One of the great things which has happened since I started my blog (and don’t jump to any conclusions about Hollywood Directors) is that it has brought me into contact with old friends. You may have read that an old pal, Harry McIntosh, whom I have only seen two or three times in 25 years saw my blog and made contact which was great. Similarly, some of my ex-colleagues from BT and IBM have seen it and have made contact, the latest of whom was Vanessa whom I’ve not seen for a couple of years. Let me tell you about Vanessa – a wonderful girl, with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint!
I vaguely knew Vanessa in BT. She was the girl to whom I would go if I needed to know how to get the phone, fax, photocopier, coffee machine to work. You see, I’d given up having a secretary after the last one had threatened to set her English rugby-playing brother on me after a night out (long story) and I had decided that another salesman would benefit us all more in the long run, so, as a result, Vanessa, who worked in another section entirely, became our girl Friday.
Almost simultaneously, the authorities decided that I should have a year’s sabbatical from the rigours of the daily drive into central
I approached Vanessa, who, as usual cowered, wondering what obscure request I had for her that day, and I enquired if she really did live in Langley and would she be interested in driving into the office with me. As it turned out, Vanessa was as fed up with public transport as I was and as I had a parking slot directly outside the office, it sounded like a marriage made in heaven. The logistics and the contribution I would make were agreed (a bee Vanessa will have in her bonnet for years!) and the following morning a car pulled up at the designated meeting spot and off we went.
The first part of the journey into
Anyway, we got to Kensington and were just about to turn onto the main road when a Post Office van swerved in front of us and a mail sack fell out of the back door. Although only about 7am I was still alert enough to dash out, grab the bag, throw it into the back of Vanessa’s car and scream, ‘Follow that car’. Vanessa drove off after the rapidly disappearing red van like a pensioner doing their driving test but after a few encouraging expletives, we eventually caught him and handed the sack back to a very relieved and thankful driver. We got to the office without any further incident but later that morning when I went to ask Vanessa how you loaded staples into a stapler I was told she was down in the first aid area lying in a darkened room and trembling. That was the first morning's drive in – she only had 4 years to go!