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Day 38 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Sunday, 7th February 2021

The weather has taken a turn for the freezing, so it’s difficult to get out at the mo. We still got out though because my son loves jumping in freezing cold muddy puddles on the common. Afterwards, it felt good to be home and back in the warm after bouncing around like Peppa Pig.

What: More social posts
Organisation: Charity Excellence Framework

Ian was clearly happy with yesterday’s work, so I did another job lot of posts for him today. It’s relatively easy, as the template is there, and I just had to change the copy around. He’s working super-hard trying to get other charities to operate better, and I will do my best to help him in his quest.

What: Crisis Volunteering
Organisation: Shout 85258

This shift, instead of getting the vinyl records out and carefully curating my music for the evening, I turned to my Sony Walkman MP3 (I used to have an original iPod, but my partner left it on the tube on his way home from an afternoon of drinking). I started the shift bopping away to Greatest Hits Simply Red, and I’m not even sure why. It might be that I saw Sean Dyche at a recent press conference digress massively and start talking about the fact he looks like Chris Evans and Mick Hucknell (it was very bizarre). Anyway, Simply Red's hits were a really good accompaniment to the beginning of my shift, and it was quite easy to have it in the background as I was talking to people. I hit a bit of a problem though when, in the middle of a conversation, the album ended, and it went straight onto the next album which is Greatest Hits: Back to the Start by Megadeth. This completely took me by surprise, and I was not ready for 'Holy Wars… The Punishment Due' to come streaming through my ears on the back of Simply Red’s 'Fairground'. Especially when I was concentrating in the middle of a conversation and really didn’t want to lose my train of thought. I absolutely love Megadeth, but they are simply not suitable for when you are trying to talk people away from a crisis, or out of anxiety. I had to get out of it quickly, so went onto Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Here is the part where I speak about Zac Efron... Zac Efron once got me out of a real pickle at work about seven or eight years ago when one of the owners of the company I was working for brought his 10 year old daughter into the office and told every department to spend half an hour with her in order to educate her about how a business is run. It came around to my turn, and after five minutes of explaining what marketing was, and rolling off a few stats (57% of our customers heard about us through a friend) we found that we had nothing to talk about. We just started chatting about films and it came out that she was a massive High School Musical fan, and therefore a huge Zac Efron fan. She had never heard of Hairspray before (yet claimed to be a big Zac Efron fan) so I was happy to get my iPad and spend the remaining 20 minutes or so showing her YouTube videos of the Zac Efron canon and proving that HSM is actually not his best work. When her dad came back, she managed to reel off the 57% stat to prove that she'd actually learned something, which placated him and everyone was happy. What I also realised then was that Efron is a man who spans generations and has kept many people happy. I enjoyed The Greatest Showman (who doesn’t love the Huge Axeman) but do feel a bit of a guilty pleasure in my enjoyment of it – basically, I recognise why all of the critics thought it was shit, but I enjoyed the songs. I still think Hairspray is Efron’s best work. After Hairspray, it moved onto Hamilton. I listened to the first half of it before I finished my shift. I enjoyed it - it's been a while since I had a good musical theatre binge.

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