Day 5 – Perry
Listening to: Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
I was doing really well today and was thinking I’ve got this smoking lark cracked. Then I was sick as a dog!
the day got off to a good start. I got up early and after breakfast, while waiting for my interpreter I lit my first cigarette of the day. I drive from my hotel to the Moto GP at Mugello and parked up on site. I spark up my second cigarette of the day as I walk the short distance through the pit area to meet the crew and the rest of the team.
All the local promotional models start to arrive and I greet them and then while I’m waiting for them to change I’m already on my third cigarette of the day and it’s only 9.30am. I brief the team and fire them up, today is race day and it’s is going to be very busy and also very hot.
The rest of the day is a bit of a blur until the race starts in the mid afternoon. Then we get a chance to relax, regroup, drink lots of water and smoke a few cigarettes.
An hour or so after the race finishes we start to wind the operation down and while the crowds bay to get out of the park we start to dine, have a couple of beers and relax. One of our drivers who also cooks a great BBQ presents us all with a feast. I didn’t realise how hungry I was until this point. The beautiful Italian food hits the spot, as we sit in the sun and eat Al fresco. It’s a warm satisfy feeling to know you’ve worked hard with a great team and then enjoy each others company over good food, drink and banter.
When I finish I spark up a cigarette, I’ve got a bit of catching up to do. I was so busy today I never got the time to shoe-horn a fag break into the day. As I’m filming my diary cam daily for Smoke Swap I remember there was a Marlboro stand nearby. One of the team there gave me a branded lighter a couple of days ago. I thought it maybe a good idea to do a piece to camera in front of the famous red and white stand or maybe with the Marlboro Girls. One of the crew man the camera and I spark up another cigarette and I deliver my thoughts to camera.
All of a sudden I’m feeling red hot, break out into a sweat and I can feel my legs are about to buckle beneath me. I find somewhere to sit until the nauseous feeling pass. Thirty seconds later I run behind one of the trucks and the contents of my stomach come flying out. The cameraman isn’t far behind me and gets a shot of my pavement pizza.
I leave it a few hour before I smoke again. It was such a perfect day but spoilt by one to many cigarettes. The over-riding memory of the Mugello Moto GP for me is going to puking behind a truck. I should stop smoking now and forget Smoke Swap. It’s probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.
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