24 July 2012

Oh yeah, all day and night-time yours

Nights tonight. Not 100% sure how I'm feeling about it, really. I'm sure it'll be okay.

The other night, I was following a guy through a real rabbit warren of an estate, trying to keep tabs on him without being too obvious about it.

There were other people around, but not loads. It's not that sort of area.

I'd clocked a few bunches of young guys hanging around - late teens, twenties, I suppose. Not unusual.



My man had been to a flat, visiting someone. He wasn't in there long. As we came back down the stairs, in the dark, three of them jumped me.

I was lucky - stayed on my feet, with a bit of help from the wall - hit the emergency button on my radio, and Simon, my partner for the night, knew where I'd been so he came running.

I think they realised they'd picked on the wrong bloke pretty quickly. They asked for my 'stuff', I told them where to go, threw a punch, tried to shove one of them down the stairs. The third one pulled a knife - just a little one, probably from his mum's kitchen, but by that point I was yelling, Si was yelling back from the ground and on his way up, and I think they decided it wasn't worth it, so ran off.

Our first priority was not to lose our man. So we headed back to the car and bundled in, drove slowly down the next few streets and luckily picked him up again.

As it was nearly the end of shift, we handed him over, then went back for a drive around the estate, see if we could see the lads who jumped me, but they were long gone.

So Simon dropped me off home, rather than going back for the bike, which was nice of him. And then John took care of me, Sherlock hugged me, and Mycroft made me coffee :)

The next night, Sherlock made me a survival kit. You should look through the comments on John's blog post and find the list of contents - it was great!


The boys and John went for a swim yesterday...i think it was yesterday? I'm losing track. I made the mistake of saying we should go to Hampstead Heath ponds... not knowing that Sherlock was too young.

For those who don't know them, if you've seen Tinker Tailor, it's where he goes swimming, in the mist... they're great. I'll try and take John and maybe Mycroft up there, I think they'd both enjoy it.

What else...don't know. Going to try and set some gooseberry ice cream to make whilst I'm at work.

Oh, and a little quiz/guessing game for you. I'm particularly interested in what the non-UK citizens might guess...(If you know the answer, don't tell everyone.)


Q. What percentage of all police firearms operations in England and Wales actually involve an officer discharging their weapon?

136 comments:

KHolly said...

I'm going to be really optimistic for you - knowing that sometimes now they might call on you to be one of those gun toting cops - and say 5%.

I suspect it's higher on my side of the pond (though I have no idea) but hopefully not tons higher. Though maybe I'm naive.

REReader said...

First, the quiz--I don't know the answer, but I know that it's very low here (in NYC), even with most officers normally armed, so I'd guess even lower where that's not the case. Hmmm. 3%?


Yikes, L, that's a frightening story! I'm even more grateful you're okay now. And thank you for telling us--I hope it wasn't too painful to retell... but it is, at least for me, easier to process this way. (Although, like Sherlock, I have a very strong wish to go out and wreak a bit of...let's just call it justice. :)) (And speaking of Sherlock, I'm still deeply impressed by his emergency kit. And also deeply touched.)

Anonymous said...

Given that even in the US the vast majority of the time when police officers draw their guns, they don't fire them (outside of the firing range, for training) I'm guessing that it is less than a single percent. That is, of course, very optimistic of me, since it would mean that there would be very little chance that an officer would need to shoot at anyone or anything.

Of course in the context of your mugging, I can't help but wonder what those punks would have done if there'd been a very loud bang...

:/

rsf

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, gooseberry ice cream sounds very intriguing. Will you be using an ice cream maker or will Sherlock be attempting the ziplock bag technique? And did he ever figure out why you needed the salt on the ice?

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

Are you still following people tonight? Or the same person?

imachar said...

I'm going to go with less than. 1% as well...

Glad you are okay...even a little kitchen knife can do a lot of damage... I'm with the rest that would like to see a little justice rain down on those three...and Sherlock's emergency kit was epic! Although it made me crave marmite peanuts.

Don't envy you nights, it's one thing in your regular line of work, but trailing people around dodgy housing schemes in the middle of the night is a whole different kind of unpleasant ( and risky). I hope John can sleep okay while you're out there keeping London safe...

REReader said...

Addendum: Having checked the NYC figures...I'm revising my guess down to under 1%, too.

And gooseberry ice cream does sound yummy!

Greg Lestrade said...

Not sure what I'm doing tonight. I mean, even following people means the latter part of the night is usually spent watching their house as they sleep soundly...

John H. D. Watson said...

Good. That sounds nice and peaceful and like something you can do from the car.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm going to make a very large flask of iced coffee for tonight. Maybe two.

REReader said...

Sounds like a plan. :)

And if you don't mind my saying so, I hope you need all that caffeine to stave off boredom tonight!

Anonymous said...

I shall wish you either boredom or a breakthrough. Although a breakthrough would probably mean more paperwork. Does Simon know some good timewasters if you wind up sitting and staring at a quiescent building?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Just had email through, actually. Op in the early hours of the morning. So I should stay awake.

John H. D. Watson said...

What kind of op?

Greg Lestrade said...

'raid on premises'

Greg Lestrade said...

just reading more about it... industrial premises, so I guess it's quite a big place. A lot of us going in, by the sounds of it.

Get to wear my uniform again. Try to control yourself, Danger ;)

ryo said...

Hmm... I'm going to go against the flow and say that, since gun operations are rare there and the guns don't get pulled out unless they're more likely to be needed, around 10%.

I loved the kidnap emergency kit. Glad you're ok -- that sounds scary.

ryo

John H. D. Watson said...

I'll do my best, no promises.

Greg Lestrade said...

SHould I dress a good hour or two early? Give you a chance to get it out of your system? Give the boys some money for popcorn and the flicks?

John H. D. Watson said...

Now you're just teasing me...

Greg Lestrade said...

Okay... how about you rub some of that icy-cold smelly gel on my shoulder, instead, make me stink so no one else will come near me, and I'll change into my uniform at the yard, like I normally do.

I even got a text today from Sally saying she almost misses me. And that she's taken my office chair, because hers is broken and they won't give her a new one until next week...

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Okay, will do.

That's kind of her...

Greg Lestrade said...

well, as she pointed out, I'm not using it.

The fact she messaged at all, I think speaks volumes :)

Small Hobbit said...

You'll be lucky if you ever get your chair back L. Although perhaps you could claim the new one.

John H. D. Watson said...

I think that's the way to go, SH.

When do they get you back? After the Olympics are over?

Greg Lestrade said...

err...yeah, I assume. No one's mentioned it yet. Still, quite enjoying these hours for the holidays, feel like I'm spending more time with the three of you.

I suppose I should go and shave, if I've got to be in uniform tonight...

John H. D. Watson said...

If you must...

I like it too, though I'd like it better if you could skip nights.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing less than one percent also.
-Oregon Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah. I dunno, I'm torn. Nights are a bit crap, but I've sort of got a slight soft spot for them.

I actually voted nights in my poll, but...well, they used to sort of be my favourites. Things have changed a bit now.

John H. D. Watson said...

why did you like them?

pandabob said...

I hope work goes OK Greg :-) slightly odd that lates won the poll don't you think?

Have you all had a good day? lots of adventures I hope :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Anony - I thought it would be more even. but I guess people don't like early mornings or overnights, so lates it was!

Sherlock, after Mycroft and I were discussing cooking, said tomorrow he's going to invent a new recipe. Which I'm sure will be fun. Possibly not edible, but fun ;)

Mycroft's been on the phone to Carla, planning their visit.

Danger - I think, at first, because things happen on night shifts that get the adrenalin going. When I was all gung ho and young I used to love the chases, the fights, all of that. And nice seeing the city empty-ish. Got a lot of my early collars on nights.

And after that...well, let's just say I didn't mind missing a night with Bryan like I do with you. Generally a drunken brawl and a crap kebab on refs was preferable to the marital bed. Which says a lot.

pandabob said...

It sounds like a fun day has been had by all :-)

Have you spoken to Rach? just being nosey wondering about Jess sorry ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - yeah, I can see that. It would be more exciting when you're young and just starting out.

About the other part...I'm sorry, and I'm glad you like coming home to us.

Anon Without A Name said...

Sounds like a deeply unpleasant experience, Lestrade; glad you had back-up nearby, and that it wasn't more serious. I don't suppose you can wear any kind of stab vest when you're in plain clothes like that. Hope the operation is safe and successful tonight.

Ooh, I'm torn between "almost none" as the answer to your quiz, because our lovely police officers hardly ever fire their guns, and following ryo's logic and going higher, because we have so few armed incidents that proportionally speaking we probably have more where an officer fires their gun. Hmm.

Does the torch go anywhere near you guys? We had massive crowds here, relatively near the start of the relay. It went right pat my mum's house, with a handover just a few yards down the road; she was very taken with the "very nice police officers in their shorts" :-p

REReader said...

I will be very interested indeed to hear what Sherlock comes up with in the culinary line!

I voted lates because I'm useless in the mornings so earlies was right out, and I really work mostly a "lates" schedules already, sooo...


(I'm glad you have a home and family you like coming home to, too. :))

Small Hobbit said...

Nameless, did they check that they had all the very nice police officers at the end of the shift and your mum hadn't kept one back for herself?

I'm going for a bit higher in the quiz, because whenever there's a firearms operation then there must be a perceived need for them. Even so, if firing a weapon is the last resort then it shouldn't be high.

I voted for earlies, because if necessary I can do them and I always want to get work out of the way.

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - I have! Jess wailed loudly down the phone - clearly desperate to meet her Uncle Greg... She sounds like she's got a good pair of lungs, anyway. Rach says she's okay, terrified and loving it in equal measure.

I'm fascinated by all your answers. I can tell you that none of you are spot-on yet ;)

The torch will be near us, yeah. Don't know if the boys want to go or not.

And no, it's far easier to wear a vest when everyone's bundled up for winter, much harder now, you'd see it a mile away under my shirt.

pandabob said...

That sounds like about the right mix of feelings :-) How could Jess not be desperate to meet you? ;-)

I have no idea about the question and to be honest it's something I try not to think.

Anon Without A Name said...

SH - I haven't been to her house since before the torch relay went past - it's entirely possible she's got some fit but hapless police officer stashed in the conservatory, being offered tea every five minutes :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - all the torch team are Met girls and boys. We count 'em out and count 'em back in again.

You'll have to get her to ask John how you go about getting one to follow you home so you can keep it as a pet...

Anon Without A Name said...

Go on then, John - any hints? it's for my mum, honest...

John H. D. Watson said...

Not sure I can help you... mine followed me home and brought me breakfast in bed almost straight away, no idea what I did to deserve it. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock Holmes, my keys and wallet better be found in the next ten minutes, or you'll be getting toast for breakfast for a week. And no ice cream. All summer.

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - he might have no idea, but I've got an inkling it involved recklessly saving lives, being stubborn enough to throw a special forces soldier out of a helicopter to make space for a bloke who only recently accused you of being a murderer, being devastatingly handsome and utterly lovely.

For starters.

REReader said...

Has Sherlock disgorged your keys and wallet yet, L?

(I have to admit, it's an ingenious way of keeping you home and safe, however doomed to defeat...)

John H. D. Watson said...

I couldn't believe they expected you to stay behind! Absurd.

pandabob said...

I hope you have a good night at work Greg and that the early morning op goes OK.

Do you have much planned for your evening John?

Greg Lestrade said...

I could - I hadn't done anything!

RR - yes, just, and only because Mycroft told him to... reminds you you don't have half the sway and authority you thought you did, sometimes.

Must run...

John H. D. Watson said...

Not much, no. I'll probably just read for a bit after the boys are in bed.

REReader said...

Heh!

(It's rather sweet, though--although I imagine it was at least as annoying as endearing in the execution. :))

John H. D. Watson said...

L - you did so! You did a lot and even if you hadn't, they wouldn't have known that.

pandabob said...

I hope it's a good enough book to relax you and help you sleep John :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I tried to take your gun off you...and tried to make you not go and rescue Mycroft.

I think it's incredibly lucky you totally ignored me, and I entirely probably deserved to walk home. And not get any dinner.

I feel taller in my uniform.

John H. D. Watson said...

You look taller too.

You helped me get away from those guys who were going to kill us and get back to the boys! Clearly I need to do the next part of the story so I can tell people how it really happened.

REReader said...

Yes, please!

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll make sure to bend...I was going to say 'over for you', but DW's back, so that would end in some form of terrible smutty comment. Bend down for you, love. So's you don't feel overwhelmed by the big tall policeman.

I remain certain that my...err...'plan'* wasn't as good as yours.

(*non-existent.)

John H. D. Watson said...

Waiting for backup was the sensible option. Mine was the completely mad option.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think waiting for backup would have ended far worse than your plan.

Anonymous said...

I chose lates because I sleep better if I go to bed when it's dark, and whenever I've done a night shift I've ended up coming home after dawn.

Sherlock's inventive recipe sounds promising, although he ought to know better than to mess with wallets and keys. Glad Mycroft's authority still works.

Special forces? Helicopters? Yes, we need another installment of the story and soon!

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm definitely not looking forward to trying to sleep tomorrow. Too hot, too bright, too much fun to be had.

Completely failed to nap this afternoon.

John H. D. Watson said...

But there was no way to know that at the time.

Greg Lestrade said...

there was no way to know anything at the time. Still, lucky you ignored me. Gave me my first taste of the Nanny Glare (Grade 3)

Ttid said...

Take care tonight, Greg

jeff said...

theres a guy looks like you been following me is it you?

Greg Lestrade said...

Um... I don't think so.

If you're worried you're being followed you should call your local police station or 101. If you feel there's a direct threat to your safety, dial 999.

If you're worried it's me because you know you've committed a crime, feel free to turn yourself in :)

jeff said...

why would I turn myself in and make it easy for you lot?

Greg Lestrade said...

Because you hate to see your taxes wasted?

Sadly, though, I fear you're just hallucinating (fantasising?) about good looking men following you ;)

Of course, if you'd like to give me a full account of your recent movements, preferably with alibis/witnesses, then I can confirm or deny if I actually have been following you. Maybe include a picture of yourself, too?

pandabob said...

I can see where the fantasies might come from Greg ;-)

I'm guessing all ops will be over before I even wake up in the morning so please stay safe and catch all the people you should with as little work as possible :-)

I hope you're enjoying your book John and that sleep comes peacefully for you at some point (or boy sitters are found and you can sleep together tomorrow)

Desert Wanderer said...

but DW's back, so that would end in some form of terrible smutty comment

Don't hold yourself back on my account.

I chose nights, because when you're low-ranking it's the only time you get to have any responsibility, and because I fall firmly into Doc's camp WRT early mornings.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha.

Thanks, just about to start the briefing at midnight, then might be a bit busy to give many updates! But I'm sure it'll be fine.

I hope you're asleep, John, but if not, send me a text and I'll call when I'm free or something.

REReader said...

If and when you have a bit of time, any updates you can manage would be much appreciated. :) And if you don't have time--best of luck!

A from NW said...

In response to the question, I vote less than 1% too. For one thing, there's a difference in the mental impact of facing a handgun and an assault rifle.

Eep! I'm glad Simon was nearby to respond, and kitchen knife or not, I personally would like sharp pointy things to stay away from our men and women in blue. :) On a curious note, are you trained to react in these situations, or do you learn it on the job?

I wish you and your team the best tomorrow on the raid, hope you're all wearing unnecessary bulletproof vests, and that one day, some day, you get your chair back from Sally (or her new chair, whichever one comes first).

~A from NW (who needs to sign up for her exam. Ahh!!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Went well, 6 arrests and tonnes of stuff to work through/evidence. A good night.

REReader said...

Congratulations! (I most sincerely hope you don't have to go through all that stuff before going home...)

pandabob said...

Great job Greg :-)

I assume you didn't have to sort it all before you got to go home and therefore you're home with your boys now (if not I hope you are home very soon)

Can I recommend a hot water bottle filled with ice somewhere near your person while you try and sleep today, I hope you get some quality sleep. :-)

Anonymous said...

Tons of evidence and tons of paperwork? It will keep you busy and off the street for a bit, anyway.

Pandabob, I've never tried an ice water bottle, but I may yet, this summer. My usual daytime defense is a fan on low, to provide moving air for coolth and white noise to block out some of the daytime noises.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

We started sorting it, days shift and more SOCO have taken over now.

And it's already too warm to sleep. Especially with Sherlock sitting on me. (But I told him he could come and sit with me, so he's allowed, until John's done in the shower and ready to do things for th day.

pandabob said...

I'm glad you're home and I hope you manage some sleep :-)

RSF - ice hot water bottles work brilliantly for the kids, they actually sleep!

Anon Without A Name said...

Sounds like a good night's work, Lestrade :-)

Hope you get enough sleep today.

(For those not in the UK wondering if the British ever stop talking and complaining about the weather: a) no; and b) the weather has just done the same thing it did a few months ago before it got cold and rained for two months solid - the temperature has risen by about 10C in less than a week, so it feels a lot less comfortable than if the temperature had been rising normally over the summer allowing us to acclimatise.)

Greg Lestrade said...

...and I think I'm going to be grumpy for today.

pandabob said...

You're allowed to be grumpy when working nights its a law I'm sure of it ;-)

If you can't sleep maybe adventures will make you smile? I hope at some point sleep comes though

Anonymous said...

Nameless, I think this year everyone's been complaining about the weather. But a 10C jump? Ouch! I think I'll just sort of mumble about Boston's odd summer now.

L, any chance you can get down to the cellar with a cot or a sleeping bag to try for some sleep in a dark, cool place? That's my only hope when I *have* to sleep in the day.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - It's the same reason we were moaning last time it got hot. Where we are, there's been a 13 degree rise in under a week. - 10 degrees in a day and a half.It's not that it's terrible hot, it's that it's very sudden.

I think we're going swimming outdoors. I will probably fall asleep in the pool or next to it. I'll slap on the sunblock and put up with John's dark glares when I tan anyway, and his nose and ears go pink :)

Anonymous said...

I don't like sharp changes in the weather either, but here it's been more like ten degrees F than ten C. (Mostly. We did jump 20F this spring for a few days.) I can take hot days as long as it gets cool at night, but that won't help you if you have to sleep in the day much. Swimming sounds nice, though. Did you ever find that colorful sunblock for Sherlock that folks were talking about?

rsf

REReader said...

Swimming is good. For falling asleep, though, a lukewarm bath is best--just warm enough so your body doesn't try to compensate by shivering, soak for half an hour or so. The cooling effect should last long enough to let you drop off.

(I'm just hoping it's not horribly hot and humid Saturday night/Sunday, because it's one of the two major--25
hour--Jewish fasts...Tisha b'Av. :( )

pandabob said...

Did you manage much of a sleep in the sun Greg? I hope you all enjoyed your swim its a lovely day for it :-)

Anonybob

Greg Lestrade said...

Didn't sleep much, but Sherlock did show me how good his diving is, and we did a bit of that. And Mycroft can hold his breath underwater for ages!

pandabob said...

Adventures are almost as good as sleep ;-) and it sounds like you had a great time :-)

REReader said...

Sounds like you had a fun afternoon, and that the boys provided their own antidote to a lack of sleep! (And you can sleep tonight, after all. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm working tonight.

REReader said...

AGAIN?!?

:(

Greg Lestrade said...

Two days, two nights, two earlies, three days off is my schedule now.

Anon Without A Name said...

RSF - seems the weather this year's been crazy for everyone on both sides of the Atlantic.

ReRe - Lestrade's shift pattern is two lates, two nights, two earlies then two days off, I think - definitely two of each shift in a row.

Lestrade - hope you managed to get at least some rest today. I think it's supposed to cool off just little a bit the next day or two.

pandabob said...

I hope work treats you well Greg :-)

How was the day for you John? I know Greg wasn't the only one missing sleep :-( I hope the swimming was good and that the three of you are tired enough to sleep properly tonight :-)

REReader said...

Two days, two nights, two earlies, three days off is my schedule now.

Ouch!

(Are the three days off in a block, or divided?)

Anonymous said...

I hope you get a nap at least. Or a fairly quiet night.

rsf

REReader said...

Oh, I almost forgot! What recipe did you invent, Sherlock?

Greg Lestrade said...

I almost get 4 days off, as I sort of get an extra between my last night - book off at 6am, back on for six the next day. Then the three are in a block.

I'll let Sherlock tell you his recipe tomorrow - he should be in bed now, I hope.

REReader said...

Well, if it works for you... :) (Anything that requires I be somewhere at 6:00 am is doomed to disaster!) I hope tonight won't be too brutal. Will you be going through all the materials and stuff you collected last night?


I'll let Sherlock tell you his recipe tomorrow

Yay! Something to look forward to! (No, not sarcastic, I mean it. :))

pandabob said...

Only if you're not in court Mr which I very much hope you're not this week :-)

I guess work needs to be entertaining tonight to keep you awake but I hope its reasonably uneventful ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about Sherlock's recipe too. I hope the results were edible!

Your shifts sound a bit awkward, L, so I'm glad the days off are a bit longer than they would be otherwise. I hate having a different schedule each day, but some patterns are worse than others. Twelve on and 24 off, though, takes the "please don't ever do this to me again" cake.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - There's a famous shift pattern (famous because everyone hates it) called Whitham B, which is the worst I've ever worked. It includes working 7 nights in a row, and a number of short-changes, where you come off a night at 6am and go back on a late at 5pm. You're essentially working a different shift almost every day, and you never know if youre coming or going. It was hellish! And, happily , now rarely seen.

Back on surveillance tonight. Not much happening yet. too hot, probably :)

REReader said...

If things get too boring, you could always search out Jeff and give him a thrill! (Stay safe. :))

Anonymous said...

L, you're right, that's awful. I will stop complaining about having to work until 8 (our late night) and be back at 9 the next morning (our earliest opening.)

RR, if Lestrade's going to hunt anyone out for a thrill I think it ought to be John! ;D

rsf

REReader said...

Ha, RSF--that's not the kind of thrill I had in mind! :D

Anonymous said...

But it's the best kind!

L, if you're bored, check out this link for the only reason I might watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics...

http://gawker.com/5928651/mary-poppins-will-fight-voldemort-at-the-olympics-as-organizers-struggle-to-include-more-random-british-things-in-the-ceremony

rsf

REReader said...

That link is HYSTERICAL!

(I've never seen an Olympics opening ceremony live, only bits in clips, because they are always Friday night, and I can't watch then. And I can't even listen to music at all this week, so even if it weren't Friday night I couldn't watch. *shrug*)

Desert Wanderer said...

Lestrade, have you ever had to pull rank overtly?

Desert Wanderer said...

Actually, Doc, that question's for you, too.

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - thanks, not bored yet, but I shall look at some point.

DW - not really, I don't think. Why?

REReader said...

I don't know if you'll be so interested in this video, L, but I have a feeling Sherlock will find the idea of scientists creating a sort-of jellyfish from rat heart cells pretty intriguing--you might too, John. :)

(Yes, I am supposed to be working on a project that is due shortly, why do you ask?)


What's up, DW? Do you need to pull rank on someone or has someone pulled rank on you? (If the latter, tell us who to hate!)

Desert Wanderer said...

Just curious. I've always been taught that if you have to pull rank, you've lost from the start, but I'm in a situation where it's quickly becoming my only option. It's not a comfortable feeling, so I was just wondering if you'd ever had to. Since you haven't, any advice on avoiding it?

Anonymous said...

DW -- if you've got someone who is pushing to the point where all the reasonable options are fading and the end results of whatever you're working on are your responsibility, then go ahead and pull rank. Do it cheerfully, and openly, while pointing out that you wouldn't bother if ______ (the little obstructionist wasn't being unreasonable or if the matter weren't important for your long term career, whatever happens to be true).

Don't think of it as losing, think of it as pulling out your trump card in a case of need. Ranks exist, to a certain extent, for the purpose of ending the argument about who is in charge.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll have a thing, DW. Sorry, good for nothing right now

Greg Lestrade said...

Best Olympic story I've heard so far - beach volleyball courts...pitches...whatever? Are suffering problems because squirrels are burying their nuts in them and they really hurt to tread on with bare volleyball-playing feet...

Those are going to be annoyed squirrels come winter when the courts are gone and they're hungry...

pandabob said...

That's brilliant :-) better than the flags story that's for sure!

Are you having a fun day? I hope it involves some sleep and lots of fun ;-)

REReader said...

Shhhh, L, you'll have Sherlock determined to go feed those squirrels come fall!

Speaking of which--how's your finger doing, Sherlock? I hope it's healing nicely after getting blood on the ceiling! (And I'm really looking forward to hearing about the recipe you invented.)

And Mycroft--I'm in the middle of listening to a lecture series on religion and philosophy, and yesterday I came to the first of two lectures on Kant, which made me think of you. :). I was wondering if you've been looking into philosophy any further or if you decided to set it aside for a while?

I hope eceryone is having a fun and restful day!

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for who ever gets the job of raking the nuts out of the sand every morning. Can you imagine trying to put that on your resume? Do you go with "Morning Nut Handler"? or "Furry Tail Nemesis"?

rsf

REReader said...

:D

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - John is an expert nut handler, no matter what time of day. I shall offer him to locog.

John H. D. Watson said...

Squirrel nuts are not my specialty.

Greg Lestrade said...

They could've been, if you'd chosen to be a vet not a doc...

I've got a favour to ask you. Amd Mycroft. And maybe Mrs H or Anthea...

John H. D. Watson said...

DW - I have had to, yeah. Once was my fault, I knew what the guy's issue was and I should've dealt with it earlier and I didn't. Best I can say for myself is that I never let it happen again.

The other time...I still genuinely have no idea what I could've done differently. I also still feel like I should've been able to do something, but maybe that's unrealistic. No one can get it right all the time, or at least I've heard rumours to that effect.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - is this favour to do with squirrel nuts?

Greg Lestrade said...

...no. Dont think I can even make a tenuous connection between the two, sadly.

John H. D. Watson said...

Excellent. In that case, what is it?

Greg Lestrade said...

You know last year, you offered to come to Steve's grave with me? And I said no because...well, because.

Well, if you'd still be willing to, I thought this year maybe you could come? Probably about time I introduced the two of you, in the only way I can now.

If Mycroft doesn't mind looking after Sherlock with vague supervision.

It's the anniversary of his death tomorrow, so I thought when I finish at 2 I could pick you up and we could go, if everyone else is okay with that.

John H. D. Watson said...

Of course I will. I'm glad you want me to. Thank you.

Mrs Hudson and Mycroft don't mind...Sherlock doesn't mind as long as we don't get ice cream without him.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ice cream afterwards, maybe? Sounds like a good way to end the afternoon.

Thanks. It means a lot.

John H. D. Watson said...

You're welcome, love. It means a lot that you want me to, too.

Ice cream afterward sounds good.

REReader said...

(*having caught up from last year*) I'm sorry you lost someone special to you, L--that always leaves a whole in your life, and the parts of them they leave behind with you don't really make up for it.

kholly said...

Once again you're making me really glad you found each other. It's a difficult anniversary to be sure, but I worry about you less knowing that you've got John there giving you whatever support you need. And then ice cream with the boys for a good celebration of life after.

Greg Lestrade said...

RR - They definitely don't make up for it. nothing does. I would love for John to have met Steve. And...well, there's a lot of things I wish had gone very differently for him.


Kholly - yeah, it means a great deal to me that John is happy to be a part of me remembering Steve. I think it takes quite a lot to do a thing like that.

REReader said...

It's a lovely testament to Steve that he's remembered so well and missed so much. I am sorry he's gone.

pandabob said...

I hope the weather smiles on you tomorrow Greg and that you can share more stories with John and let him get to know Steve better through the memories of someone who loved him.

Special people live forever in the memories they leave with those around them :-)

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