One or two short, but pithy items…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to hold a hard-boiled egg in each hand, close your eyes, wiggle your toes up and down, and sing a verse or two of Ten Green Bottles.

Excuses for being late. No. 339.
I’m sorry I’m late, but I was Googling ‘Excuses for being late’.

A single overheard remark:
‘Chee-ching, chee-ching, it’s all you could hear, everywhere, chee-ching, chee-ching…’

Dave’s definitions:
Adventurer: Someone with too much money who embarks on difficult, but pointless, projects and publicises them just to show off.
e.g. Sails round the world in fairly small boat, walks to the North Pole carrying a large anvil, climbs Mount Everest (without oxygen) carrying a large anvil, etc.

Yes, we social workers often like to have interviews with our clients in the neutral atmosphere of a cafe rather than back at the office; it promotes a more relaxed feel for both the client and the interviewer. We also enjoy discussing private and confidential matters openly in loud clear voices so that the other cafe customers can hear – it gives them an insight into the kind of interesting and sensitive work that we social workers do – it also it gives us the chance to show off our well-practised communication skills to a wider public.
This piece is based on an observation I made during a cafe visit last week.

Aha! An item of spam in my comments box. It seems to be from someone called Jack-fin:
Nicely, I’m stunned you all left the very further greatest one for me? Daddy said with a teasing smile. ?It?s the hee despatched Jesus too die for uss and give us life eternally and ever dand that becajse of the we are going to be a family in heaven for hundreds of thousands of years. That?s fairly ood isn’t it?
Well, thank you Jack-fin, it certainly is fairly ood as you say. But nevertheless I do hope to hear from you again soon – Daddy is such a tease, isn’t he?

Here’s a link to a short video from 1980 that someone sent me – it is rather good. (Tango)

An observation:
In town yesterday all the men were walking emphasising their forearms and all the women their buttocks.

Yes, I’m thinking of changing my name to Jan Glee-Ringtone.

A single overheard remark:
Two bobbles!… I like it!…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to One or two short, but pithy items…

  1. See, this “neutral place communication” really irks me. As someone who was in that sort of job many moons ago, all sorts of cutbacks were being made, offices closed down and merged with larger ones. This meant that space was at a premium, so many meetings just had to take place in public areas. I was very against it, both for the workers AND the service user – who wants their private issues discussed in a café for gods sake??!! But my complaints were waved away with the excuse that it was a “more relaxed” environment. pfft!! And…..that video, wow! I almost couldn’t watch it all the way through but I did because of the weird busyness. Fascinating stuff! 😀

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Yes, at the cafe table about six feet away was a couple with their disabled teenager, and a social worker chatting loudly about her case… the girl seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the outing though…
      The video – very good for its time wasn’t it?

  2. Dana Doran says:

    The world has gone crazy. Shall we have annual physicals at a gymnasium so we can be shamed at our lack of enthusiasm about maintaining our youthful vigor? Up next: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. For a truly American version of 10 Green Bottles (is there a point?) Listen for the refrain (00:39).
    Loved the film by the way – thanks for pointing out I’m 37 years behind other surrealists.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh what a jolly song!
      I’m glad to see that Guinness was in the list – I’m not much of a drinker really, but that’s the one I have if I’m in the mood for such things.

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Yes, that video was clever & fascinating. Kept thinking they can’t get any more people in, but they did. Good ending too!

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