"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cars, loos and decorating

A couple came to look at the Probe yesterday, with a view, one hoped, to buying it. She was very pleasant and chatty, he neither looked at me not spoke to me until he had inspected the car from end to end and then said, "No, not interested," before turning on his heel and walking back to his car.
"Is your husband rude and abrupt by nature?" I asked his wife, "or did he have to go to charm school to get so good at it?"

OK, no, I didn't say that, but I wanted to. Politeness costs nothing, but I hope he heard me as I took a leaf out of his book and muttered, "Idiot!" to myself as I locked up the car.

We sold it today to a very nice man who thought it was a bargain but it did occur to me that perhaps it would not be advisable for me to consider a career on the garage forecourt.

Meanwhile, I have finished decorating our new lavatory and it looks very smart if I do say so myself. The walls, while painted in a tasteful shade of cream, do look a little bare. I wondered whether some graffiti would jazz it up a bit - you know, the usual sort of lavatorial stuff, well, maybe not absolutely the usual - something innocuous, along the lines of
"Cloth Ears woz 'ere" or "No more cake for Keith!" and "Down with skool!" alongside a few cartoon drawings.
I ran the idea past Keith.
He wasn't keen. No artistic soul, that man!


J.J said...

Oh Jenny, that man sounds like a right charmer. His poor wife.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Sounds like that guy needs a "probe" up his ass! Regarding decoration of your loo, might I suggest "The Sun Page Three Calendar" to give your master (Keith) something to occupy his thoughts with while he is doing his own kind of seated "decoration"!

Jennyta said...

Yes, Jane, I feel for the wife.
YP, I'm afraid the Sun does not see the light of day in our house and is never likely to! ('Your master' indeed! Which century were you born in???)

Ellee Seymour said...

Our downstairs loo is orange and bright green, not too good if you are feeling queasy.

Rosie said...

Poor woman, lets hope one day she tells him where to go. Maybe nobody has told her that she doesn't have to put up with it.

Daphne said...

For some reason I missed this post - don't know why - - and, d'you know what, I would have said something to the bloke these days, I am getting braver in my middle-age! My husband Stephen has always tended to say to such people, "Did you get the refund?"
"What refund?" "The one from the charm school."


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