People – they are the problem. But first though, the rest of the walk; I heard that the Viking Star was coming in to the harbour as I was walking down Clarence Road. At that point the ship was at 3-Bar. On the approach to portsmouth there are a set of four buoys, labelled respectively 4-Bar, 3, 2 and 1-Bar. With the ship being at 3-Bar, I knew I was unlikely to get to the waterfront in time to see it come in through the harbour entrance. And indeed, as I was walking dow the high street the cruise ship was passing the head of the high street. I have been wanting to get a picture like this for quite a while.
When I got to the end of the Haslar Marina Pier Wall (HMPW) , I looked to the north, and I could see that Portchester was obscured by a mist, at the time though I wasn’t sure if it was heading away from or towards me. As it happens, it was the latter. I lingered on the HMPW, I saw the mist absorb first the Prince of Wales and then the Spinnaker. Interesting.
Now, back to the real subject of todays post. The problem being people. It is difficult to tell you just how much I enjoy talking to people. It’s mostly about what I am doing and why, and occasionally other conversations. This morning was I think the first negative encounter. I was walking along the high street for the second time when I was approached by a man on a bike. He started talking to me, and it was clear that he was very, very drunk. There was just something about him that made me nervous, almost a threat of violence. He didn’t, and I did everything I could to get away from him as quickly as possible without antagonising him. Luckily I was able to do so. But it was unnerving.
It won’t stop me.