Picked up some new work - however, I’m being paid in food. Yes, I know…. A whole week of restaurant meals - with drinks, for free. I told you there was no actual cash about. Worked hard yesterday. Spent no money whatsoever again. Spent quite a lot of time thinking about the future and even looked at the possibility and costs of renting a flat if I have to sell this place. I was being practical.
In the afternoon someone I know REALLY let me down over something - totally wasted my time, serves me right for continually being nice to people and letting them walk all over me - a terrible habit I must get out of. After that, I was in a pretty grim mood - then one of my friends managed to drag me out for a drink at an art event. Pleasant enough evening, saw a few people I knew - had a conversation with the man who wrote the saxophone solo for the Hazel O’Conner track ‘Breaking Glass’ - his son has Downs but is an acclaimed artist and a really lovely chap - he has a show in a couple of weeks I’m going to. Had another conversation with a bloke who is always drunk but has just sold the jingle to a Whiskey commercial for more money than my house is worth, he was very drunk and suddenly he has a new girlfriend - I’ve met her before. Girls like that used to have a very particular name.
Came home and had a sulk and slept really badly.
I’d already arranged to work at home today - the weather is beautiful. Started early - the post came. A cable I’d bought for the computer speakers arrived, it didn’t fit. I’m OK with that - it was only 99p. I had 2 other letters. One from my bank berating me for bouncing a direct debit last week - the other was from the same bank - offering me a settlement on the PPI I paid on an old credit card.
I wasn’t really expecting anything - but it’s basically enough money to sort me out for 6 months. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I shouldn’t get too excited - it was my money, after all - and they technically stole it from me - and I really, really needed it. Once it arrives and I’ve paid the fees I can do some practical things like pay the Council tax and studio for a year - get out of my phone contract and do some emergency repairs to the house - I’ll be able to manage over the summer when it’s usually really quiet and get out and drum up some more work - and I’ll probably be able to have a decent nights sleep for the first time in… well… about a year.
I’ve just read that both Ron Moody and Christopher Lee have died. That’s intensely sad.