Mad as cheese

It looks like I’m back on track. Despite a busy schedule that constantly threatens to soak up all my time, I’ve managed to reach and beach the 60,000 word mark. I had been worried that there was a risk that I was falling behind. But whilst it is still tight, I’m confident that I’m going to get a first draft done by the end of the month.

Today I officially became a civilian instructor for the Sea Cadets. Many years ago at the tender age of fifteen I joined the Sea Cadets. I really enjoyed my time there, but getting a little too old and work commitments of first A-levels and then degree followed by a working career meant that I left in 1996 and until last year that was the end of my involvement. Last year I made contact again, and I’ve subsequently been interested in getting back involved. It’s quite a long process to go through all the interviews and screening processes to become involved again now that I am an adult, but I received my clean bill of certification saying I’m not a psycho axe murderer earlier this week, and tonight was the first night I went down there as a bona fide card-carrying civilian instructor in the SCC. Hopefully next week I’ll get issued my uniform, and they’ll find me things to do. Aparently I’m going to be handy for driving minibuses and towing trailers. I’m hoping they might let me teach engineering again.

Back in the day I was pretty handy at the engineering side of things. I managed to get the highest qualification the SCC offered in this area – Mechanical engineering class one. They do seem though to be well provided for with other people who can teach engineering, so I don’t want to tread on any toes. I think come the summer though there will be plenty of opertunities to help out using other old skills such as sailing, powerboating, orienteering and pulling. Pulling, by the way, is the navel term for rowing. It’s like the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race, except we use real heavy boats rather than those paper thin stick jobs that those wuss University students have.

I haven’t had much chance to play anymore on my Wii Cheerleading game, although I did manage to find a possible place to get my very own cheerleading outfit to slake the whinging that I did in an earlier post. It’s from a company called Cheerworld and the one I really like the look of is style UN011 in the colour of UN003. Maybe we’ll see what Father Christmas brings.