49 Days In 1988: Week 31 – First Night

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London – August 23rd, 1988

Thank goodness the first night of my new part-time job is over. I was so nervous. In fact, for most of the day (and most of last night), I could think of nothing else but my first night and what could possibly go wrong. However, the evening went well. I was so grateful when Simon called in to see how I was doing. He even helped me out.

The biggest factor about this new part-time job was the people it might bring me into contact with. Faces I’ve seen many times, yet never had the nerve to go and say hello to. Put me behind a counter, and my insecurity of meeting new people seems to fly out of the window. What had stopped me from speaking to these people before? Something to think about. 

There were some interesting new people amongst those that I got to talk with this evening. I felt as if this job was opening up a new door for me, yet I still hesitated to walk through it. I wonder what I was scared about? I guess it was the unknown?

People may seem nice from the outside, but what lurks under the shell of their bodies? Maybe the recent incident regarding the theft of my bank card and chequebook has made me more untrusting of new people? I guess it can’t be helped, but the question is how far should I let it take me? Just think of all those opportunities I could be missing.

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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.

This week my guest is the writer and blogger, Terri Webster-Schrandt. I’ve been following Terri’s blog since my early days of blogging. Something Terri has recently done is to bring back ‘Sunday Stills‘, a photography challenge that was one of the first photography challenges I participated in, and which got me hooked on taking photos. It’s open to anyone interested in photography and takes on a new theme every week. Click here to join this week’s challenge.

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Photographer, writer and blogger Terri Webster Schrandt

Terri lives in Northern California where her summer weekends are spent in the Sacramento delta windsurfing and stand-up paddling (SUP) with her husband. As well as a blogger, she is a leisure educator, self-published author, and retired recreation and parks practitioner.

In July 2016, Terri published her first book – Better Blogging With Photography. This book is not only a must read for every blogger, but a book that got me thinking about some of the ‘so-called’ free images I had inserted on blog posts. I wasn’t entirely sure that all the images I had used were free to use. As a result of reading Better Blogging With Photography, I spent a weekend deleting all those images from blog posts that may otherwise have me infringing on copyright law. Thanks for the ‘get out of jail’ card, Terri.

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Terri’s song choice is These Dreams by Heart.

Released in 1986, These Dreams was the band’s first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. The song’s lyrics describe a woman who is within a world of fantasy everytime she falls asleep; a world where she can escape the pain. Although the song only reached number 62 on the UK charts, a re-release in 1988 got it to the number eight position. Thank you for a beautiful song choice, Terri.

There was no fantasy in my life during August 1988, just hesitation to go into the unknown. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to fantasy or the unknown? Share a link to it in the comments.

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