Thursday, 11 October 2007
Phrase of the Day (ta-daaa)
ето ёжу ясно
eto yozhu yasno
It is obvious, "it is clear to a hedgehog".
Sleep (hours per day) so far this week...
Sunday : 0
I'm surprised I can still function at all. I should be wandering round the office looking like the Return of the Mummy, only with a rictus grin and an apple-green silk tie.
Oh well. I have raised an Issue, resolved several Issues, produced a Schedule and Escalated twice (resulting a We Hear You meeting for Admin, and a Mild Bollocking for an uppity Team Leader), not bad for week one.
On the other hand I have not written any Reports for the Progress Meeting tomorrow. I have nothing to report. And, a Project Manager, I have made no Gantt Charts. I am relying on boyish charm and obfuscation to carry me through, but it won't work next week.
Tuesday 02:15, on the doorstep of the B&B for some fresh air and a cigarette.
With me is a woman in her mid-fifties, who was married for sixteen years before her husband died. She had two sons by him. She married again, had a daughter, Dana, and divorced after a year.
Her elder son committed suicide age 21 when his girlfriend left him.
Her parents left her their house, which she sold for £110,000.
Dana used to be a silver service waitress, but now age 29 she is on sickness benefit and has left her boyfriend of six years and her daughter for a girlfriend, Marie.
Dana and Marie have the double room, Mum has the single, £220 for the night.
Marie wants some of her £110,000 to start a business buying cars from scrap yards and rebuilding them. Some times she is a good girl, but she can be very nasty.
They were staying in a B&B in Hastings, but Dana and Marie trashed their room and the police told them to leave Sussex or be arrested.
So they have come to Croydon, are going to Wandsworth tomorrow, and Mum is tired of seeing her money drain away and wants to be rid of Dana and Marie, but can't because her daughter depends on her.
I felt very sorry for her. All she wanted was to live alone in a little house in the country with a Yorkshire terrier. But I had the feeling that she was going to lose.