Hugh Marffy, Intake 1, Fiennes Tent.
This week we put on the blue overalls again and started with another tech week, diving deeper into the trades of mechanics and construction, as well as learning the basics of architecture and design.
We were all weary from last week’s Iron Will challenge… And the fact that it was tech week… Again. By Tuesday both intakes had failed tent inspection and we were all being made to sleep in various places around Quiet Waters (cold places). We made the most of it with campfires and general banter into the late hours of the night, although this light heartedness sadly was gone by morning when temperatures were freezing and tempers boiling. Walking into the tented area where unused beds lay neatly waiting to warmly embrace us was like torture.
Throughout the week our attitude deteriorated and cabin fever was beginning to set in until we were told about the plans for Jean’s 21st birthday! Which would in fact involve girls… This was exciting news, and immediately everyone was so upbeat and friendly again. The birthday on Saturday was a heap of fun. We started with champagne and wine at the Randle’s house where we met all the girls, this was hard though as it seemed like we had forgotten how to successfully approach and converse with the fairer sex. Eventually we were all at ease with each other, maybe even a bit too much so at times! Being on duty behind the bar was quite entertaining – watching the lads trying harder than most rocket scientists to “make it work”. I think we can safely say that the night was a success with a few casualties here and there, which was to be expected of course.
On Sunday many of us took part in a morning water polo match against the Falcon 1st team in the Mbonisa weir, which we won, surprisingly after last night’s shenanigans.
All in all it’s been a good week and with both intakes around, there is never a dull moment.