Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 93, Saturday 26th March until Friday 1st April 2016.
This has been a week of mixed emotions, I also don’t have a huge amount to say (yes everyone cheers at reading that).
I start a job next Monday in Croydon (South London) in the same office I worked in for a few months last summer. And will be working with a number of people that I got to know last year who I am looking forward to seeing them again.
I suspect that 99.9% of people don’t enjoy what they do for a living, the ones that do are probably famous actors or scuba diving instructors. The rest of us have to do a job we hate just to survive. When sitting in a large glass building on the 5th floor next week I have to remember why I am doing the job. I have to remember that I am saving money so that I can return to Tofo in August. It will not be easy being tied to a desk answering phones talking to angry people who really do not want to be talk to me, or listening to what I have to say.
Last year I found the job tough even though I have been doing it for over a decade. There were moments when I wanted to run away, scream hide in the loo and just escape from the large glass prison I was trapped in. The job is mainly phone based; I don’t even use the phone in real life I’m a texter. I know how bad I sound on the phone, I hate having to defend who and what I am. I get upset when the wrong pronoun is used, and even more upset when a person keeps using them after I have corrected them.
This year I must try to not get stressed, I have to remember that the person I am speaking to will never know me. It doesn’t matter what they think or say, I have to take a deep breath and remember why I’m sitting in a badly air conditioned office. I will think of Tofo and all the lovely people and beach dogs that I know and think about seeing them when I return. In tough times I will fondle the Manta necklace that was made especially for me out of a piece of coconut shell. I just have to remember that I am prostituting myself so I can return to Africa.
I said earlier that this week has been full of mixed emotions. This week was the funeral of a dear friend of 26 years. My best friend’s mother passed away suddenly while I was in Mozzibeak, I was asked to come back which of course I did without having to think about it. All I wanted to do was to be with and help my best friend and her family. The last couple of weeks I have tried to help with preparations for the funeral something I never done before. I have only ever been to two funerals both for close family, never for a friend. There is so much that needs to be arranged many things I had not thought about. I hope that in my own small way I did make things a little easier.
On the day of the funeral the sun shined, there were tears and smiles. This was a day of celebration of a friend who had made an impression on many lives. I don’t believe in religion, I don’t believe in heaven in the traditional scene. But I like to think that there is something after we depart this planet, I don’t know what that’s for far clever people to discuss and work out. All I know is my friend is at peace, a friends that was loved by her family and friends and is greatly missed by all.
I said I didn’t have a lot to write about this week….. I lied.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: “Travelman 24 Hours in….”, (Season 2, eps 1 to 4) , ”The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 19, eps 1) , “Raised By Wolves”, (Season 2, eps 1 & 5) , “The X Files”, (Season 10, eps 1 to 3) , “Girls”, (Season 1, eps 1 to 10 & Season 2, eps 1) , “Scream Queens”, (Season 1, eps 1 to 3) .
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (26/03/16 & 01/04/16) “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (30/03/16) ”, “LBC Mystery Hour”, (24/03/16) , “The Queer Life (KBBF Radio): eps 80”, (01/04/16) , “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO, (22 to 25 & 29 to 31/03/16)(Highlights) ”, “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Whole show)”, (28/03/16) , “Radio X: Best of British Top 100”, (28/03/16) , “Morrissey”, “David Bowie”, “The Killers”, “Manic Street Preachers”, “The Artic Monkeys”.
Reading: “The Hitchhickers Guide To the Galaxy: Mostly Harmless”, by Douglas Adams, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.