... This week is the big one ... imagine a team of honed athletes, at the peak of their physical fitness, prepared and poised for the final sprint to Friday's finish line.
Now turn away from that splendid view, wander out of your imaginary stadium, down a few back roads and into a very unappealing Public House. In the Tap Room of the aforementioned Hostelry you will find my team; propped up against a bar or snoozing in the aftermath of several hours of drinking. Christ! They are fucking useless.
With a few exceptions, there is absolutely no sense of ownership and very little leadership. It is a long hard slog to assemble the right words and numbers and the cats I have to herd are mangy, moth eaten and do not smell very attractive.
Basically; Friday is our deadline and there is still much to do.
The morning was very quiet, the afternoon was pretty busy and there was a moment of mild disappointment when I learnt that I had not been successful in my recent application. I was not overly surprised, as I was far more experienced than the individual they were seeking,* and I was told as much in the feedback I received.
I am not as disappointed as I thought I would have been and am sure that something else will come along at some point in the not too distant future.
Today's good news was that TP passed the first part of his Motorcycle A2 licence test; the off-road Module 1. It is now incredibly complicated to pass a bike test and basically this is the third of four hoops** that he needs to pass through before he can ride a large, but power restricted machine.
The evening saw the weekly visit to Dog Training where Whiffler was reasonable. For some strange reason he would not wait at the far end of the hall in preparation for a recall and simply wandered towards me as I retreated from him. He was obviously having an off day.
---* They are looking for an Apprentice Chippy to do a Master Carpenter's job. Everyone I have talked to, including the Hiring Manager, has said this, but they continue to seek a less skilled and experienced applicant.
** Step 1 is Compulsory Basic Training on a 125cc motorcycle, step 2 is the Motorcycle Theory Test, Step 3 is the off-road Module 1 test on a 500cc motorcycle and step 4 will be an on-road test on a similar bike.