So this morning I saw in the free newspaper on the bus that Davey Jones had died and felt a little sad.
The news that the one quarter of The Monkees had passed away, at far too early an age, would, of course, have been sad on any day – but today I felt especially sad that I would have no one to chat to at work about it.
This is because my best friend on the project left on Wednesday – my sole bastion of sanity, who bravely held the doors of lunacy shut against the daily torrent of attack.
This has denied me the chance to bore them rigid for at least an hour or so today banging on about The Monkees and Davey (he was on Coronation Street once you know) Jones in particular
It’s true that these days I don’t socialise much with work colleagues – I find that after eight hours of staring at the blighters I need a break in the evening and/or weekend, but I would roughly break down the kind of people you meet through work into a few categories.
1) People you do everything in your power to avoid
2) People you deal with because you have to, but you watch your back to
3) People that you speak to in the car park, on the floor and pass the time of day with – ie workmates
4) Friends who you would want to keep in touch with when you finally get that dream job at Some Other Company Inc.
Of course it is possible for people in any of these categories to move back and forth between numbers from time to time, but the amount of people who fall into section four and remain there are probably very few.
Don’t get me wrong, some of my absolute best friends are Category Fours – BP who I’ve known for nearly 20 years now, Argent – who never ceases to amaze me, CC – the lovely, but ultimately flakey friend – and now (hopefully) CM.
So – in the light of the fact that I am only able to text CM, and Argent (and, it goes without saying, Herself) about Davey Jones I’m going to say the things I would have said here – some of which you would already know, but I doubt CM would (pop culture not her strong point)
Last Train To Clarksville is an underrated and great song
I’m A Believer was written by Neil Diamond you know
Davey Jones was once on Coronation Street (longest running Soap opera of the UK) in the 1960s
And of course, finally – keep in touch with your friends.