Early in December 2014, it seemed like an
ordinary day, when during the daily stand up meeting at work, I
was again, threatening to befriend someone that had decided to elaborate
in detail a current issue which to many, was venturing far too deep into
a detailed issue. In essence, venturing down a rabbit warren……..
To clarify, my
name is Warren and I am a fluffy toy rabbit who can be awarded to
someone who goes into too much detail during the morning meeting. In
fact, I am more of a deterrent than punishment.
Sometime after the meeting I was quickly bundled away and spent the rest
of the day in a dark area, don't know where and I couldn't see anything.
I honestly thought I was being taken hostage, but I didn’t really know
what was happening to me. In this case however, I hadn't been awarded to
anyone so I hadn't expected to be bundled away. I was quite enjoying
my daily routine sitting and enjoying the company of my colleagues,
Spotty Dog (Good show), Camel (Got the Hump) and Monkey (Messing
I was eventually taken out
of the shoulder bag where I'd spent my day and found myself shoulder to
shoulder with Pooh Bear who was kitted out in some sort of flying gear.
I'd never met Pooh before but I though he had also been taken hostage,
but all was not as it seemed.
It transpires that I had been taken to the
HQ of the Ninety Nine Acre Wood Gliding Club (NNAWGC) and found myself
in the presence of Eeyore, Goofy, Postman Pat and of course Pooh Bear
who said that the name of the organisation had stuck due to its members
and the fact that the owners were definitely one wood short of a full
one (aka, 100 Acre wood – home of Pooh Bear and friends).
a lengthy discussion and much merriment with my new friends, I was
filled with joy that I was actually being treat to an “Away Day”, my day
was getting better. I was
shown round the hangar and issued with my very own flying
goggles. My treat for the day was Genesis II, a 4
metre span scale glider…Wow.
I was allowed to sit in the aircraft, whose
normal pilot was actually Postman Pat and who had clocked up a good few
hours of air time in Genesis and it was very interesting listening to
his story of Genesis and his flying experience, see the
Genesis Blog. However, I was rather
overwhelmed with what was happening to me that I had to have a little
nap in the comfy cockpit of course.
Having received suitable briefings from
the crew I was informed that the main treat was to pilot the aircraft
the following weekend, but I was not allowed to return home until after
the event - more time with my new friends.
Filled with trepidation awaiting the big day, time couldn't pass
quick enough. When the scheduled day finally arrived I unfortunately didn’t get to fly
due to bad weather – typical! Ah well, never mind, I was, however, promised
that as I had been awarded temporary membership of the NNAWGC it may
still be possible to fly sometime in the New Year. Until then, I have the
memories of what turned out to be a good day with a little concern that nobody really missed