Tuesday, 17 July 2018

At the seaside

 
I was on business at a seaside town in England and I finished my afternoon meeting early. I decided to take a walk on the beach.

It was warm and everyone was either swimming or lying there on the sand half-naked enjoying the sun and cooking slowly.

Not me. I decided to be as inconspicuous as possible in my pin striped suit, emerald green bow tie with pink spots, hat with a bright feather sticking out of the side, and of course, dark sunglasses. It's good to have dark sunglasses on the beach as no one can tell what you're looking at.

I must admit though, I envied all those people enjoying the cool sea. They certainly looked happy, so I decided to join them. I did what a lot of British people do when at the seaside and they don't have any swimming costumes with them.

I approached the edge of the sea and took off my shoes and socks, which I put inside the shoes. The red sock in the left shoe and the green sock in the right shoe … that way I’ll remember which is which when I get to wear them again. Then I rolled up my pin-striped trousers all the way to just above the knee and I walked into the sea.

Oh … it was lovely. Even though people looked at me suspiciously! I could see the expression on their incredulous faces through my dark glasses and they could not see that I was looking at them looking at me. So I had the advantage on them I think. Even though they were giggling surreptitiously and nudging each other.

Anyway … I ignored them as I am accustomed to doing when people stare at me in the street or on the train in my attire. I stood there in the sea, with water up to my knees, still wearing my jacket, tie and hat, of course. We gentlemen believe in decorum at all time ... what?

Suddenly, I started dancing and hopping from foot to foot in the sea, splashing water everywhere and attracting more attention to myself.

A woman asked: “Is this Candid Camera?”

A number of onlookers laughed at me and someone said “I think he’s filming a comedy film. Where are the cameras Mister?”

I must admit, the same thought would have crossed my mind if I saw someone in pin-striped suit dancing in the sea; but I was in too much pain to see the funny side of what was happening.

I got out of the water to reveal a huge jellyfish stuck to the outside of my right leg. Why is it that with all these half-naked people in the sea the jellyfish chose me to attack? Does he not like business attire perhaps? Or is it the feather in my hat and my green bowtie?

“Jellyfish … jelly fish …” I cried out in pain.

“Oh … quickly,” said a rotund woman sitting nearby, “you must wee-wee on it!”

How could I possibly wee-wee on it whilst wearing a pin striped suit? Or wearing anything for that matter! The creature was attached on the outside of my leg just below the knee. I can't exactly unzip my trousers in public and wee wee on the outside of my leg. It as a physical impossibility. The human wee wee apparatus is not designed for such a task; unless it has an extension!

The woman then said, “Or you can let someone else wee-wee on it!”

As I could not see a queue of volunteers ready to assist me in this manner I continued to jump up and down and hitting the jellyfish with my hat. It broke the feather right off and made the hat quite un-wearable.

A young man came running to my help and said, “You have to pour vinegar on it! Do you have any vinegar?”

“Oh yes,” I thought, “I always carry a gallon bottle of vinegar in my pocket just in case of such an occurrence.”

But I was in too much pain to say anything. I just shook my head.

The man asked someone to run to the Fish and Chips shop nearby and get a bottle of vinegar.

“I have no money!” said the other person standing nearby.

I got out my wallet and gave him a £5 note … the smallest currency I had. He smiled and ran away. I wondered if I’d ever see him again.

Eventually he returned with a small bottle of vinegar which the first young man gently poured on the jellyfish. It shrivelled and let go of my leg.

“You must get this seen to in hospital,” said the young man.

I nodded and thanked him. I turned round to get my shoes only to find that the tide had come in somewhat and taken them out to sea with the red and green socks waving at me happily as they sailed away!

There was no taxi nearby nor a telephone kiosk in those pre-cell phone days. An ice cream truck driver, taking pity on me, volunteered to take me to the hospital.

I hopped bare feet and minus my hat into the ice cream van and was driven to the nearest hospital to the melodic chimes of Mister Softee and Pop Goes The Weasel ... and Jingle Bells too, would you believe !!!

And the moral of this story, dear friends, is: Never go to sea in a pin-striped suit!

16 comments:

  1. Hilariously funny... I mean how tragic!!!
    Let me ask you a serious question...when your shoes and colorful socks sailed away to sea did they get eaten by sharks off shore???

    Blessings

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    1. I really don't know what happened to my shoes and socks, Jan. They just sailed away. I suppose, like in the old days when people put messages in bottles at sea; my shoes will turn up in some far off shore.

      God bless.

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  2. OHHH, Victor, PAINFUL! Been there--not exactly like you--but I KNOW your pain!
    Blessings!

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    1. Apparently wee and vinegar work, Lulu. At least I know about vinegar.

      God bless.

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  3. No pin stripes and fancy socks/shoes on the beach! Another hysterical story, Victor. Thanks and blessings!

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    1. I believe pin striped suits attract jelly fish, Martha. They also attract a lot of attention from muggers, I find.

      God bless

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  4. You must have missed the stay away from jellyfish sign. :) Thanks Victor for sharing your funny story. You always know how to get people to laugh.

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    1. Good point, Bill. There should have been a sign warning about the jelly fish. Glad I made you laugh though.

      God bless.

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  5. You had me at the green bow tie with pink spots! Always so fun!

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  6. Well done. Very funny! You have Mr. Softie trucks in Britain? Small world. I hate that obnoxious jingle. It drives me nuts when they come around my neighborhood.

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    1. Yes Manny; about once a week an ice cream van with its jingle music playing passes by our house. Normally these vans are in park entrances, by the seaside and fun fairs. But there are still a few that drive around town every now and then playing their music.

      God bless you.

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  7. Quite a tale! Good advice! And your socks will be just fine, They'll find a good home as will your shoes. Probably home to a hermit crab! Thanx for the smiles as always!

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    1. Any hermit crabs out there; if you find my shoes please write me at this Blog.

      Thank you Cathy. God bless.

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