15th July 2016
Good evening everyone,
I need start by saying a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped me out today, I feel humbled by your support, you have even made me cry a few times because of your generosity. For those who do not use Facebook or Twitter (those of you who do, sorry for repeating this), I woke in the early hours in darkness, there is always a small LED on in the trailer, this shows I have power and that the scooter is charging. As I was plugged in in the pub it was either a case of a power cut, a trip had thrown (I checked mine) or I had been unplugged, it was the latter, when I stirred at 0800hrs this morning the cable and the plug was lying in the middle of the car park and the scooter, phone and tablet were not fully charged! A bad start to say the least...
I packed up worked out how far I could safely get, I had enough to get back to Hook and a little bit left over. I packed up, just like every morning that I move with the trailer, go through the checks, yes everything stowed, cats in, move off, stop check I have everything from underneath (cats toys) the trailer. I headed off, the track and road were rough in places so I was careful, not careful enough, I hit a sharp drop/pothole as I left the Cricketers but everything seemed fine and I carried on. As I crossed the main A road on the way to Fleet there was the usual sound of Missy in the litter tray, then there was a clunk, normally the sound of her tipping it, I stopped and opened up to check, litter tray fine laptop cradle empty! Panic! Searched trailer, nothing, PANIC!
I doubled back and all sorts of scenarios going through my mind, has it been pinched? Did I leave it in the pub? All of this whilst wishing the scooter would do 80mph instead of 8mph! To be honest I suspected what had happened, and as I reached the entrance track to the Cricketers it was lying at the edge of the road, battery separated and a big dusty tyre print on what was the underneath. I picked it up, the screen was mangled and thw battery wouldn't go back in.
Most of you know I suffer from stress and depression and something like this happening made me feel sick, annoyed (with myself) and panicky, technology for us all is a big part of our everyday lives, for me a laptop is a workhorse, processing photos, programming the website to display them, sending the images to the Imperial War Museum, planning where I have go using electronic maps etc. It is also the best way for me to write things like this, I could use the tablet or phone but typing something this long would take too long with my big fat fingers! The laptop is also my entertainment system whether to play a game or watch a TV program/DVD, those again I would struggle to do on another device.
Without technology, whether it be the laptop, DSLR camera, tablet (displys my map as I travel) or GPS (used to record the precise location of a memorial and where I have been) I would struggle to continue with the trip and the fundraising, I can't just bimble about having a jolly...
I have struggled to keep up with messages coming in from different people in groups I belong to on Facebook, I will try and like/answer everyone. Again A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL, also thank you Neil "Chuck" Berryman for setting up the fund, I wouldn't have done it...
Before I forget, I've had some people offer me their laptops, thank you as well, everything is gratefully and humbly appreciated.
crying again, sorry.