Even though I hadn't flown her in a while, Sally started easily and the numbers for the runup were all good. It was still too early to be counted as officially "night time" but I took the runway anyway. You can never have too much landing practice.
The first circuit ended with a "go around". I had given plenty of space to the guy in front but he lingered on the active runway too long for me to feel comfortable that he would be clear before I touched down. Well, that's good practice too and now it was officially "night".
As I turned crosswind I reported, "number two" behind a Cessna. Shortly after another plane called "number three" behind me on downwind. I watched "number one" on final and made sure to give him a little extra space for a full stop landing. I made my normal base leg position report and was surprised to hear "number three" call his base. Not good.
Yes, I did let him know that he cut me off. Yes, I did go around again. I assume these were students getting some night experience. The rest of the night I had the pattern to myself.
Listen up, pay attention, be careful out there.