Scary Fairy arrived safely on Thursday morning. Vickums borrowed Pinkie’s SUV and we hied off to Gatwick to collect her and her two immense suitcases. (She’s only staying two weeks. I had two suitcases for six months.) The Irish Lad was also enroute to Gatwick to pick up relatives from Dublin who were coming for the Arrival Do for Mary on the Last Bank Holiday Weekend After Jeano Stayed. Thanks to mobile technology, we were in constant communication all the way, and agreed to meet up for coffee at the Arrivals Hall. Amazingly, amidst the 68,000 Arabs simultaneously deplaning from Jihad Airways flights, we all met up, with cries of "Terry!", "Vickie!", "Mary!", "Jeano!", "Goth Relatives from Dublin!".
We were introduced by Ter (ry) to Gav, Ger, and Taz (apparently it’s illegal in Ireland to have more than three letters in your first name) and were quite ready to sit down for a long natter over coffee. The Irish Lad had other plans, however, and said, "Well, we’re off then", leaving us caffeine-deprived. (When called on this shocking behaviour later, in the Grotto, Ter(ry) did promise to stand us all for lattes at Starbucks the next morning; As if..)
We arrived at mine, and I made coffee (Note to Ter(ry) – Na! Na!) . Mary started unpacking the huge suitcase (it resembled a Volkswagon Golf) and honesty compels me to admit that all of the crap in it was stuff I asked her to get me. And, of course, as Mary is American, she had brought lots of thoughtful gifts for my mates. Oh…and the alcohol, which she had somehow managed to get on the plane and which she tried to flog for 10 quid a bottle at the Grotto Thursday night.
In order to adjust to the time difference, Mary valiantly stayed awake all day. It might have just been excitement about going to Live Music that night and seeing Leechy again. More on Mary’s love life later. We had a relaxing afternoon strolling the High Street and went home to primp for our evening at the Grotto. After several outfit changes (I mean Scary Fairy. Robbie Lee wasn’t playing; I just wore my favorite ratty jeans). We went up early to dine on Thai Food and whilst eating, I just had to break the terrible news to Mary. And to you, my faithful readers. Leechy is getting married. To Shirley! And since Shirley is banned from the Grotto, (a tiny incident involving a glass thrown at a certain bartender) Leechy doesn’t pop in any more. Alas, there was little chance Mary would have an opportunity to change Darling David’s mind.
Paul Stroble played brilliantly, as always. And he managed not to sing "Sweet Home F*cking Alabama", despite numerous requests from the habitual piss-takers. Mary seemed to have a nice time, and appeared to recover somewhat from the distressing news about Leechy. In fact, she and Ter(ry) generated quite a bit of shock and probably gossip, as they walked home down Monument Hill at closing HOLDING HANDS.