There are some small pleasures of doing my job. In this case, it was the trip back from Ibiza.
We were anchor up at around 18:00 and underway and had opted for single crew watches. Oscar the mate, took the first two hours, I took the second two.
Bit of a coup if I am honest with you – my watch was the sunset watch – only equalled by the sunrise watch. Sometimes, if I am one real jammie git I get both but this was only a 6 or 7 hour punt so just the sunset watch. After the carnage of the preceeding 6 days, the sunset watch always makes it all worth while.
Single crew watches are the best too – no polite conversation, no talking shit, no chewing the fat – just me, my tunes and two great big steering wheels – oh and the sun setting behind me. Fucking Magic !!!!
The decks were clear and the tunes came on – a couple of perfect sunset songs to start with, not deliberately selected, just up at complete random.
London Grammar – Strong (if you know this song you will understand why it is a perfect sunset tune)
The Middle East – Blood
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
then after the sun was down, as if by magic
Maroon 5 – Moves like Jagger – just to liven things up a bit
It was the start of an epic two hour watch and let me tell you something – if I have to tolerate another 6 day slaughter to get 2 hours like that again, I will be at the front of the queue.
Moving on – The Great North Run emailled me the other day. They reckon that based on my results of the 10k I did a few weekends back, my half marathon time will be 1 hour 50 minutes and 58 seconds. I reckon thats a load of old bollocks if I am completely honest, because I am aiming for 1 hour 45 mintues. One of us is wrong, time will tell who.
So I need some suggestions – play list suggestions. It needs to be upbeat but not too heavy something like glad you came – the wanted, this modern love – bloc party, A-punk – Vampire weekend……..that sort of beat. I need 1 hour and 40 minutes of it. The last 5 minutes I intend to play Rihanna – with a promise that I wont remove my earbuds until I am across the line, those last five minutes will be my fastest section of the whole event so that I can get the sound of that moaning bitch out of my ears.
Get sending your suggestions without delay less than 2 months to go.