49 Days In 1988: Week 29 – Wrong Signals

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London – August 2nd, 1988

Oh dear! I’ve got myself into a strange situation at work. It looks as if a work colleague by the name of Julie has fallen for me. I’m not really sure whether she knows I’m gay, but we talked quite at length tonight at the after sales party where she told me she is splitting up from a longterm relationship.

She may have just picked me to dump her problems on, but I got myself heavily involved in her problems and ended up asking her out one evening next week after work so we can talk more about her problems. I thought it would cheer her up a little in not feeling neglected. Of course, she could see me as a great help in getting over these problems, and I’d like to think that was the case, but it was the way she looked at me and ran her hands up and down the inside of my thigh that made me think she was looking for more than sympathy. It was such an awkward situation.

My goodness, this is going to be a tough one to sort out. Do I tell her that I am gay and face the prospect of making her world even more unhappy, or should I say nothing and keep my fingers crossed that she does know I am gay and that I’m not the rebound she may be seeking? 

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll 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.

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Blogger and writer Donna Connolly

This week, my guest is blogger Donna Connolly from Retirement Reflections. Donna has previously taken a trip on our Time Machine and guest hosted here.

This summer, Donna celebrated her third anniversary of retirement. Prior to retirement, she lived and worked in Beijing, China for fourteen years as a Middle School Principal then Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, Donna and her husband retired to Vancouver Island. To document this transition, the blog ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. Along with her reflections on retirement, Donna’s blog covers topics of Trying New Things, Home Exchanging, Hiking the Camino Trail…to name just a few. Her favourite part of blogging is the interaction with others.

You can connect with Donna in the comment section at the end of this post, or via the following social media sites. She would love to hear from you –




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When I initially asked selected readers to send in a song title from the 1980’s, plus any date of their choosing, Donna immediately emailed me back, “Song: George Harrison’s 1987 cover ‘I’ve Got My Mind Set On You.’ Date: August 2.”

This song was originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. Harrison’s cover currently stands as the last number one hit of any of the Beatles. Harrison released two music video versions of this song. The second version received significant airplay and was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards.

For a bit of extra trivia, a parody of this cover was recorded by Weird Al Yankovich on his 1988 ‘Even Worse’ album.

For Donna, there is a deep connection between the song and the date that she suggested. In late 1987, Donna discovered that she was expecting her first child…only to be told by doctors that they believed she would lose this baby. Harrison’s cover became her theme song. Her son was born, without complications, on August 2, 1988. Happy Birthday, Creighton!

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Donna with her son Creighton

For the past six weeks, Donna has been on a summer blogging break. I am pleased that she has planned to end her break with the release of this post. Welcome back, Donna!

Back in early August 1988, it looked as if Julie very much had her mind set on me. Do you have a favourite song that has a connection to unwanted attention? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, an unexpected offer of help, after a few very traumatic days, comes to the rescue. Click here to find out what it was.

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