Here We Go...
The past week has been a blur. You dream of something for so long and it happens unexpectedly, it's honestly still so surreal. You're left thinking of what new dream you're going to have - mine is to make a legacy. Whether it's been the first training session or the first mini interview session - it's been something I've thoroughly enjoyed thus far. Now I just can't wait to lead out the team in the League 2 campaign and before then, the first friendly against Lowestoft Town.
I'm still in the Premier Inn, the club has been funding my time here whilst I search for accommodation and I can't complain at that - the club have been very generous so far and have very much supported me in any way possible. On that note - I have to say things have been good off the managerial side of my life too. Let's rewind and find out why...
"Hey, Crystal?" I said, walking over to the reception desk. Last night we spoke a little more and I learnt more about her, honestly she seems great. "Hey Paddy, how was your sleep?" she asked, her job was of course to serve these times of questions, "Yeah it was great, I was just wondering if you'd like to go out for a coffee or something later, you know... after you finish work?" I hadn't ever been so nervous around a woman before, but she was just stunning and she took my breath away, however cliche that is. "Yeah sure, 2pm?" It was set.
I made sure I looked my best, I hadn't gone on a date as such before so I was determined to make sure this went well. I wasn't sure if she understood my feelings towards her, I mean imagine meeting some dude who had come to book a hotel room for some time and he catches feelings for a Premier Inn receptionist. Yeah, a little strange. Regardless, I arrived at the place we arranged and sat and waited for a couple minutes before seeing the most amazing woman walk towards my direction, it was none other than Crystal herself.
Now, I don't want to see like this is soppy and all but a guy like myself shouldn't be getting to talk to a woman like her so this meant something to me. I'll cut out the boring parts where we just talked and we'll get straight into it shall we? "So I've been meaning to say this to you Crystal, I honestly think you're beautiful." She looked at me blushing and I continued, "oh fuck it, I love you Crystal." There was a long pause, or so it seemed and she leant over to me and kissed me. "I love you too, Paddy," she said.
I can't talk about what happened from that moment, it's a bit too 18+ and we may have children reading this. But, I'm proud to say that Crystal is now a part of my life and I'm a part of hers. An additional bonus is that she has her own place where she has let me stay. The things I would do for this woman are endless. Let's just hope it has a happy ending from now because so far, I like this.
Back on the football front I have my first proper press conference tomorrow and I very much look forward to it. It's a time to let the fans have their first proper impression of me so I hope what I say can make them feel that I am one of them. That I can lead the club to the next level and beyond and that the club will be run in a way to allow the fans to be Colchester United. With that said, I have a new person in my life to give me a confidence boost. Life is great, it really fucking is.