Highs and Lows  

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
3484 posts
4/1/2006 5:48 am

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4/3/2006 3:14 pm

Highs and Lows

Yesterday was quite a day.

I got to work at 7am and was plunged rapidly into the kind of chaotic maelstrom that has pretty much characterised the last few weeks. As the project I’ve been working on has neared fruition, the pressures have mounted and I’ve been pulled in so many directions and been in demand in so many places that I’ve been leaving work at night feeling like I’ve run a marathon.

I really should have strapped a pedometer to my hip one of those days *.

All the more reason that I was glad to have had such a good time in Bristol last weekend. Goodness only knows how stressed I would have been without that chance to relax. Thanks, H

One of the casualties of the workload has been the simple pleasure of eating. I’ve always had the best of intentions but my mealtimes have been, at best, erratic and lunchtimes especially. Douglas Adams may have had a slightly different meaning in mind when he wrote that “time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so” but my lunchtimes have certainly been illusory!

Late yesterday morning, I started feeling decidedly edgy and I was aware I was being grumpy. Tired? Yes but … something else. It eventually dawned on me that I was hungry. No, not just hungry but absolutely ravenous. Lunch was not an option but a necessity! I tried to get to lunch, really I did. Unfortunately, every time I started off I got grabbed by someone who desperately needed me for a few minutes to do something which, in all fairness, was necessary if the project was not come to an abrupt halt. The worst moment was when I encountered the entire testing team on the way back from having their lunches and was casually informed by them that I was needed for some formal testing which simply had to be done in the next half hour! After finishing that I actually got across the car park before a phone call summoned me back.

At that point I just had to laugh ‒ and I felt much better for it too. Not as much better, though, as I felt when I was able to finally stuff a bag of chips into my mouth. I swear I all but inhaled them!

Just a couple of hours later, though, we had that sweet moment we’d all been working for over the last weeks and months: we went live with our new, £12m system. And it worked. Perfectly. Cue high-fives and smiles and laughter. We had a couple of nervous moments at the start but within a couple of hours it was ticking over so smoothly that it was almost dull! Nonetheless, the feeling of relief was enormous, the pride in what we’d managed to achieve despite all of the obstacles in our path tangible.

There’s still a lot to do over the next month but at least the pressure is off: we made it ‒ we delivered what we promised to deliver, on time and on budget.

The high didn’t last until bedtime though.

As the evening passed, the effects of alcohol on the population became more obvious and almost everyone who came into Accident & Emergency was there because of drinking. Seeing the 15 year old girl who’d managed to slice through her finger right down to the bone, severing the tendons and nerves, was an eye-opener … but not nearly as much as discovering that she’d done it while using a broken bottle to rip a jagged, four-inch scar across her best friend’s face. Hearing the guy with the broken hand boasting about how well he’d performed in the fight nearby, describing the battle in choreographic detail, wasn’t exactly uplifting either.

I gather this is pretty normal for a Friday night.

I eventually left work at 12.30am and had to walk through an abusive crowd of youths, some barely able to stand, whose very demeanour threatened violence. I’m not exactly slight of build but I admit that was nervous. It’s no wonder the female staff worry about travelling to and from the place.

I love my country … but there are times I wonder just what’s happening to it.


By the way, Racing, if you’ve read this far: you may be relieved to hear that I’m doing my laundry right now!

* Anyone want to contribute a strap-on joke?

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
4/1/2006 6:35 am

who knows why silly english guys feel the need to get drunk and violent,when the rest of Europe manages to drink,stay upright and still have fun

I'm a

i'm here to stay

Wackytits 54F

4/1/2006 6:48 am

Well done you. Hopefully you can relax a bit now and have more fun time, you deserve it. xx

P.S. You can borrow my strap-on if you wish. xx

helga_hansen 50F
1987 posts
4/1/2006 7:29 am

J, I think you need to plan a little weekend break. A nice country hotel, pool, steam room, arboretum, a gorgeous woman on your arm...


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

freetime648 53F

4/1/2006 10:41 am

A strap-on joke???? Did you think I would NOT have one????

What do you call a truck full of strap ons????

Toys for Twats!

I know, I just blew that wonderful, peaceful and innocent image you have had of me huh???

xx FREETIME648 xx

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
4/1/2006 11:34 am

Papy ... I've read one book about the English that claims to explain it. The author's theory seems quite reasonable but it's far too long-winded, complex and dull for me to go into here.

Wacky ... There's still a month of Plenty To Do before I should be able to really relax but at least some of the pressure is off now. That's got to be good for the health. And thanks for the proffered loan but it wouldn't be much good to me on my own!

Helga ... Sounds like a darn good idea. Any suggestions, gorgeous?

Free ... I'm surprised you only offered one!

racingcrazy67 50M

4/1/2006 11:42 pm

Q. Glad the project has gone so well so far! Well done!

Regarding the "English lout", this is something that I too find disturbing and rather depressing. I got held up in an attempted armed robbery a few months back by a group of four who cobbled me when I was at a cashpoint machine. The most disturbing thing though was that the main "mouthpiece" of England's finest was a woman.

The situation was one of the most stressful things I've ever encountered and I think hysteria must have been setting in as I came so close actually to asking her out to dinner at one point! I love a woman with sprit but this was ridiculous!

Hope the workload eases off soon and you can come back to play more in the tub! I have loads of innuendoes about short blokes and bollocks for you to keep you entertained!

Squeak soon.


GB_Cple 67M/56F  
3113 posts
4/3/2006 12:35 am

Delivered on time and in budget ,
well done

wish there was more IT folk like you ,

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
4/3/2006 3:14 pm

Racing ... You have my sympathy for that. I was mugged many years ago and I have no desire for it to happen again.

GB_Cple ... So do I, sir, so do I. I'd start in the hospital's IT department - but I must avoid that subject after so little sleep or I'm likely to go into auto-rant mode! Let's just say that I'm pleased to be part of the radiography department rather than the IT department

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