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strange kitchen encounters

September 16th, 2008 (09:53 am)
okay

current mood: okay

Katherine and I were in the kitchen upstairs getting a cup of tea. How many stories start this way? Quite a few, in spite of the demise of the poster featuring a bowl of ducks' feet.

Anyway, a strange man said a poem at us about a bird in a tree. And we were reminded of a previous strange man on an earlier occasion who wanted me to give him my used tea bag for some apparently formidable woman from House Services whose name was meant to inspire awe in us, except we'd never heard of her.

Perhaps our work kitchen is a gateway to a parallel universe. One in which the very atmosphere is hallucinogenic.

Meanwhile, back in New Zealand...

ALSO:
This is a tiny picture of the famous poster with the bearded man thinking about a bowl of ducks' feet while being driven to work by a nurse. In case anyone wondered.

Comments

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)

Was it a poem? I think it may have been a badly translated Hungarian proverb. It reminded me of "The owl tells the sparrow he has a big head".

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)

A brownish bird in a tallish tree...

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)

It's the truest of truisms...

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)

I didn't see what was so true about it.

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)

We were too busy backing away nervously to fully understand wtf he was talking about.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: November 10th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)

"A brownish bird. In a tallish tree. Means good or bad luck. For Somebody"

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)

You already posted the duck feet poster! It's like you just can't get enough.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)

When? Where? It's true! I just can't get enough!

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)

if that's a woolly hat rather than a hard hat, he looks like a librarian, dreaming about a bowl of ducks' feet and a nice cuppa tea. lahvley.

no one tells me poetry in our work kitchen/common room.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's a hard hat.

Aw... you would've liked our poetry man.

Brownish bird in tallish tree
Swallowed half a bumblebee


(I had to make up the second line because I can't remember what it was.)

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

o but you're getting a smash feeling for poetry, cos that nicely scanned. important when things rhyme. i constantly yell at the halifax adverts cos they are dreadfully lacking in scantion.

i like that the bird is browish and the tree tallish.

shame about the hard hat. perhaps he's a surveyor with librarian tendencies. and i can't believe a red blood heterosexual man would sit a car with a nurse and think about his breakfast.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

I think you've got heterosexual men all wrong. There's nothing unmanly about sitting in a car with a nurse thinking about your breakfast. And also, what law says every man in a hard hat has to be heterosexual?

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

what self respecting gay man would have a beard like that? hooray, how to be doubly stereotypical!

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

Maybe his razor broke or something.

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

yeah and razors are so hard to come by

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

And so they should be, for razors are dangerous weapons in the wrong paws.

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 17th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

is that why bears have beards?

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

Or maybe he's a bear!

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

maybe he is. then he would be thinking about ducks' feet and a nice cuppa tea, not the nurse's tits

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

You realise that nurse might be his daughter?

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

there is always that, though father and daughter are more like to car pool than random construction/librarian and nurse.

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

But what is the nurse is thinking about? And why has it been censored?

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

She's thinking about cocaine.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

And another thing! Why would a librarian be wearing a yellow coat?

Posted by: artemiscall (artemiscall)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a hard hat.

because ordinarily he goes to work on his bike and he has a bright yellow kaguole. or rather he has it for when he goes looking at canals and railway sidings (like my line manager)

Posted by: The Living Breathing Oxymoron (motodraconis)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Heavy Plant

It's a bag of shite anyway. Save 10 minutes in the 2+ lane, spend half an hour dicking around picking up Mr Dozy Duckfeet from his house.

It doesn't add up!

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)

But you have to add up all the pairs of people picking up Mr Dozy Duckfeet, and then work out how much fuel is being saved, and the impact of that on the environment and your energy expenditure...

Posted by: The Living Breathing Oxymoron (motodraconis)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Claymation

But they don't mention that in heir poster - if they did it would make sense.

No, they just say you'll save time. THEY LIE!

Posted by: baconmatador (baconmatador)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)

What if the distance you have to travel to pick up Mr HardHatDuckFeetMan is greater than the distance he has to travel to work? Then you are using MORE fuel.

And what are the chances of a nurse and a construction worker working in the same place? For a start construction jobs move from place to place, you don't work in the same office all your life.

It's just a silly nonsense.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)

Maybe she's a construction site health and safety expert nurse person. And if they don't have those, then really they should.

Posted by: A Cat-Preserving Operation (catamorphism)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)

So you met a strange man who wanted you to teabag him.

That poster makes me miss England a lot, because I want a bowl of ducks' feet the style and tone and wording are so prototypical. The same poster here would look like:


Edited at 2008-09-16 07:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Heh.

No, I met a strange man who wanted me to teabag some allegedly important woman from House Services.

Come back! You KNOW you belong here really.

Posted by: A Cat-Preserving Operation (catamorphism)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh.

But can I save the world from England? Er, in the sense of saving the world while being there, not in the sense of saving the rest of the world from its clutches. It would be a few decades too late for that one.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh.

OK then, get a decent government established there first. Once you've done that, you might be able to be back just in time to save us from the Tories.

Posted by: A Cat-Preserving Operation (catamorphism)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh.

OK then, get a decent government established there first.

I'm trying!

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh.

I will wave a little virtual flag with a... um... ur... donkey(?) on it in support of your endeavours.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: January 17th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: Heh.

You did it! Your obligation is now fulfilled.

Posted by: Enid W (enidw)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)

That bearded man. He's hot.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)

Shall I see if I can get his number for you?

Posted by: Enid W (enidw)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)

No. I want to be the pursued, not the pursuer for a change. Give him mine.

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)

I'll write it on the poster.

Posted by: Enid W (enidw)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)

It's in a kitchen not a phone booth, right?

Posted by: Teacake (badasstronaut)
Posted at: September 16th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

It's not anywhere now. Except on a website.

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