49 Days In 1988: Week 3: Sun, Sea, Sand And…

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Gran Canaria – January 25th, 1988

I can’t believe we’re already into our second week of this holiday. I can’t believe how much fun I’ve been having, and I can’t believe what I did this evening.

This morning, I was woken by some ‘banging’ on the door. At first, I had no idea where I was. Then, somebody stirred next to me, and the sound of somebody’s voice from the other side of the door told me that I was in a hotel, rather than the holiday complex we’re staying at.

Wilfred (from West Germany) didn’t want to go to the beach with his friends. He said he’d see them later. He had other plans for our day. However, he’s getting somewhat clingy, and although I’ve told him I’m here for the sun, sea, sand and sangria, he’s not taking much notice of me. I kind of spoilt the moment when he piggybacked me into the sea, and I started to scream like a five-year-old girl! Being a non-swimmer, the sea terrifies me. Still, the promise of a ‘ninety-nine’ calmed me down.

Why on earth did I arrange to meet up with Wilfred this evening? And why on earth did I allow the new arrival at the complex, Harry, stop me from going? And why am I feeling that I don’t want the holiday to ever end, yet I’m also feeling the urge to get back home quickly?

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Welcome to this new feature on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I will be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Vashti Quiroz-Vega. Like all my guests, Vashti was asked to choose a random date and chose the 25th January. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Vashti.

Vashti published her second book, The Fall Of Lilith, in August 2017.

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The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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I was the lucky reader who recently won a copy of the book along with a copy of her first book, The Basement. Both books now take pride of place on my bookshelf.

Click here to visit Vashti’s Amazon Author page.

After meeting Vashti at a weekly haiku challenge, I’ve been following her blog and reading her beautiful haikus for some years. I no longer write haikus as I find them very difficult to write, but Vashti not only writes them every week but always includes some beautiful insight into what she’s written, as well as include some fantastic imagery to her posts.

Vashti’s song choice from the 1980s is Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses.

Released in 1988, the song became the band’s first and only number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. It was chosen by a number of my other guests, but Vashti pipped them all to the post.

I’ve always found ‘rock n’ roll’ music to be quite dark and moody. That’s exactly how we’re going to see Wilfred when we bump into him again next week. Do you have a favourite song that you find dark and moody? Share a link to it in the comments. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Vashti.

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Author, writer and blogger, Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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Thank you to Vashti for being my third guest on this new feature for 2018. I look forward to welcoming my next guest next week.

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    1. There’s a link to the next post (week 4) at the bottom of the post, Eric. Hopefully, I’ve added a link to each of the posts. If you discover anywhere I’ve left a link off, let me know. Hopefully, I’ve not forgotten any.

  1. Ahhh…so it was Vashti who pipped me to the post with Sweet Child ‘O’ mine! It’s special to me not only because I think it’s such a great song, but it came out the year my middle boy was born and for his twenty-first I made a slideshow with a segment of photos of him as a boy growing up to it. And to think he’ll be 30 this year…yikes!!!!! I’m loving your series Hugh, so glad I’m finally getting the chance to read it. I feel like I’m bingeing on a Netflix show and it’s wonderful! Great to know you’re a fan of 99’s too…as for the rest, well, I can’t wait to read more… 😀

    1. Can you imagine my life flashing pass over on Netflix, Sherri? What a thought. I’m sure the scriptwriters would have a field day. I wonder how many seasons the show would run for and if it would be as popular as ‘The Crown’ (love that show).

      Yes, Vashti beat you to the song choice. I was never a big fan of ‘heavy rock’ but this song is one I like very much. I was singing it for weeks after Vashti told me which song she had chosen (and my singing is terrible). 😀

    1. I was amazed by how some younger people don’t know what a ‘ninety-nine’ is, Brigid. Last year, while in Devon on holiday, a young lady behind the counter of an ice-cream shop, had no idea what they were. She told us that we’d had to go to the shop that sold ‘Mr Whippey’ ice-cream because that was the only place that sold them. Yet, amongst the cornets and ice-cream tubs, there was a box of flakes on the counter in front of her. 🙄

  2. Back in the 80’s, I woke up not knowing where I was on more than one occasion! Luckily, my ‘naughty’ phase didn’t get me into too much trouble!
    I love that Guns and Roses song chosen by Vashti. My dark and moody choice is really gutsy and powerful!

    1. I’m glad it wasn’t only me, Judy. 😀 I did it on a few occasions as well. Reading this entry from my diary brought back some funny memories, some of which will be revealed later on in this series.
      Can I tempt you to write a guest post about one of those mornings you woke up and didn’t know where you were?
      Thanks so much for your song choice. I loved it!

    2. Hi Judy! Thank you! I love your choice too! I could never hold my liquor, so I didn’t drink much. But I do remember on a few occasions puking my arse off! Ha, ha!

  3. I am enjoying these snippets from your diary, Hugh. It was great to meet Vashti here, and to listen to her musical choice from the 80s. What a great blogging idea!

  4. Love this eclectic series Hugh. So now it’s Wilfred we have to figure out. And how good does this get that we get Vashti here today! Great visiting you both. ❤ ❤ Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Debby. Wilfred will only feature one more time in this series. I’d forgotten all about him until I read my diary. I wasn’t a very nice person to him (as you’ll discover in next week’s entry). 😈
      It was lovely to have Vashti as my guest this week. She chose a great song.

  5. Hi Hugh,
    I’m loving this adventure. What blows my mind is you actually had the forethought back at that age to write every day. Was this something learned or something emotional? I started a journal in 1982, but I was never faithful and there are huge gaps in time periods of writing. To go back and read some of the entries can be difficult at times. Thank you for sharing this personal journey. The downside, we are going to know you in ways you haven’t revealed before. I mean this as a positive reflection. Just as we did last year, we will anticipate your post each week. WOW!

    1. Hi Chuck,

      I think it was the writer inside of me wanting to get out. Being dyslexic, this seemed to be the perfect way for me to write without anyone seeing my mistakes. Of course, I’ve correct the errors for this series, but it was the only way for me to let out what I really wanted to do.

      I won’t say that during these days I was an angel – in fact, quite the opposite (and as you’ll all read), but I was having a whole lot of fun at the same time. 😀 These were incredible days of my life, and reliving the memories are now causing me to dream about these times when I’m asleep. Last night, I had a vivid dream about the day I left to go and live in London. When I woke up, I even had those feelings from that day inside of me. Strong stuff, wouldn’t you say?

    1. I’d never heard of Von Grey before, Carol. What a lovely song, and a lovely setting for the video. Some quite eye-popping moments, but the song is one I really enjoyed listening too.
      Dust-off those diaries and maybe share some thoughts with us? 😀

  6. Yes, I agree with others, your writing skills back then were on-point! Kudos to keeping up then with the journaling. I wished I had continued mine from when I started in 1979 (through the eyes of a naive, love-sick college girl). I still have them and often look back on my writing style, which has matured but stayed somewhat the same. Seems your writing style is consistent from then, Hugh. Brilliant feature and so creative!

    1. It does make you think if we’re born with these kinds of writing genes, Terri. I’ve seen how my writing (and those of many others) have changed over the years I’ve been following their blogs. Your post from early 2015 about New Year’s Resolutions, that I read today, was proof of that. There was something different about it compared to how you write today. I think it’s the development in all of us and just goes to proves that practice makes perfect. Maybe too hard to explain here, but if we were in a coffee shop having a coffee (tea for me) I’m sure I’d be able to explain it better. 😀

      1. I totally get what you mean, Hugh! I’m more of a journalist, so my style doesn’t vary too much, but I know my writing has improved a LOT while blogging and reading. Hopefully that coffee date will come true one of these days, Hugh!

  7. Still loving your feature, Hugh. Even in your diary back then, you kept the “future reader” in suspense! Many dark and moody songs existed in the eighties, the era of new wave. I’d be hard pressed to find a favorite. 🙂

  8. This is all very interesting Hugh! Woo and didn’t Vashti pick a brilliant song definitely a great one from way back then!
    Well this may not be quite rock but this is dark and moody at its best and it’s from Jan 1998
    Bitter Sweet Symphony by Verve.

    1. Oh, I do like your choice of song, Willow. It almost featured in my music feature from last year. I love the mixture of the orchestra with the theme of the song. It’s a brilliant mix.
      Yes, a great song choice from Vashti. A number of my guests picked the same song, but she was in first with it.

      1. Yes a song and video of its time. Young Manchester lads asserting their worth! The music mix , using the string orchestra was a first in this genre and at the time epic . … As for Guns and Roses absolutely love them 🌹💜

  9. The only time I woke up and didn’t know where I was was in college and I had been overserved. I was on a pool table on the third floor of the party venue. The place was locked up and everyone had gone home. What a feeling. Never happened again.Congratulations to Vashti. The Fall of Lillith is an excellent book.

  10. I’m loving this feature, Hugh! It does evoke many questions for me. Did you write in your diary every single day in 1988? Are there some fabulous entries that you wanted to post but no one chose that date?

    1. Thanks, Donna. Yes, I wrote every day in the diaries of both 1988 and 1989. I’ve not come across a diary for before or after, but I think these were the only two years that I was keeping a daily diary. The story may become hard to follow, especially when there are large gaps between the dates people have chosen, but I’ve kept back four weeks with no guests so that I can add in an entry if the gaps get too large. 😀

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