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My worst bottoms up moment ever

18 December 2013, 07:18

This morning, I was shaken from a nice dream by a loud shouting and screaming in the house. I don't remember what the dream was all about except that I will never have it again now there was so much shouting.  At first, I thought the man was beating the wife but then I realised she was mercilessly shouting at the poor man. The bone of contention was the man’s inability to lift a suitcase.

The man is my live-in landlord and had asked me, few days ago, to take him and his dear lady, in my car,   to the biggest airport in London as they were flying back to Africa for Christmas. Being the person I am; always eager to show the spirit of Ubuntu, I agreed. After all, chances like these; where your landlord for once, shows that he needs your help, come once in a life time.  Besides, the man has had a knee operation three day ago.

 To make up for his inability to shoulder his manly suitcase lifting duty, the man called me to his rescue. You know the time when your self esteem is not on the high side because you live with a live-in landlord. You have to queue behind him for bathroom and stuff. Now here he was being hen pecked and limited by his knee operation from fulfilling his duties and calling for my help, it felt so good.

It felt good until I saw the size of the suitcase; my God! Some women can pack. I mean the thing was so full that it looked like a drum than a suitcase. Honestly, it looked more like a big worm than a four sided normal container.  My first thought was how on earth  did she managed to close that but then I saw the man holding his clearly painful knee, and realised what she had done to the poor soul. 

My manly instinct kicked in, I wanted to show solidarity with this man. The suitcase felt like a big stone nevertheless I lifted it. As I was wrestling with this gigantic mass, I stole a glance at her face to see if she had that nervous, embarrassment smile people get when they realise they have overstep the limit of someone’s charity.  Instead, I was met with a cold impatient stare as if she was asking me if I was a man or mouse. To prove that I was not a mouse, I lifted not one but three suitcases into the car.

We finally set off. The queen was seating in the back eating chicken and rice, with two suitcases next to her. I must have driven a little too fast around the corner because the top suitcase fell on her, throwing rice and chicken all over the place. Never have I heard someone cursing like that in my life. After many apologies, which mostly went unheard, we finally arrived at the airport and offloaded the rice and chicken messed suitcases.

Then came the bottoms up moment; this is a moment when you are told at the check-in point at the airport that you have exceeded the weight limit. You either pay a lot of money or bin some of the excess weight. I call  this moment a bottoms up because of the head-down bottoms-up position you assume as you put the suitcase on the floor and take out the things you need less. I was a very reluctant co-conspirator in this one. I had mine 10 years ago and made a promise to my self that never ever will I be caught unaware.

  I nervously put the first suitcase in a weighing scale. It was 40kg instead 30kg. As the man had knee operation, it was left to me and the dear lady to do the honours.  Since we left the car, she was not talking to either of us but this moment called for fast decision making and teamwork as we decided what I had to take back. 

 They finally checked in and disappeared into the boarding gates leaving me wondering; why is it so hard for some people, especially ladies, to just stick to the weight limit?

  

This morning, I was shaken from a nice dream by a loud shouting and screaming in the house. I didn’t remember what the dream was all about except that I would never have it again now there was so much shouting.  At first, I thought the man was beating the wife but then I realised she was mercilessly shouting at the poor man. The bone of contention was the man’s inability to lift a suitcase.

The man is my live-in landlord and had asked me few days ago to take him and his dear lady, in my car,   to the biggest airport in London as they were flying back to Africa for Christmas. Being the person I am; always eager to show the spirit of Ubuntu, I agreed. After all, chances like these; where your landlord for once, shows that he needs your help, come once in a life time.  Besides, the man has had a knee operation three day ago.

 To make up for his inability to shoulder his manly suitcase lifting duty, the man called me to his rescue. You know the time when your self esteem is not on the high side because you live with a live-in landlord. You have to queue behind him for bathroom and stuff. Now here he was being hen pecked and limited by his knee operation from fulfilling his duties and calling for my help, it felt so good.

It felt good until I saw the size of the suitcase; my God! Some women can pack. I mean the thing was so full that it looked like a drum than a suitcase. Honestly, it looked more like a big worm than a four sided normal container.  My first thought was how on earth  did she managed to close that it but then I saw the man holding his clearly painful knee, and realised what she had done to the poor soul. 

My manly instinct kicked in, I wanted to show solidarity with this man. The suitcase felt like a big stone nevertheless I lifted it. As I was wrestling with this gigantic mass, I stole a glance at her face to see if she had that nervous, embarrassment smile people get when they realise they have overstep the limit of someone’s charity.  Instead, I was met with a cold impatient stare as if she was asking me if I was a man or mouse. To prove that I was not a mouse, I lifted not one but three suitcases into the car.

We finally set off. The queen was seating in the back eating chicken and rice, with two suitcases next to her. I must have driven a little too fast around the corner because the top suitcase fell on her, throwing rice and chicken all over the place. Never have I heard someone cursing like that in my life. After many apologies, which mostly went unheard, we finally arrived at the airport and offloaded the rice and chicken messed suitcases.

Then came the bottoms up moment; this is a moment when you are told at the check-in point at the airport that you have exceeded the weight limit. You either pay a lot of money or bin some of the excess weight. I call  this moment a bottoms up because of the head-down bottoms-up position you assume as you put the suitcase on the floor and take out the things you need less. I was a very reluctant co-conspirator in this one. I had mine 10 years ago and made a promise to my self that never ever will I be caught unawares.

  I nervously put the first suitcase in a weighing scale. It was 40kg instead 30kg. As the man had knee operation, it was left to me and the dear lady to do the honours.  Since we left the car, she was not talking to either of us but this moment called for fast decision making and teamwork as we decided what I had to take back. 

 They finally checked in and disappeared into the boarding gates leaving me wondering; why is it so hard for some people, especially ladies, to just stick to the weight limit?

  

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