Fantastic! More Wheels

Here is a bit of an update to Only One Wheel? – a post I wrote almost six months ago… before the poetry obsession.

The Smiling Chinese guy is still beaming away like a new dawn, I’m sure he was born with that smile on his face.

The name of the Other Chinese guy is Peter.  He seems to run the place and he clearly loves to entertain his customers. When I mentioned that I had posted a story about him online, I could tell he was pleased.

“How many wheels on a bus?” he said. “I don’t know…” I replied, “but that’s a lot of Wagon Wheels, I’ll get fat.”  He thinks six, I’m still not sure of the correct answer. We did resolve to count them next time we saw a bus but no-one has bothered yet. We frequently ruminate over the number of wheels on a vast array of vehicles and discuss such earth-shattering topics as, whether a Wagon Wheel is really just a fancy jam sandwich after Peter informed me there was an actual, living, human in the UK who has eaten nothing but jam sandwiches his whole life.

In terms of Wagon Wheels, I mixed it up for a little while and then one day I went back to the standard purchase, two x Wagon Wheels. When I got to the counter Peter looked me straight in the eye and nodded in mock seriousness, “Aah, a bicycle” he said. I paused for a second because I could feel a distinct contrariness rising up inside of me, I guess I was a wee bit bored with all this Wagon Wheel talk. I shook my head slowly and replied “Nah, two unicycles – one for each leg!” I think he might have spluttered. For a short while after that we just looked at each other and laughed whenever I walked in the shop.

Since then we have regularly traded all kinds of brilliant quips, puns and half-failed attempts at humour – the full gamut. He mentions sometimes that his young son likes some of the things that I like and I always say it’s because I never grew up. One day he asked where my reusable shopping bag was and I told him the story of how I lost it. The second visit after that he had a new bag for me to use, along with a new recurring pun and a good laugh to go with it.

This is the story that got me laughing today. Yesterday, a couple of customers came in to buy a bottle of Coke. He mentioned there was a special price available, “You can get two bottles for $6 and, since there are two of you” he told them “your friend should get one too”. So the friend dutifully went to the fridge and returned with a bottle of Fanta. Peter is trying not to laugh as he finishes off with a flourish. “The moment he came back with the Fanta, I looked at him and said ‘Now all you need is a stick and you will be fan-ta-stic!'”

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22 thoughts on “Fantastic! More Wheels

  1. Mr. CATSOE says:

    I’d like to comment.. but I’m afraid I’ll fall off the unicycle(s)..
    Nice story.. 🙂

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  2. Mr. CATSOE says:

    Errr… I think I’ll just stick to my Surly named Shirley.. 🙂

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    • jamborobyn says:

      I had to look it up. hehe

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        Many people ask about it.. (her). Someday I’ll take a nice picture and post it. In fact.. now that I’m thinking about it..
        “My Surly Named Shirley”.. sounds like a “title”.. yes..?? Hmm.. 😉

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      • jamborobyn says:

        I’d like to see that

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        Chivalry still lives with me.. (it’s my generation)..
        You asked… and far-be-it for me to refuse a Lady..
        I’ll do my best… BUT….
        Then I get to request a post subject.. Deal..??

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      • jamborobyn says:

        Sorry I took a while to get back to you, I was off doing many other things,and you posted about Shirley anyway. The quick and the dead!

        Also, please excuse me for mentally dressing you as the boy in blue earlier. IMHO, the single biggest deterrent to the whole cycling shebang has to be those psychedelic lycra outfits… not saying the boy in blue is much of an improvement.

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        Although I’ve done my share of “speedy” type riding.. (when I was A LOT younger).. I’ve NEVER worn Lycra. (It’s just “beyond” me.. especially today, at my age.. can you imagine??. No.. Don’t bother..!!) Must say.. you do have me giggling.. at the picture I have in my mind of me in Lycra. HAHAHAHAHA..!! 🙂

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        Not a very good picture, (or poem) I’m afraid. Shirley’s getting somewhat of a (shhh) face-lift. Will redo.. both photo and post.. when she’s “together”. 🙂

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      • jamborobyn says:

        It’s fine, thanks so much for for that – I feel as though I should curtsey. Can I mention that there is no “you” in the photo or the poem? The bike has a name and you mention on your blog how much you love riding… I imagine you two setting out on adventures 😉

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        “Curtsey” unnecessary.. but the thought much appreciated. Yes.. there is no “me” in the photo.. I am a “bit” camera-shy. But.. again being “asked” by a lady… perhaps next time. My adventuring days are long since past. Now it’s just errands and leisurely rides through the neighborhood. Hence the name. “Cruising at the speed of eight” (that would be about 12.5 km per hour.. I think) My original thought was to blog about an old guy meandering in South Florida on my bike… But somehow I got lost in my blogging and wound up writing whatever it is I’m writing. (then again.. being “lost” is my comfort zone”.. I feel right at home)
        Opps.. this “reply” is turning out to be a “letter”.
        Thanks for the time.. And THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your interest.. GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
        Stay Well.. God Bless… 🙂

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      • jamborobyn says:

        I think your original idea is a good one. One doesn’t need to travel far to have an adventure, just live with heart. The story about Gracie is really nice in it’s composition and the relationship between past and present. Love shines through that post. I encourage you to take the brakes off when you are ready, I think you have things to share with us 😉

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        Between walking my Gracie.. my little bike rides.. and living in a “Senior Building”.. Talk about “adventure”..??!!
        You’re a very sweet young lady.. (will you marry me..?? Opps.. sorry I already have a Mental-Health Specialist. Gracie) (I was actually one myself.. in one of my past lives) Share..?? Hmmm http://mrcatsoe.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/thinking-bout-joe/

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      • Mr. CATSOE says:

        You’re very welcome. Now it’s your turn.. (remember our little “deal”? The fact that you never agreed to it is completely irrelevant. LoL) I wrote about “Shirley”, now it’s my turn to pick a subject. How about something hypothetical.. “If I (you) hadn’t have had..” ? That sounds interesting.. yes..?? I’ll look forward to that. But there’s no rush… I have the rest of my life..!!
        PS.. Good Morning.. or whatever it is, wherever you are. 🙂 (picture looks like Central Park, NY)

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      • jamborobyn says:

        Your suggestion sounds challenging. Something hypothetical in relation to the past… really not the way I think at all. It might take a while to figure out why anyone would want to do such a thing unless they weren’t happy with their life, but I will do my best. Thanks

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