June 12th, 1990
Johannesburg, South Africa
Continuing with the tradition established in Antigua, Hilary from my crew joined me for tea and toast this morning, which at the equivalent of two quid is a heck of a lot cheaper than it was on the island.
Hilary’s favourite place in the world is Los Angeles so we compared notes on the places we’ve been as well as the other spots we want to see. It was great being able to talk so freely about David and I find the more I talk about him, the more the need to see him grows. When I showed Hilary his picture she did a pretend swoon that made me laugh.
Met the rest of our crew for dinner and walked over to the Steakman, where I devoured the most delicious tuna steak. Seems most of the guys on our crew are straight and one in particular, Ben (ugh!) made a complete nuisance of himself when he kept trying to squeeze in next to me. Yep, another good looking, full of himself guy called Ben. Gee, how unusual!
Tony, a good friend of Carl’s, pulled Ben aside and had a few worlds with him to the effect of, “Knock it on the head!” I did an Abu Dhabi trip with Tony ages ago where most of the girls fancied him but as good looking as he is, he’s not my type.
“I can see why my mate Carl loves you,” he slurred, while we were finishing up desert.
“Carl’s like a brother to me,” I said. “One of the best for sure.”
“Top bloke,” Tony muttered, before downing the last of his beer.
The hotel has a designated crew room, which is where we ended up after dinner, with Dex as the entertainment. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much, he is absolutely spot on with the timing of his jokes and should definitely be on tv.
While I was sitting on the couch, Ben meandered over and attempted to sit in my lap but I managed to push him off, after which he found his way to Mandy, the token trip tart!
The females are heavily outnumbered, which is great news for Mandy because she’ll have her pick of the bunch. My prediction is that she’ll end up in bed with Ben (ah, Ben and Mandy, I know it so well!) and possibly Tony, if he manages to stay off the booze, which after tonight seems highly unlikely.
Like I said before, dangerous trip.