Gareth mentioned on Thursday that Sias hasn’t responded to whether he’s attending our Thursday meeting. Sias in fact, did attend the meeting, as we discovered on his arrival. I must confess, I used to get really frustrated with Sias, as he thinks communication is completely unnecessary. I’ve now come to terms with this. I’ve learned to accept Sias the way he is. This is mainly because I’ve learned that as annoying as Sias’ poor communication is, it’s far more amusing than annoying now. It’s got to that point. In addition, if I really have a fragile moment, I just recall to myself the other sports reporters we’ve been through over the years. One of my favourite sports reports years ago, was on a Monday afternoon, “Retief Goosen is leading the US PGA.” Yes, Goosen was leading the PGA. That was on saturday night. The US PGA had been won already by somebody else, by that Monday morning. And another one of my favourites, tennis player Richard Gasquet, pronounced “Gasket”. Classic stuff.
There was high drama yesterday, as Leigh-Ann’s dog Joey (Miniature Pincher) ran away from home. Maybe this particular breed of dog is allergic to alcohol fumes. Leigh-Ann had to excuse herself from our meeting, and go off searching for Joey. By this morning, at six o’clock, Joey was still nowhere to be found. To all our relief, at about 07H35, Leigh-Ann got the call, Joey had been handed in to a vet, by one of her neighbours, two streets away. Throughout all this drama, I feel that something positive may have come out of all of this. I think the relationship between Leigh-Ann and myself may have thawed slightly, and we’re closer than ever before. A whatssapp message, “Leigh-Ann, did you retrieve Joey?” goes a long way. Before my whattsapp message at about 14h24, the rest of the team never messaged anything. Then suddenly after my message, they came out of the woodwork, showing an interest. I was first. By Monday, I suspect Leigh-Ann’s dog-loss trauma would have subsided, and the ice will solidify again, but “We’ll always have Friday”. The Friday that will never happen again.
Executive Producer Thabo Modisane is back on the road, running again, he did about six kilometres yesterday. Why is Thabo back in training? I’ve been mentioning to Thabo this week, that I’ve been running quite a lot. So far this week, I’ve run eight kilometres, four times, that’s Monday to Thursday. This is what a team is all about. Thabo can see that I’m looking stronger and fitter, and I’ve inspired him. He might not admit it, all managers are like that, they don’t always like to give credit, when credit is due. Running and exercise in general, besides just being generally healthy, also has an amazing effect on brain chemicals/ hormones. At this time of the year, there is extreme stress with management. This is the build-up to contract renewal. You feel like you’re Jodi Foster, about to be put on the pin-ball machine. By the time management deal with our contracts, I’m hoping, the way things are going, they will face a Thabo Modisane and Damon Kalvari that can handle any scenario.