Well firstly a thank you to all of those of you who are following me into 2016, its going to be an epic year.
For those of you who know me from the real world where I was a half sensible engineer and actually had a real job, I would like to share the oddest compliment that I received today. I had an issue with my post mix machine air locking on one line which I called into tech services before receiving the obligatory call back. The thing with Coke is that they have to have a go with a desk engineer first before you get a guy out.
In this case ‘Sarah’ called me and talked me through priming the system, although I had already done this I followed the steps again as requested. After ten minutes Sarah called me back and I asked why the system should have randomly developed an air lock “oh sometimes it just happens” was the eloquent and experienced answer, God bless you Sarah the desktop engineer. Since the issues was now resolved, in the short term, I thanked Sarah and she congratulated me with “well done you for fixing that”. Yes, genuinely, the Coke ‘engineer’ congratulated me on priming a syrup line!
If your children ever ask what the saying ‘how the mighty have fallen means’ you now have an example. I was actually too ashamed to take the praise and put the phone down in mumbled thanks. I really have fallen so far from heavy engineering that to solve an air lock is worthy of praise. Before you look away to the other screen and study an important Catia model or some design calculations let me share with you one other thing. A guy came into the bar on New Years day who had been sent here by my very good friend Andy Brod to see how I was doing.
I didn’t get a lot of time with this fella (sorry Andy I didn’t get a name) but I did manage to give him the public tour. Once again I was met with incredulity at just how big my little pub is, she really isn’t that small, which weighs heavily on my shoulders whenever I hear the words. The important thing though is the message that I gave my visitor before he left, I told him to tell Andy that it was the best decision that I ever made after all I have the best job in the world.
For all the hard work, long hours and silliness I love this old pub and I love being here. On New Years eve I had the opportunity to walk along the sea front for the first time in months and it instantly reminded me of the amazing beauty of the place that I call home.
In other news I was rather disturbed when a customer picked up on my arthritis the other day, it does make one feel rather old all of a sudden. The indicator that this person had picked up on was that I don’t present a flat hand, my relaxed position is with a curve to my fingers. I do constantly exercise and push my hands flat to maintain what flexibility I have (post accident) but I guess tiredness lends itself to the lazy path.
Both wrists are complaining bitterly about the Winter but I am taking as much notice of them as you would expect. The one that I cannot so readily ignore is my shoulder since I continue to lie on it during the night in some sort of odd sub concious battle. Every morning, without fail, I wake up and say “ouch” before commencing the battle to get this joint back into functioning use. You would have though that by no I would have overcome the strange stubbornness that makes me sleep on this side but no I still do it.