27 October 2011

The recruits look younger every year...

Danger, Sherlock and Mycroft came down to have lunch with me again today (with every hope of avoiding any criminals with outstanding warrants this time).

It wasn't just me who wanted to see them, though...my Superintendent (yes, the one Sherlock has custody battles over me with) also wanted to see them all, after their heroic efforts to help a police officer in the line of duty...

Normal six year olds, when meeting someone like the Super, would probably hang onto your hand because they were a little shy, or in awe. Sherlock hung onto mine in a clear show of ownership. I'm half surprised he didn't just stick a leash on me and a sign that said 'Property of S. Holmes'.

Anyway, the Super chatted to the three of them (I tried to stay out of it) and Sherlock gave some rather graphic descriptions of events, whilst Mycroft looked like he'd quite like to hide from the flailing-armed octopus Sherlock had become by trying to act out everyone's part of the incident at once.

At the end the Super congratulated them all and presented Mycroft and Sherlock with Scotland Yard ID cards (not police warrant cards - just the plastic cards we use in the building) - that had their ranks as Sergeants, and where the photo should be a little gold star. Which was...unexpected, and really nice of him.

Sherlock still says I'm his DI though. No debate. And said he'd help me catch other murderers.

He was also very upset that the card doesn't actually operate the electronic doorlocks in the Yard, or allow him to arrest people. I've tried to explain it's a security issue, but now he's a sergeant he knows best...just like Sally. Heh. Obviously comes with the rank pips.

Mycroft looked slightly embarrassed. Easy to forget most 13 year olds would probably find that pretty cool - but most 13 year olds aren't as mature as Mycroft. Still, he said thank you very nicely, of course.

John just looked jealous, because he didn't get one...

174 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Well, they were pretty cool! Just as well though; if I were a sergeant too, Sherlock would just say I couldn't tell him when to go to bed anymore because I didn't outrank him.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

You'd clearly have to be a DI too. I'm not meant to have relationships with junior officers...

Anyway, wouldn't like to outrank you in the bedroom...

Calliope said...

Well, now your Super has a better idea of the situation. :)

John H. D. Watson said...

But then whose DI would I be - yours or Sherlock's?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

We'd have to fight it out.

Maybe one of us would have to lend you to the other ... on secondment or something.

Calliope - I can honestly say I never expected to be introducing my boyfriend to my Super when I joined the force!

John H. D. Watson said...

I never expected to be introducing my boyfriend to my Super when I joined the force

Not to mention the two small geniuses you're raising.

REReader said...

I'm half surprised he didn't just stick a leash on me and a sign that said 'Property of S. Holmes'.

Perhaps he's planning a tattoo. :D And that was really a very nice thing for your Super to do.

Boy, Sherlock, will you have a lot to tell Mrs. T and your classmates when you go back to school! I'd say they'd never believe you, but now you have PROOF!

Mycroft, you absolutely deserved the kudos, whatever the form in which they were delivered, and extra applause for accepting with grace. And I'll tell you something else--dignity, even innate dignity like yours, can be shed, and it is easier to shed the older you get. (Why would you want to? Well, for fun. Because some kinds of fun are simply not at all dignified.) Especially once you realize that 99.9% of the time, no one cares what other people do, because they have the bulk of their attention on their own business. This, alas, is true of adults rather than of children, so you'll just have to hang on for that.

Don't be jealous, John, I'm sure Lestrade can think of a suitable alternate reward...

John H. D. Watson said...

Don't be jealous, John, I'm sure Lestrade can think of a suitable alternate reward...

I live in hope...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I think we're raising them - if not you. All I seem to do is put Sherlock to bed and see him for an hour in the morning!

RR wouldn't surprise me at all to wake up with that tattoo. Or him standing over me with a biro and a needle, anyway.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Danger, you might have to wait until our anniversary - need some time uninterrupted for that sort of reward.

innie said...

Awww. I think maybe the Super's earned some of the next cake that emerges from your new kitchen of wonders.

Mycroft, stay strong. And if you do feel like laughing over your delightful life, go with it.

John, do you feel a little like Martin Crieff, vainly insisting you have four stripes and you're the captain?

Mycroft said...

It was very kind of him to have the cards made. I feel sorry that John didn't get one too, though. His could have been a proper one which did unlock the doors. Then he could have come and dragged Lestrade home when he was working too much or being stubborn

Anonymous said...

Aw, your Super is pretty great. I think Sherlock can't wait to tell the whole class!

Greg, just because you don't see Sherlock as much as John, doesn't mean you are not raising him. Work may take us away from them but hopefully they know we're always there for them.

Mycroft, I think you're a lovely and mature young man and such an amazing good brother but I hope someday you'd just want to let go and try to be silly once and a while you may like it or maybe not :D

REReader said...

Ha! Quite right, Mycroft--a working card for John could be quite useful! Someone should suggest it to the Super.

And yours could be a conversation piece--a way of bringing up the incident at school, perhaps?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Oi, I'm not stubborn!

Anon - grass is always greener, isn't it? John would like to do more, workwise. And I'd like to do less. I do know It's a bit of a joint effort, bringing up the boys, but I really would live to spend more time with them.

Next summer I think they'll even end up going on holiday without me.

John H. D. Watson said...

Mycroft, that is a brilliant idea. Lestrade, get me one of those please, with special dispersion to remove stubborn DIs from the premises.

Why would we have to go without you?

John H. D. Watson said...

Innie - I could always write it on my forehead in lipstick...

REReader said...

John would like to do more, workwise. And I'd like to do less.

I know--JOB SHARE!

(Well, it seemed like a great idea for a minute there. Maybe I should get more than four hours of sleep.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

There's no leave, so if you three want to take full advantage of the summer holidays and head off somewhere nice, you'll only get me for whatever I can mangled the rota to add a few of my 'weekends' together. But I do think you should go somewhere, definitely.

RR - it would be nice!

Calliope said...

Perhaps the Summer Hols could be a number of short trips, some together, some apart? I seem to recall that Stonehenge was something you weren't that interested in, L?

Has today been a bit less...interesting?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Calliope - correct. But I still think the boys deserve a proper holiday abroad, too. Maybe their mum would like to go somewhere with them and John.

Today has been far less interesting, yes. Only one body on our books, and no running about after suspects.

And Danger, I'm not stubborn! Even when I try to be I end up giving in to you because you're far too persuasive.

REReader said...

Immovable Object, may I introduce Irresistable Force?

REReader said...

(Hey! I spelled "irresistible" correctly, I'm sure I did!)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Mycroft, if you can become home secretary, and Sherlock, get yourself promoted from DS to met police commissioner, by next summer, then maybe the two of you can sort it out. Short of that...you'll just have to promise me postcards.

Lupe said...

Awwwww. This post is full of cuteness and awesomeness. :3 I'm glad it's all fine now. :D And Sherlock, please wait until you're at least as tall as Lestrade to catch another criminal! :O

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Lupe - that'll be a couple if years time then, the way they're both shooting up.

REReader said...

I was just wondering if Sherlock has acquired possession of your Super yet?

kholly said...

You know it strikes me that John meeting Lestrade's supervisor went so much more entertainingly than Lestrade meeting Mycroft's. At least John hasn't been roped into teaching a class for all the young coppers.

innie said...

kholly, I bet the Super saw John had his hands full with the littlest octopus and Gregory Goodhead. Whereas Mycroft's Headmaster clearly thought Mycroft had his hands full with the DI, rather than the other way around.

John, ha! Is your Halloween costume going to involve a staggering amount of gold braid?

John H. D. Watson said...

You are stubborn, you're just less stubborn than I am and also nicer.

Kholly - don't give him any ideas!

Desert Wanderer said...

Better gold braid than gold paint...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I'm not nicer! You're lovely.

Kholly, Innie - problem is a. we've established that Danger deflects most trouble my way - after all, most things are his fault. And b. his wide eyed look of innocence, with his mop of hair and general air that butter wouldn't melt means people think he IS innocent. Whereas my wide-eyed look of innocence, complete with the fact I'm genetically incapable of looking anything but scruffy, seems to make people think I'm guilty as hell and trying to hide something.

REReader said...

Now, boys, it's not a niceness contest, we love you both equally.

:D

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

You're right, RR. There is no contest ;)

REReader said...

Ha! That's not precisely what I meant...

Calliope said...

Mycroft, I can hear your eyes rolling from here.

Bronwyn said...

The last time I went to the police station, I walked out with a fingerprint kit from around 1970. It was grand. I've since mounted the guts of it in my classroom and repurposed the box. Good fun!

Toodley-oo
Bronwyn

Sherlock said...

I don't think police officers should have bed times.

REReader said...

Ah, but if you don't get proper sleep, you might yawn just when another murderer walks by and miss him!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Sherlock, I wish someone would put me to bed.

And honestly, you're six - ten pm is already horribly late - and not for half an hour, yet! Be good, because neither John or I are really in much of a fit state to carry you upstairs.

John H. D. Watson said...

I don't have a wide-eyed look of innocence!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

You have it right now.

REReader said...

Don't you want one? It sounds like it could be very useful...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

He's pulling an innocent look about being accused of having an innocent look...it's like some sort of innocence loop.

REReader said...

Is it working?

John H. D. Watson said...

There is no such look! I have no idea what he's talking about.

REReader said...

The "look of innocence claim" does seem, on the surface, to conflict with his insistence that everything is your fault, doesn't it.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Not in the slightest, RR. He looks innocent. He is, in fact, guilty as the day is long. He just gets away with it.

And he's teaching Sherlock the look.

John H. D. Watson said...

Are you joking? Sherlock has that look down to an art. I'm just glad he's mostly stopped the fake crying when he doesn't get what he wants.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Maybe he's teaching it to you...


regardless, out of all of us, there is no way I should be the one who gets into trouble most often.

Although Sherlock is the only one to nearly be arrested... so maybe that balances.

REReader said...

How innocent can the look be if it doesn't actually fool you?

(It does sound like a useful accomplishment, though. If it works.)

REReader said...

to nearly be arrested

Nearly only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I know him too well, RR. Most people are blindsided by his cuteness.

See his icon? Cute.

REReader said...

See his icon? Cute.

Undeniably.

Calliope said...

Perhaps there should be 2 badges? "Actually innocent" for John and "It's John's Fault" for you? (And yes, John, your icon is cute.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Calliope - I assume that was a mis-type you did there. You mean 'Guilty' for John and 'It's John's Fault' for me?

John H. D. Watson said...

It's better than the one with spaghetti hanging out of my mouth.

Sherlock is the only one to nearly be arrested...

You nearly arrested me...well, sort of.

REReader said...

Apropos of nothing...you still have that frog pond to finish up, don't you? I don't think Mrs. T will find a huge mud puddle to be a good look for the school's yard, all things considered.

(Now Lestrade can claim it's John's fault, and John can look innocent, re-reailing my derail.)

REReader said...

(Re-RAILING my derail. Obviously.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I did. But you did look innocent, even when you might have been a murderer.

We do, RR. This weekend, I think, Danger? Maybe? Hopefully my arm will have decided to work again by then.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'd meant to go and dig some more this week while L was at work, but I don't know where the time's gone.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I think the time has gone toward two boys, a murderer, the Yard...the list goes on.

It'll be half full of water by now, too. Lovely.

Sorry to spring the whole thing about leave next summer on you. You three really should go somewhere relaxing/interesting/fun though.

REReader said...

the time has gone toward two boys, a murderer, the Yard

...a court appearance and celebrating the results...

It's been an eventful week.


Do you really need to think about next summer already? It's only just autumn. I'd think there's time and to spare to worry about summer vacations.

John H. D. Watson said...

We'll see. I'm sure we can work something out.

John H. D. Watson said...

Why is there no leave, by the way?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

RR - yeah. I was thinking it would be a bad day and I'd have plenty of energy and anger to take out on digging some pond - when it went so well the celebrations rather took over!

No, you're right, we don't need to think about it much. Or at all, in my case. I just wanted to warn the three of them I'll be largely absent.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Danger - there's a few people popping over to run a few races and stuff, maybe take a few medals home... apparently enough of them to cancel all Police leave for the entirety of the summer for every force in the UK, essentially.

I'd've been so happy if Paris won the Olympics, not us.

Anon Without A Name said...

RR: London is hosting the Olympics next summer, anyone involved in supporting that (which includes police officers) is already going to have to be thinking about whether they will be able to take any summer holiday. At least, I assume that's what Lestrade's talking about, and he doesn't have not-so-secret-anymore intelligence on a sudden murder spree planned for London in six months' time.

Rider said...

Sherlock is the only one to nearly be arrested

but I note Someone called the police, and there was some mild confusion at first

Which sounds like someone else nearly got arrested.

(Sherlock's post appears to say that not only did Lestrade get arrested he said bad words, but I presume that's excitement triumphing over grammar.)

John H. D. Watson said...

...Are you sure we can't just leave the country till it's over?

REReader said...

Or...it might be fun to stay in London and attend? I suspect you'd not have too much trouble getting tickets, or at least that Mrs. H wouldn't.

John H. D. Watson said...

I mean really sure? I could write you a note. We could go to...somewhere very far away?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

You can, yes. I could, but I wouldn't have a job to come back to.

Rider - only until they'd cuffed him and I could get my warrant card out!

I admit I may have said quite a few bad words, but I think Sherlock was referring to the suspect, not me.

John H. D. Watson said...

RR - I suppose the tennis would be all right, but on the whole I think it's going to be more people than I want to deal with. It's not as if it's a sparsely populated city as it is.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

RR - Mrs H could doubtless get some. The rest of us mere mortals wouldn't be able to without her.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Danger - 28th July-5th August is Tennis, if you want to leave space in your diary.

REReader said...

Maybe each pick one event you'd like to see? If necessary to cut that down, you can always pick from a hat.

I mean, it's not like seeing Olympic athletes in action is the sort of opportunity that comes around very often in a lifetime, if you aren't actively involved in Olympic sports. And the summer games have some quite interesting events, like fencing...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I dunno. If the boys want to, then I guess that's fair enough, obviously at least one of us would accompany them if she didn't want to or couldn't.

I wouldn't feel right, personally, accepting tickets from Mrs H. for myself. I'd have to go through the whole issue of getting permission from a superior and explaining it all.

REReader said...

Well, it's something to think about, and it would mean having summer vacation together, too, at least partly. And I suspect Mrs. H. will have--has--opinions of her own about it, too.

It's just that...well, I was against the idea of New York bidding on the Olympics because, well, it's NEW YORK, where could you put that many extra people, never mind all those venues? But if we had won, I so would have volunteered, just to have some part in it. Because, The Olympics!

John H. D. Watson said...

If the boys want to go, that's one thing, but for myself I think I'd rather not.

Small Hobbit said...

I shall be resolutely remaining in the shires during that time. I have no wish to play sardines in the capital.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

RR - There are three free events - marathon, road cycling and triathlon. I seriously can't commit to anything, really.

And I will doubtless have some part of it...that many people, many tourists, all wandering about in the city? More than one of them will probably end up in my case files.

(There, isn't that a depressing way to end the evening? Sorry.)

Bed, Danger Bond? John Bond (Jovi)? John Danger Bond?

REReader said...

Well, as I said, just a thought. (Always foisting my foibles on others.)

John H. D. Watson said...

Bed would be good, yes.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

RR - I think we're far, far too cynical. I mean, I know I'm not in the ideal profession for it, but I literally don't know a single person who wants it here, or has managed to get tickets through the lottery system. But we're all paying for it... and they can't even sort out what to do with the stadium at the end.

Still, means we all get days and days of practicing for major disasters, instead of our normal work. So not all bad...

REReader said...

I do get it. As I said, I was against NYC bidding for them when we did because of the costs and the work and because the idea of asking for that enormous influx of people in a major metropolis struck me as a nightmare.

But, still. The Olympics. Right here.

(And no, I don't expect I'd've had a prayer of actually getting tickets to anything, even forgetting about the glamor events.)

Rider said...

When the Olympics came to Sydney the number of people leaving equalled the number arriving.

Lots of Sydneysiders figured the traffic would be worse and the human congestion unmanageable.

Apparently it was an enjoyable week with a lot more fellow feeling and friendliness than anyone thought the place was capable of.

REReader said...

Small towns do seem to have more trouble with the Olympics than large cities, for the most part. Or at least, that's how the news reports usually make it sound. (And we know how accurate those always are. :) )

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm now imagining how London and Sydney would react to being described as "small towns" :-p

REReader said...

Nameless, I was referring to London and Sydney as large cities--I had in mind places like Lake Placid when I said small towns.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I'm just in awe of the suggestions they're coming out with...'work odd hours' 'dont use certain tube lines for your commute' and these Olympic traffic lanes, which sound like they'll mainly be used by the execs of sponsors... I'm immensely glad I have a bike again! At least I have some hope of getting places.

Anon Without A Name said...

RR: Ah, OK, that makes much more sense :-)

Lestrade: I live in the shires, not too far from SmallHobbit actually, and I'm rather glad that I won't be in London for the Olympics. I'd really quite like to see them, but travel sounds like it's going to be a nightmare (mind you, I find that Londoners think waiting ten minutes for a tube is a nightmare :-p)

Yang said...

I hope you go to some or at least one of the Olympic events because, you know, it's the Olympics. I was really hoping that Chicago was going to get it, but sadly not (it would have meant great job opportunities for me).

Also hi, I posted on John's blog just a bit ago, but I suppose I should introduce myself instead of just blabbering away. I'm Yang, just started(ish) reading your blogs (actually started about two weeks ago and started from the beginning, so at least I'm caught up). Feels a bit odd really introducing myself. I feel like I know a lot about you but since you don't know me it's odd and a bit stalkerish. . .

Oh, Lestrade, congrats on your (almost) divorce from Byran. Ok, I'll be quiet and resume being a stalker. Well, as well as one can be a stalker being on a different continent all together.

REReader said...

Oh, well, Lestrade, you know native Londoners will ignore the stupid suggestions and will have already planned on implementing the sensible ones (if any) before they come out--and the tourists won't understand what is meant by them anyway.

I've lived in Manhattan pretty much my whole life, and the city really empties out in the summers anyway on the weekends, so we certainly could have absorbed a few million tourists for a couple of weeks--as with Sydney, probably that many would have left anyway, only they'd have done it in order to sublet their apartments for ridiculous rents. I just like my summer city quiet.

REReader said...

Sherlock, you might be interested in this. I'm watching a show that's about an investigation of a 5000-year-old homicide--and they are able to investigate because the victim's body mummified, by itself. It's the NOVA episode called "Iceman Murder Mystery", and the video is here. (I hope it plays for you in the UK; I had no problem in the US, but I can't watch shows from the BBC website so it's possible you won't be able to.)

innie said...

Sally, please tell me you're plotting something fiendishly clever in response to the crack Lestrade made in this post.

Desert Wanderer said...

And to John's "Marmalade Foxwell" suggestion for Lestrade's Bond girl name, Sally.

REReader said...

I'm off to bed a little early as I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning (er, technically this morning). Anyway, good morning, all, whenever you see this!

Desert Wanderer said...

My team is playing in the baseball championship. We're in extra innings and it's driving me crazy. At this rate, I could do a tag team with Sherlock.

Sherlock said...

I'm awake and Lestrade's been awake for ages and I know because normally we make coffee but today he's drunk two mugs already and the mug is cold so it wasn't even recently and he says I'm a good detective for putting the clues together.

Sometimes we play tag at school but it's pointless and we don't do it in a team.

Desert Wanderer said...

I agree with Lestrade. Does he seem unhappy/distressed awake or happy awake?

Tag team is when you're doing a project or something with another person and you've reached the end of your abilities, so you let them take a turn. What I meant was it's 1 am here, and I'm reaching the end of my ability to stay awake, so I'll pass on that duty to you.

Hope you have a nice day. :)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I'm okay, thanks, DW. Tired awake probably sums it up. Just woke up a bit after 4 and couldnt drop off again, that's all.

Go and sleep!

Anonymous said...

I forgot about the Olympique ! I'm so so glad it's not in Paris, our usual surge of tourists is enough. But I wish for you sake it was, well, anywhere else.

Rider said...

but now he's a sergeant he knows best...just like Sally. Heh. Obviously comes with the rank pips

So you knew best when you were a sergeant?

(And what happened when you were promoted?)

Anon Without A Name said...

Tired awake

What's the opposite, where you're up and about but really still asleep? Because that's me right now. Fortifying myself with tea.

DW - did you win? Did you sleep?

Small Hobbit said...

Hi Nameless, fellow shire dweller. Me too, pouring tea down my throat in the hope that I'll come to sometime soon!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Rider, once I was promoted I was surrounded by sergeants who could tell me I was an idiot. 'with all due respect, Sir'.

Nameless, SH, tea? For waking up? Get yourselves some coffee!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Yang - sorry, you got a bit lost up there in all those comments. Dn't feel you have to remain a stalker. We flaunt our lives all over the internet through our own choosing, so...well, yeah, join in. If you want, of course.

And thanks. I'm literally counting down the days until the 'almost' part is over with.

REReader said...

Coffee tastes burnt. And that's when it's "good" coffee, made well. Tea is much better, even if less caffeinated.

And now I need to go drink a gallon, because I did not sleep well. Ah, well, it's Friday, which means tonight/tomorrow is Shabbat, and I can sleep and sleep then.

Desert Wanderer said...

Nameless, we lost at the last possible moment, but tonight's should be better. And yes, about four hours.

REReader said...

Oh, I meant to say--good observation and deduction skills there, Sherlock!

And sorry you had a short night, Lestrade...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

RR if it tastes burnt it's not made well! You need to try a different bean, a different roast and perhaps different drink. Most places do serve bad coffee.

No espresso for you, but maybe latte or cappuccino so it's not too strong?

Seems like we all had short nights last night.

REReader said...

Coffee even SMELLS burnt--when I go into a Starbucks, or past one, anyway. (Latte is the one with lots of milk, right? Welllll....maybe.)

Yeah. I guess I was a bit worried about my appointment--it's to see a surgeon about a minor surgery, but surgery is only minor when it's on someone else. (No, no big secret or anything horrible, a small hernia, more embarrassing than anything else. I'm assured it's no big deal.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

If you've only ever drunk coffee from Starbucks then i don't bame you for hating it. I clearly haven't done an anti-Starbucks rant since your arrival on the blogs. They make horrible coffee.

I agree with the surgery thing - I've been lucky enough (well, not sure I should call it luck...) to only ever have emergency surgery, and therefore never had the opportunity to worry about it!

My phone going off woke me. A silent call. Which - well, meant I didn't go back to sleep, was the upshot.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

And yes, cafe latte and cappucino, made correctly, both have lots of milk. Cappucino has more foam.

REReader said...

I hope it was the fact of the call distubing your sleep ad not its content that kept you from falling asleep again.

And now I'm off.

kholly said...

Thank goodness tea has at least some caffeine or I'd never wake up. I just don't like the taste of coffee. And coffee drinkers never seem to understand how that's possible. They'll say things like, "But you like tieramisu*, right?" no, it tastes like coffee. "Well, what about coffee ice cream?" Nope. I reassure them that it's ok, it just means more for them. But they usually wander away with a puzzled look. Or try to offer me some herbal hot drink and pass it off as tea because they don't know any better.

*a dessert I have no idea how to spell because I can't even get close enough for my spell check to help me out.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

It was just a silent call, just a bit of background noise of people and some music. Not even any heavy breathing. I don't know, not exactly unheard of for a rozzer to get odd calls. Had plenty before. It was probably nothing, or a wrong number or call from someone's pocket or something.

Don't think it woke John, luckily - or at least, not enough to disturb him too much, as he was asleep when I got up about twenty minutes later.

John H. D. Watson said...

Didn't wake me, no. I think I remember your ringtone from a dream though.

kholly - I feel the same way about people who don't like tea. It's baffling to me.

And to John's "Marmalade Foxwell" suggestion for Lestrade's Bond girl name, Sally.

Now you're just trying to get me in trouble. I took it off the poll, didn't I?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Tiramisu - and I know people who don't like drinking coffee, but don't mind it once it's all mixed in like that, with the cream and alcohol and everything.

But I shall happily have your share of coffee! And I understand perfectly how you could not like it, because I really don't like bad coffee. Took me months to get everyone in the office to make coffee to a half decent standard!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Bad tea is horrible too.

Did you answer my phpnecall in your dream? Any idea who it was? :)

John H. D. Watson said...

In my dream, it was your motorcycle. Pretty sure that's not who it was really though.

Bad tea is horrible, but I'd rather have bad tea than bad coffee.

Desert Wanderer said...

I'm not trying to get you in trouble, John. You did that all on your lonesome. DS Donovan is a higly-trained, intelligent officer of the law and I'm sure she nugged that one on her own.

John H. D. Watson said...

She might've missed it! I'm sure she has more important things to do than read L's blog comments.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

She does have more important things to do.

but I think she's currently planning your demise instead of doing them. Probably my demise too.

REReader said...

I've never actually had Starbucks coffee, as Starbucks didn't yet exist when I was discovering I didn't like drinking burnt-tasting things.

That does sound like a pocket-dialed call, Lestrade.

And I'm using the office wifi now, while waiting. It's only been half an hour so far.

John H. D. Watson said...

currently planning your demise

I feel fortunate that you're closer and therefore an easier target.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

After the other day I thought you would rush to my aid again... I'm disappointed.

RR yeah, it does. Just would prefer it if it hadn't been a withheld number, or been at 4am.

Sally said...

Don't worry, John, you're safe. Given it was the boss who told you the name in the first place. And after that dig about sergeants it's not just me after him. He should pick on a rank that doesn't outnumber his own.

You just keep his schoolboy gang out of the way, we'll deal with him.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Oi, no threatening a superior officer.

Danger, rounded up any victims for pond digging tomorrow? You and the boys doing something nice?

piplover said...

I have to admit, the taste and smell of coffee make me sick. I've tried it, because people kept pushing it on me, some items with more chocolate than coffee, but all I can taste is the coffee.

Also, black tea has more caffeine than a cup of coffee, so if you really want to wake up, you should have a cup of that. Or two. I'm on my second cup now, lol.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I'm no expert, but I'm fairly sure a mug of coffee has considerably more caffeine than a mug of tea - although dry tea vs dry coffee tea does have more caffeine, the amount used to make each mug of tea is so small that the actual drink doesn't have much caffeine, compared to coffee. It certainly doesn't seem to, to me, anyway.

But all you people who don't like coffee, don't worry, I drink all your shares.

John H. D. Watson said...

Sally - are you saying sergeants don't always know best? I'm astonished.

L - more than last time, in fact. Apparently word has spread and your reputation precedes you...or something.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Mm. Your reputation, more likely. You're the cute one.

Actually, I imagine after a week of having kids at home, parents are desperate for distraction.

John H. D. Watson said...

That probably does have something to do with it.

We're not having that problem of course. Never a dull moment, even when Sherlock's not apprehending murderers.

DW said...

It's like a Chief told me once: take care of your Sergeants or they'll take care or you.

Clearly the other parents heard about the adorable couple and firm't believe two six attractive men existed, let alone in one pairing.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Danger, that sounds like there's probably something that's happened today that I should know about...

DW, predictive text gets you too, huh? John is definitely higher than a six on the attractiveness scale ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

Nothing too bad. I'll post about it shortly.

DW - why does your phone even think firm't is a word??

REReader said...

Yay! The surgeon says to wait, as it's not causing any real problems and may well never get any worse. So no surgery! :)

John, that does sound like you've been having an interesting day...

Desert Wanderer said...

Wow, that was less than coherent. It's supposed to say "couldn't believe two such attractive men existed."

I don't know why it thinks firm't is a word. Apparently it doesn't think my frustration level is high enough today or something.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

That's good, RR.

To be fair, Danger's star is very firm't.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Arse...not star.

REReader said...

I don't want to know what kind of prediction turns "arse" into "star". ;) (Insert your own joke here.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

My predictive text comes with some sort if special risque add on, apparently. You should see some of the things I notice in time to change! I'd be saying all sorts.

(his star is firm't enough, though ;) )

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - SmallHobbit, KHolly and John are all right, tea is one of life's essentials. Anyway, I just don't like the taste of coffee. I've had the very occasional espresso when I've really needed a kick, but otherwise I can't stand the stuff.

To be fair, Danger's star is very firm't.

Uh huh :-p

DW - four hours? Ouch. And more tonight?

REReader said...

My predictive text comes with some sort if special risque add on, apparently.

Ah. That explains it, then.

:D

Desert Wanderer said...

Yes. Clearly the phone and not the DI using it...

Rider said...

I much prefer tea to coffee, but discovered quite by accident - involving a house move - that I like it better black.

I still don't like it much but I can cope with mocha so when people insist on buying me coffee that's what I get.

I found the other day that one of the coffee shops at work (we have 4 of them, it's a big place) does leaf tea which I must investigate.

Since I started doing leaf tea at home I have pretty much given up on teabags.

Ro said...

Ah, the great coffee/tea debate!

I lovelovelove coffee. Black, no sugar please. When I was at uni I used to drink a cup of coffee every hour. Now that I'm 40, I try to only drink it before lunch, to give my kidneys a break. I have good percolated coffee at home, and the free instant "hot caffeinated beverage" (not deserving of the name Coffee) at work. Then at lunch I switch to tea.

I always hated tea in the past - couldn't stand that smoky/fishy aftertaste. I started drinking black chai (so the spices would cover the taste of the tea), but then my friend introduced me to Orange Pekoe, and I love it. (Nothing orange about it, it's just tea without that smoky/fishy flavour).

Definitely coffee if you need to wake up, though. Way more caffeine in a brewed cup of coffee than in tea.

X said...

I'm no expert, but I'm fairly sure a mug of coffee has considerably more caffeine than a mug of tea - although dry tea vs dry coffee tea does have more caffeine, the amount used to make each mug of tea is so small that the actual drink doesn't have much caffeine, compared to coffee.

Yep! They talked about this once on QI, actually. The things you can learn from that show. At least that one and the brazil nut fact are useful; I don't think I ever needed to know that sperm have a sense of smell, and respond especially well to lily of the valley scent. Huh.

Starbucks coffee isn't alllll that bad, now. Better than the run of the mill coffee place, at least. Though, to be fair, at run of the mill coffee places I get plain coffee, whereas Starbucks means half sweet light whip pumpkin spice lattes. Or gingerbread lattes, or cafe vanilla frappaccinos, depending on the time of year...

Yes, a roommate of mine worked for Starbucks and gave me her free drinks since she hated coffee. Can you tell? :) I drink tea to relax, coffee to wake up.

X said...

Ro -- I've never heard most teas described as smoky/fishy. Lapsing soochong (not sure of my spelling there, but iPad says it is wrong) definitely does -- I call it the smelly sock tea. My sister loves it. Did you find that even with Earl Grey? Interesting.

I've recently stopped being an Earl Grey tea purist since I was introduced to the wonders of David's Tea. They have amazing stuff. Love Tea #7, which is black te with chocolate and strawberries, is currently my favorite, thought their Chai Gurana and Buttered Rum teas are also amazing. Idk if there is a US equivalent to that store, but I imagine there would be?

(Not that orange pekoe isn't awesome -- it is. I drink it with lemon instead of milk, though, since it find the mild flavor of the tea works well with it).

On a side note, my autocorrect has something against Canadian spelling. :[

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

DW - definitely the phone. I'm sure I've never taught it half the words it knows.

X - yeah, tea at bedtime, if I want a hot drink, because it makes me sleepy too.

Anonymous said...

For me, tea is a family activity (usually involving a table full of food). On the other hand, coffee is what I drink when I need to stay awake. Neither one makes me sleepy, but coffee will definitely screw up my sleep schedule for at least two days if I don't keep drinking it. Oh, the perils of being a student and intern...

-A from NW

Ro said...

X - Most people look at me like I'm bonkers when I say that black tea tastes fishy, but my friend who introduced me to Orange Pekoe understood :D It might be because I'm vegetarian that it strikes me so strongly, I don't know! Earl Grey I didn't mind, because - like chai - the bergamot covered the smoky/fishy taste. I like Orange Pekoe the best, though, because sometimes I don't want to have such strong flavours in the tea, I just want the tea!

I drink all tea/coffee black and unsweetened - for some reason my stomach only approves of warm milk in hot chocolate, and I'm not much of a sweet tooth (definitely can't do cola as a caffeine hit!)

I'm in Australia, so I've never heard of David's Tea, but I looked at their website and they seem to resemble our T2 stores. I don't normally shop in those, though, because they're very expensive, though I have had some nice herbals from there.

Becca said...

All this talk of coffee is making me miss it terribly. My father was a coffee snob, so I drank very good coffee growing up.

And then when I was in college my heart abruptly decided stimulants were not of the good, and now I can't have any. I'm not really supposed to have decaf, either, since it still has a bit of caffeine, though sometimes I cheat.

Starbucks coffee doesn't float my boat, but give me an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts in the summer and I'll be very happy.

Desert Wanderer said...

Lestrade, thank you for taking that so well. It came out amidst than I intended and I didn't men to take anything out on you...

I also figured out that my phone changes didn to firm in the time it takes me to find the 't, hence firm't.

Desert Wanderer said...

Damn it. That was supposed to say "snider than I intended and I didn't mean to take anything out on you..."

Sorry.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Someone tell my body and mind there is no reason to be awake now?
Going to put a pillow on my head and firmly believe I'm just asleep and dreaming....

innie said...

Go to sleep! You've got a Danger pillow and boys to entertain in the morning! I do hope you sleep easy for a few hours at least.

(If you can't sleep, though, now might be the perfect time to prove with photographic evidence that the BAMF known as Danger sucks his thumb.)

Desert Wanderer said...

Just think about how warm and soft your Dangerpillow is. How close. How cute he looks with his thumb in his mouth. How nice it would be to cuddle up to that. I'm sure if you curl up next to him and just ponder your Danger, you'll fall back asleep quickly.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Thanks you two. I'm trying. promise.

Desert Wanderer said...

Maybe try this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmbmNp1RDCE

(You can watch it with no sound, still good.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Ha! Thanks.

Desert Wanderer said...

Lestrade, was this you as a young'un?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5s1QNfXGn4

(Did you manage to fall back asleep?)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I did, thanks. Don't know what was up with me, but I was sick as a dog. Once I'd got rid of the entire contents of my body - including some non-vital organs, I think - I felt loads better.

I'd blame the chef, but that was me, and no one else was ill. Probably Sal trying to poison me. I haven't even been paddling in the Thames recently.

And now we've got a whole pond digging team on the go.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

(obviously all that happened after I'd told my body there was no reason to awake. Turns out there was.)

Desert Wanderer said...

Does "loads better" = fully up to snuff, or is it Lestrade-code for "not on my deathbed, so well enough to dig a pond"?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

It means...better than I did. But not 100%. Definitely well enough for ponds, but not entirely sure about eating yet. Or drinking much apart from water.

Desert Wanderer said...

Not even coffee?!

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Good thing you have a doctor on retainer. :)

innie said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that! I see you're insisting you're well enough to do some more digging, but please do let yourself relax and be cuddled for a good portion of the day, okay? You deserve it at any time, but especially when you're not at your best.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I am relaxed! Nice to keep busy and not think about feeling crap, really.

And the weather is brilliant for working on the pond today.

X said...

Ro -- now that you mention it, I don't think I've had a straight-up black tea that I've enjoyed, because the flavor was too harsh. I started on tea w Earl Grey because that's what everyone else in the family drank. Never thought of it before, really. Pity your T2 is expensive; David's is reasonable in that you get tea by the gram, and can order as little or as much as you like. I've tried a lot of different flavored teas that way, in $2-$3 sampler bags.

L -- I'm sorry that you're sick! No wonder you had a lie in after that (read Johns post first so missed the context). Even if you're feeling better, mind yourself today while digging. Doing so on an empty stomach can't be terribly good for you; make sure you don't wear yourself out.

Nagging, sorry; I should let Dr. Danger handle it (as I'm sure he will. :)). Feel better! (and by that, I don't mean better on the Lestrade scale, but by one recognizable to all of us.)

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - oh, ugh. Poor you :-( Glad you're feeling a bit better now. Take it easy tonight, yes?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I really am fine. Just under doctor's orders of things to eat for maximum nutrition.

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