely grateful for my happy life 🙂


We’ve all heard the phrase ‘it’s a dog’s life’, and oh what a lovely life! Oh, to be the pet of a loving, caring home; your food is provided, you’ve got your own bed, you get to go out to interesting smelling places every day, you get to play and run and bark, you don’t have to earn your keep or do any kind of work at all, all you have to learn to do is toilet outside and even then someone else holds the door for you, and in return you have the endless joy in being able to make people happy by your pure existence. (Do recall that I said a pet from a loving, caring home, I know this is not the life of all pets, but it’s the life I fully wish all pets had).

Oh yes, what an easy, happy, simple life, with everything done for you: ‘a dog’s life’. And how easily pleased our beloved pets are, just think of the pure joy a dog gets from merely being petted, or the total ecstasy of having a ball thrown for them or when their owner comes home from being out. And actually, a dog, or a cat, or many other animals, don’t even need any other interaction to be happy and have some fun, in between sleeping, and walking and eating, they can just amuse themselves quite happily by chasing their own tails!!


Oh the endless hours of inbuilt fun, whirling round and round and round attempting to catch your own tail, and every time you get close, it moves again! And again!! You keep trying to get hold of it and pin it down, and it’s gone again. As if it knows you’re there! And oh, to live in a world where merely chasing your own tail for hours on end was enough. No need for mobile phones or tablets or game consoles or laptops or anything else to feed your mind and fill your time, just the mere joy of trying to achieve the impossible and catch your own tail. Utter joy.

So I pondered how this could be emulated in human form and I hired two private investigators to follow one another, as this is exactly what came to mind, that they were literally chasing their own tails – because, isn’t that what it’s called when a private investigator follows someone? They’re ‘tailing’ them, so they become the ‘tail’???

If your job is to follow the person whose job it is to follow you whilst you follow them following you following them….you are surely ‘chasing your tail’?!?! Because, what’s the point in the end? And how is there ever an outcome if two people are hired to follow one another? Like Peter Pan chasing his shadows, you would see them everywhere but never be able to pin them down. This was, after all, merely a short lived social experiment, which made its point very quickly: if you are chasing your own tail, you are merely going round in circles, but it’s never as fun as dogs make it look!!

Hence the saying for people who are so busy that they are meeting themselves coming back the other way, they are said to be ‘chasing their tail’. And in essence, getting nowhere. And what’s the point? What do you achieve in the end?? Like the two investigators, you achieve nothing, because there can be no outcome. You can never catch that tail. You will just end up frustrated and unhappy trying to do so.

So I urge you to take a leaf out of our four legged friends’ books and look for the simplicity and joy in life; come to a stop and recognise what truly makes you happy, and makes you wish you had a tail to wag in pure joy. Consider what is making you so very busy? Do you really need to do all of those things? What happens if you don’t? Will the world stop turning? What really matters? And if you truly have such a huge list of jobs to do, who can help you? How can you being simplicity into your life?

And if you do want to chase your own tail, only ever do it for the fun of it, just because you can 🙂


Thank you for reading, I hope it made you smile and encouraged you to stop chasing your tail, to take a breath and smile.

BY Elaine, blogger extraordinaire at Foodbod blog.

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69 thoughts on “What Happened When I Hired Two Private Investigators to Follow Each Other – Elaine

  1. So sweet Elaine! I, for one, need to learn from this. It seems that I am always chasing my own tail to no end. And for what? For nada! Nothing! I loved it! 🙂

  2. Don, thank you so much for encouraging me to take part in this challenge, I have enjoyed it so much. How else would I ever be challenged to write something out of the ordinary and expand my brain?? I’ve just tried to explain to my eleven year old son that at my age, you don’t get given writing challenges any more, so this was great! I am grinning from ear to ear, so glad it was well received, thank you all for your support ☺️☺️

      1. Mega nerve twitching!!!! I had to go to bed last night not knowing if it was even out there or what reaction it would have!!

        Thank you, I really enjoyed writing it ☺️

      2. Everyone did fantastically, I will re-read later this week, as I was constantly pushed for time and that’s not my reading at it’s best … the show was the important thing, and it gone done without error or large mishap, as professionally as I was able 🙂

      3. Thanks Elaine, much appreciated … and the “show” wouldn’t have been possible without everyone, so give yourself a pat on the back too 🙂

      4. Thanks Elaine … mostly just exhausted, and had to go into serious mode to get finished … your charm has renewed the Charisma muscles, very eloquently 🙂

        Don ‘Cool’ Charisma (the Generous) …

        How’s that ?

      5. LOL, hmmm, now there’s the thing … no, I’ll just stick with the original, if others want to call me then obviously I can’t stop them 🙂

      6. um – I THINK so – I can’t remember actually *-*
        I just reblogged my one – If you go back to the original post Don did with the rules – or alternatively Don will likely jump in here sometime (probably still snoozing – bless him – he WAS TRASH tired!)

      7. The rules were no outbound links in comments whilst the challenge going on. This was to discourage unauthorised entrants that we had in the first challenge, because I felt that that was just rude, considering the effort you guys and I had put in. And also I felt these people potentially just looking for free traffic. Reblogs were *allways* allowed at any time, best to do whilst the challenge is going on, immediately after post published. It’ll be clearer next time 🙂 And thanks for reading and following the rules ! Cheers DC

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