Right. Onto a bit of a harder one today, because I'm all snug and content on the sofa and not writing this alone in my office.
what's the worst date you've ever been on? Maybe apart from Bryan stories (unless you want) as, given what a right shit he is I'm sure there were some miserable dates.
Firstly - and not in the interests of defending him, but perhaps defending myself, dating Bryan was mainly fun, often brilliant, generally interesting, and overall a good time. I wouldn't have married him if he'd been a shit then. We went to a lot of gigs, art shows, out with friends, mad adventures.
It was years later all that stopped, long after the dates stopped.
Anyway, worst date - well, it wasn't a date, really. Didn't go on too many of those, if I'm honest. Not for lack of trying, but it wasn't easy once I'd joined up.
I was at a club, met a bloke. Well, I say met, I don't know his name. We picked each other up, anyway. Danced a bit, drank a bit, kissed a bit, then decided to leave together.
Didn't get very far. Things were a bit...heated. So we headed down an alleyway - I know, I know, last of the romantics, me - but I lived in the section house for my first nick, and he didn't want to go back to his for whatever reason, so there we were, all revved up, nowhere to go.
Except we didn't get very far because a bunch of blokes jumped us. Gave us a proper pasting, and luckily, in the end, something spooked them or they got bored and left us in the gutter.
I was just glad to be alive, mainly. We were both in a bad way, but he was together enough to start talking about going to the police. Which...well, sounded like about the worst idea in the world to me. I refused. He called me a coward, told me I'd regret it when those same blokes killed someone.
I couldn't tell him the truth - that I was the police, and I thought reporting it would at best lose me a lot of friends, at worst lose me my job. And anyway, he was right, I was a coward, just not for the reasons he thought.
So yeah, as bad dates go, that was the worst.
I think - hope - that my work as an officer, since then, has balanced out not doing the right thing then. I hope I've saved more lives than that endangered. I'll never know, of course, which is sometimes the worst thing.
And I always encourage people to report things. But I can't ever blame them if they don't. They'll blame themselves enough.