Monday, 18 July 2016
It happened on the bus ...
I was startled by this sudden unusual outburst. I was expecting the more traditional opening gambit, "Nice weather we've been having lately, don't you think?"
Instead I got this pirate type utterance in what seemed a quiet authentic piraty type accent. And indeed the man, or so it seems, was a genuine pirate.
He told me he was a vegeterian pirate.
Have you ever heard of such a thing, or person?
He was a vegeterian pirate. He had a carrot on his shoulder.
I asked him, "How come, if you're a vegeterian pirate, you only have one carrot on your shoulder? Why not have a variety of vegetables?"
He said that he left some room for the rabbit. He then turned to the man sitting on my other side and said "What's up Doc?"
Well, it turned out that the man on my other side was indeed a doctor. He was on the bus because someone had stolen his bicycle.
He said that he was short of cash and, if I wanted, he could give me some quick medical advice for a small charge.
As it happens, I did have a small personal problem on my mind which I was too embarrassed to discuss with my own doctor. But you know how it is, don't you? You don't want to discuss a personal matter with someone you know, but you're quite happy to discuss it with a stranger you'll never meet again. So I whispered the problem in his ear. Because I noticed that the carrot on the pirate's shoulder was trying to listen to our conversation.
The doctor asked me, "What are the symptoms?"
I told him they were yellow cartoon characters on TV named Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa. I wondered what that had to do with my medical problem.
He then asked me, "How's your libido?"
I replied, "I sold that Italian car; which is why I am now travelling on the bus."
He explained that there was nothing to be ashamed of in my situation and that sometimes people do have strange habits in the bedroom. The trick is to be spontaneous.
"Let's not be English about it" he said. "If you feel like being amourous with your wife in bed; you don't knock her on the head with your umbrella and say 'Hey ... have you got a minute?'
"Be adventurous. Be amourous at any time and at any place."
"Mind you," he continued, "they'll never let me in that restaurant again !!!"
After a moment's silence, he went on.
"Some people have a problem in the bathroom too.
"For example, I had a patient once who suffered from rheumatism. So I advised him to keep away from any dampness whatsoever. Now he sits in the bath and vacuum cleans himself.
"Another patient always took an alarm clock with him in the shower. He would set the alarm at exactly eight minutes and then shower quickly before the alarm clock rang. He would rinse himself first, put shower gell all over him and create a great lather of soap, and then speedily rinse it off before the alarm bell rang.
"If he was not quick enough, he would still get out of the shower, even if he was still covered in soap, and put his clothes back on again. He never bothered to dry himself to save on towels. Instead he would wring his arms, legs and other bits before getting dressed."
At this point, mercifully, the bus reached my stop and I got off hurriedly. In my haste, I dropped the stick of celery that was resting on my shoulder.