1 January 2009

Still, think of the money

6.45am - rise and shine

7.20am - leave my corpse-like East Yorkshire village, negotiate biting -3c snap across the M62 and up the A1 and A19

9am - arrive at TFM's studios in Thornaby

10am - go on air

1pm - come off air, pile back into car, stop down the road for fuel of two kinds - diesel for the Mondeo and a carrier bag full of chicken and bacon caesar salad wraps for me

2.45pm - arrive at Pure FM's studios in Stockport, having eaten two of the wraps on the journey down

3pm - go on air

7pm - come off air, eat two more wraps

7.15pm - go upstairs into gentlemen's convenience, change into suit and dicky bow, get angry at forgetting cufflinks and inability to style my dreadful hair

8pm - arrive at the club, ready for eight hours of music, abuse and spilt drinks on my shoes

12 midnight - lead the New Year countdown, choose Twist & Shout by the Beatles as the first song of 2009 and it goes down a storm - watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off the other day was a real help

12.05am - ring Natural Blonde to wish her a happy birthday and a happy new year, in that order. I'm in trouble if I get it the wrong way round...

12.15am - put on I Predict A Riot just as two burly, flourescent-jacketed members of the Greater Manchester Constabulary wander through on one of those routine checks

4am - say goodnight, leave sharpish, hit a deserted, freezing M62 with Alex keeping me sane on the wireless, while eating the last of the wraps

5.50am - arrive home, spend half an hour in the car on my knees in the rear footwell as I dropped my mobile phone under the utility unit between the front seats; eventually retrieve it with the aid of a screwdriver

6.30am - leave NB's birthday card on the (new) sofa with her present

6.35am - collapse into bed, 23 hours and 50 minutes after getting up

And all because the calendar is changing...

The most notable thing was how empty the roads were during the day. New Year's Eve isn't a public holiday, forgawdsakes. Why was I the only one working...? Still, I appear to have done enough for a couple more people along the way.

Hope your celebration was fun and safe.

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