Fred Bacon, the former Strood socialist councillor who died yesterday, often had a quiet grin on his face as he debated issues.
It was in keeping with his sense of fun.
One day we were chatting and the subject got around to musical tastes.
It was as we were discussing this that we discovered we shared our admiration for Tom Lehrer.
In particular we both doubled up at one particular song - poisoning pigeons in the park.
On his last council meeting, he came across to the press bench and slipped something into my hand. It was a CD compilation he had put together of his favourite Lehrer songs.
I play it whenever I get a chance: it's by the side of my computer at home, in a well-thumbed corner of my collection.
I know Fred will be reading this when he gets a moment.
In which case, mate, enjoy Lehrer's words one more time:
We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society
With our games.
They call it impiety,
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.
(I thought I just heard a dry chuckle).
The bus station on Globe Lane has finally got the go ahead - and no one is going to slow it down.
That, at least, is the plan.
But rather like the problems facing the local buses, timing ambitions do not necessarily match timing realities.
Arriva has had problems with customers angry at the delays caused by the road works.
It has had bigger problems (if that was possible) with the Traffic Commissioners, who have threatened it with all sorts of problems if it doesn't improve its time keeping.
The next few months will test all of us.
The whole area from Medway Street to The Brook and all the way to Union Street are to be the subject of roadworks and tree planting.
There's to be road widening.... and the mushrooms - shelters for passengers patiently queuing (in Chatham?) until they know where their bus will be waiting for them.
It will transform Chatham... eventually.
Who knows, in two years time the Queen might confer city status on Chatham during her Diamond Jubilee year.
Then again, Reading and Milton Keynes might be preferred.
I like the story I heard last night from ex-councillor Mark Jones.
Labour's former education spokesman suggested there was a touch of austerity to the by-election in River ward.
Their candidate is John Jones, a former Midlands councillor.
"It helps," he admitted.
"We've got plenty of Vote Jones posters in stock."
Ed Miliband, who is fighting his brother, David, and several other candidates for the Leadership of the Labour Party, went on the knock to help Mr Jones (J.) campaigning for votes around Melville Court.
"Hello," he said more than once to startled residents, "I'm Ed Miliband from the Labour party."
And with equal enthusiasm they replied: "Who?"
Campaigning 35 miles up the line in Westminster doesn't seem to have cut the ice in Brompton's densest housing development.
The outgoing councillor, Bill Esterson, now Labour MP for Sefton Central, also joined the campaign trail.
I hear he has been winding up the Conservatives in the Commons over the way the building programmes for the three Medway academies are currently hanging in the balance.
Among those stung into action was Cllr Reh Chishti, now also MP for Gillingham and Rainham.
Cllr Esterson - always one for sparring with the Rainham fireball - refused to stand down to allow him to speak.
Pity. It would have been interesting to hear his explanation if the Brompton Academy in his constituency fails to get the vital funds to rebuild itself to meet the needs of the pupils.
Cllr Les Wicks came out with a gem when introducing the new Youth Justice plan.
"This will make sure they are not left hanging," he said.
I thought capital punishment in Medway was replaced by a spell in the colonies.
That's it for a time. I am off for a couple of weeks, and plan to do an Otis - sit on the bay watching the tide roll in.
Before I go, I cannot avoid mentioning the demise of the public's few parking spaces at Gun Wharf.
The council requires you to book in advance for a parking space. Except there aren't any.
So grannies, pregnant mums, arthritic pensioners and others must park at the bottom of the hill (if there is an space at the library) then struggle up the hill.
I have advocated a number of times councillors upon election should be required to break a leg. That way they would discover what a lot of their decisions mean to a lot of local residents.
The sooner the car parking is 24/7 "pay and display" the better. Why is it that the public has to pay, but not the public servants they pay?
After all, 339 of them earn in excess of £50,000 a year (and don't pay for the privilege of parking).
Clearly, it really is time I had a holiday.