My Favouritest Coach
|Television is great - a place where
everything happens for a reason, and no problem is allowed to go unresolved
before bedtme. Real life, as we all know, is more of a tatty-fa-la, about
80% of everything we feel important eventually amounting to nothing more
than a general sense of futile incompletion. A ha! But then, sometimes
everything you do over a period of days finds its purpose in the same ten
seconds. This story is neither exaggerated nor elaborated. It is simply
BACKGROUND. PAY ATTENTION, IT'S ALL IMPORTANT.
I am preparing to go to Oxford. My official
line is that I am visiting an exboyfriend on the grounds that we had something
beautiful while it lasted and we shouldn't lose touch. In reality, of
course, I am making sure that he hasn't found anyone to replace me. Furthermore,
we never even had anything beautiful - the whole relationship was based
around me losing my dignity and throwing myself at him in ever more desperate
ways. Anyways - I have only one pair of clean trousers, but this situation
is soon remedied when I spill wax all over them lighting a cigarette from
a candle. There is no time for laundry. I leave.
Arriving in Oxford, I am caught in a
torrential cloudburst. My boots, being far from waterproof, welcome the
rain as though they were part of a primitive tribe who worshipped cats,
and the rain looked like a cat. I am too drunk to care, and when the time
comes for sleep, I peel my socks off and as quickly as possible I trap
them in my travel bag. I amuse myself for five minutes playing with my
As I emptied my pockets in preparation
for sleep (my traditional drunken substitute for undressing), I think it
wise to take out my house keys and leave them somewhere safely out of sight.
so we reach...
I awake at 1:25pm, with half an hour
before my 24 hour coach ticket expires. I feel as rough as the proverbial
badger's arse, I look like a cleverer Down's Syndrome child (you know,
the one that gets the starring roles in those Drama Workshops), and smelling
like an ill horse, I rushed unthinkingly to the coach stop. I catch the
coach with five minutes to spare. I am happy, and I relax.
FAVOURITE COACH JOURNEY EVER....
|A smart business woman got on the coach
at the next stop. She sat next to me, probably because I didn't look like
I was about to start a conversation. She glanced at my leg - I followed
her gaze, and noticed for the first time that after two days of scratching,
the wax stain looked like nothing so much as a hefty wad of day-old semen.
Having to consider another person, I became aware of my own stench, which
was considerable. The woman's expression, once she got close to me, was
the expression of a person who knows that they have made a mistake.
|I decided I'd try to sleep - and I
was having some success, but as the images of semi-slumber trickled through
my head, I remembered my house keys. More particularly, I remembered
not having them. I snapped awake, said "Fuck" at what was virtually a bellow,
and starting patting my pockets in a panicked pocket check. Or, as it must
have appeared, I was trying to bat out an imaginary fire on my thighs.
|I checked my travel bag. The socks
were obviously unhappy at this disturbance. The smell that came
out of that bag.... my God, Miss Jones, the smell! I had gotten
used to my own stench, but this new assault knocked me sideways. The woman,
also within the bag's belch range, registered her disgust with an audible
gasp. Her last lingering thread of curiosity was severed by a wave of nausea,
and she looked away with her hand over her mouth.
|You know when belches slip out without
even warning you that they were there in the first place? Next, in what
I consider to be my coup de grace, I did one of those. A manly belch. A
belch. Automatically slapping my hand to my mouth and muttering "'Scuse
Me", I began to wonder at the cumulative absurdity and my general appearance,
and I started to giggle.
|I faced the window, giggling as quietly
as possible. When the woman stood up and moved seats, that just set me
off into fresh shudderings. It was a farting in School Assembly, helpless
giggle. All in all, I reflected to myself for the rest of the journey,
this had been the best coach journey of my life.
Any linguistic pedants wishing to pick
up on my use of the word "proverbial" (Badger's Arse not being a proverb)
can piss into a toaster.
And the bastard had found someone
else. Mind, you can hardly blame him for looking. Not when I do that sort
of thing on a coach, and actually find it funny.