These weeks keep on blitzing past and the path to my project seems to be even more rocky. It is hard to stay motivated and on it when there seems to be so many hurdles in the way.
I have not yet met anyone that doesn’t think the whole thing is a real goer and yet I can’t seem to get to meet the corporate men who hold all the purse strings that would be willing to back it. Still, I will not let it lie and I am determined to keep plugging away until someone eventually says yes and gets as enthusiastic as I am about it!
I now have much of the collateral I need to present to the potential sponsors and an advert that could be placed to see what the response would be so we are good to go in that regard. Lets keep fingers crossed to see what turns up next, you know what they say….all good things comes to those that wait!
Last weekend saw a few of us heading over to Gran Canaria for a few days respite in the sun. The purpose was to mourn the passing of singledom to a dear friend and that meant some celebratory british drinking. Now, those of you who have never visited this Canary Isle will not know that it has quite a rep for homosexuality. Not a problem generally and not a problem now other than the fact that several of our party were heterosexual and single and hoping for a spot of fun!
We arrived on time late Saturday afternoon and proceeded to head to the beach area to grab some food and a few drinks. We treated ourselves to a very very grand meal with Tom (one of the smaller members of our party) ordering a T-Bone steak that was every bit as big as him! The food was delicious even if we had to immediately top up the kitty we had just contributed to. The next stop after a tremendous walk (“I know this area and I know a shortcut, follow me”) was a bar with a guitarist/singer playing live. Now this poor fella was on a hiding to nothing given that we had in our party of 9 at least 5 members of various rock bands! This Spaniard was doing his level best but lets face it, he was dreadful and his classic slurred mix of spanish/english, blending like rock and jelly with his heavily over distorted guitar sound made for a very humorous evening! We headed for bed a little worse for wear but happy.
Next morning the guys went straight for the jacuzzi and surprisingly, mint absinthe! Now, anyone ever had that stuff neat? Well, my throat only just survived. We headed across the road for some well earned breakfast and then onto the “Jumbo Centre” to hunt out the “Glory Hole” bar. Luckily it was closed so we decided on a three hour marathon of crazy golf culminating in an easy win for yours truly with a devastating score of 50 for 17 holes! A truly amazing feat all told given the abuse and heckling being received as we slowly became more and more sun burned!
After more beers/rum/shots etc we decided to return to base and prepare for an epic evening. We went and grabbed some food at a livelier area on the front before being harangued by the Best Man to visit the “criminal area”. Off we set in taxi’s and arrived to a fantastic and tumultuous welcome from the 400 touts waiting for our business. Man those guys hassle hard! We decided to form a tactical defensive wedge and ran the gauntlet of abuse like “You Germans” and headed to Molly Malones, a haven of no hassle and 2 for 1 pints! Unbeknown to us, it was also a karaoke bar. Our night was complete. We trundled home, minus several members who had either bailed already or who were headed off for seemingly more debauched times. We arrived back at our base and decided to chat in a room and drink the vodka and rum we had purchased earlier. Needless to say the night of debauchery had by our two colleagues resulted in legging it from heavies in a rip-off bar which promised much but only delivered mini bottles of champers for £50!!
Our final full day was mostly spent strolling for 5 miles along the beach looking at the wonderful sights thrown our way by nudist beaches and the gay centre of the island. What was perhaps more interesting was that within only a few minutes, our party had become quite sanitised to the visuals and continued unbroken with our conversations even though we were seeing things we generally have never seen in our lives on this scale!
The evening past gently into night and more food and more beer and we headed contently to our beds knowing we had had a thoroughly brilliant time full of laughter and camaraderie that only guys away can seem to manage!!