Having had a comment come back from Bad Man, I decided to give him a ping to say hello. Well strike me down with a bloated badger if the phone did not ring but five seconds later, and it was Golfy on the line. At first I thought this might be one of those amazing coincidences, but it wasn't; Golfy was sitting next to Bad Man and they thought it would be funny to ring me up. Apparently they are together planning the local Gay Mardi Gras or something. Anyhow, it was great to hear from them and good to find out what has been happening in their lives and to pour some sunshine into their otherwise dismal existences* by telling them all about my 'van. Apparently they need neither lucky heather nor their palms reading, so I was politely informed to do one.
On other news, it seems that the challenge of finding suitable troopers to assist with their work is as acute in their bit of the business as it is in mine. I am not sure whether that brings consolation exactly, but the devil in me is sort of happy that they are suffering as much as me. I am not proud of that, and in fact will be retracting is with a statement to the House early next week, and anyway it was not me but my unpaid adviser** friend***.
All is left for me to do is to wish you all a fantastic weekend, and see you next week.
* This scientific analysis is yet to be peer reviewed, so may not be universally accepted.
** I know you folks like a good fact as much as I do, so I just wanted to report that I was not sure whether this should be "advisor" or "adviser". The general consensus on Google seems to be that either spelling is correct, with some suggesting a UK/US divide, but most concluding that not to be the case. One further bit of info; if you are a chap who likes to know what other chaps are doing, then on the web at least, Google returns four times as many incidences of "advisor" as "adviser", so if you like to buck the trend, spell it with "-er".
*** I say friend only in as much as my wife has yet to talk to the press to say that she is standing by me, so I am pretty sure it is "friend" and not "leather buddy".