Thursday 4 March 2010

20 Bum Deal

Taggart was slightly peeved when she called me yesterday. Turned out that her work colleagues had been asking her if she'd 'pulled' on holiday.

'What kind of holiday do they think we were going on?!' she exclaimed. 'Don't they realise that we are mature thirty-three year olds and not teenagers now?'

It was pretty rude of them. I mean we'd told everyone that we were going to be purely relaxing and we'd chosen a hotel accordingly. One with a nice spa, rather than a nice bar. And as for men, we weren't going anywhere near the male species. We probably wouldn't even look.

Okay, Taggart did text me as she boarded her flight from Glasgow Airport to say that she was checking out whether there was any talent, but that's normal isn't it? Everyone knows that you have a nosey to see who you will be sharing a plane with. Plus even if there was some hottie it is highly unlikely that he would be sitting next to Taggart. I've flown more times than I can even remember and I've never had any good-looking strangers sitting beside me. Never. It just doesn't happen. It's a flying law. Like gravity.

There also seems to be a new rule that goes hand in hand with going on a plane trip. At least with me anyway. The fact that it is now customary for me to be on the receiving end of airport security banter. The first time was on my date with Fishy when I was told I couldn't board wearing knife and fork earrings. This time was going well initially, I didn't even beep as I went through the mental detector. As I went to collect my bag though I was stopped by one of the security guys who said he needed to search it. Fine. Just a bit inconvenient but I had nothing to hide.

'Er, what's this then?' he asked pulling out something from my bag.


'This looks a bit suspicious to me. What do you think guys?' he asked some of his colleagues holding up the object to show them. 'Do you think we should let her take this through?'

'Why don't you scan it through again on its own?' one of them suggested. 'I agree that it looks dodgy though.'

They discussed it for a bit longer, generating interest with the rest of the people in the queue. What on earth was this girl trying to take on the plane? Fireworks? A pet iguana? A pair of tweezers?

I wish. This was something far, far worse.

Everyone stared as the offending article was placed in a tray to go through the scanners. They looked puzzled when they saw what it was.

A book? Is that it? How could a novel cause such a fuss?

Yep. Just a paperback that I had picked up in the charity shop a few days before. It shouldn't be a big deal at all. Certainly not worthy of the laughter that erupted from everyone as it trundled past them and they got a closer look at it. Or to be more specific, after they had read the title...

'Does My Bum Look Big In This?'

I was mortified. I might have seen the humour in the situation were it not for the fact that I'm sure I saw some people staring at my ass. Which may also have been okay were it not that I'd dressed in leggings, making the answer to that question a resounding yes! I vowed never to dress for comfort again.

Was still slightly smarting as I got on the plane and made my way to my seat. I could see that the two next to mine were already taken. By two young, good-looking guys...

There is a God!!

I couldn't believe it. This had never happened before. Clearly the universe was trying to make up for the ordeal I had just had. I smiled at them as I sat down and said 'Hi'.

It just took a few minutes for the grin to be wiped off my face as I took in the clothes they were wearing, their voices and their relative disinterest in me.


How bloody unfair.

The journey passed in silence. It was fine though. I was pretty busy with my book anyway. Then as we were about to land the guy sitting next to me started a conversation with me. We talked about all sorts - how old we are, where we are from, what jobs we do etc. At times, weirdly, it felt as though he was flirting with me but I'd obviously got that wrong. Or so I thought until we started discussing where we were staying in Gran Canaria. Turns out he'd read the reviews of his hotel after he'd booked it and had discovered that it was popular with gay clientele and that him being a straight guy he hoped that wasn't true.

Yep a flipping STRAIGHT guy. A single, straight and hot guy for that matter and I'd sat next to him for almost five hours and not made the most of the opportunity because I thought he danced on the other side of the ballroom. It's just lucky that Taggart and I weren't looking for that kind of holiday or I would really have been annoyed with myself.

Morale of the tale? - It's obvious isn't it? Never judge a book by it's cover.


Kate said...

Glad to have you back Rapunzel!

I can't wait to hear more about your holiday. I hope things improved after your ordeal at airport security!

Did you have a good break?

Kate x

Anonymous said...

Great last line. (not to say the others werent just as great like)

Plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Yep, love the last line too. So come on, when are we going to hear about whether you pulled or not? And when am I getting my present? Missed you! x

Momma Fargo said...

Ha. Kept me in suspense.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back - pulled or not!

Hope it was a great holiday!


Anonymous said...

Such are the perils of travel.


Tuppence said...

Welcome home Rapunzel! Hope you had a great time and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it...

upsidedowngirl said...

I want to know more about tell!!xx

Kate said...

Welcome back. I am dying to know more about Mr Not Gay tell tell tell! As for airports i can sympathise having amused security guards myself....

Kate xx

Lifebeginsat30ty said...

Whew. You do not want to know what I thought it was! ;) I can think of waaaaaay more mortifying, lol. said...

They really made a big deal over a book? (Were they offended by the title?) Anyway, sounds like things got much better. I too am waiting to hear more.

Rapunzel said...

Thanks guys - I feel at home now!

I've moaned the face off everyone about being back but I did actually miss being a part of the blogging community. Am really looking forward to catching up on what you lot have all been up to. Just because I wasn't reading, doesn't mean that I don't care!

And of course I have the extravaganza to look forward to that is the bloggers night out!

Rapunzel Rapunzel x

All Women Stalker said...

Perhaps it was airport security's way of "flirting" with you :)

jo said...

i love how you came up with the perfect morale for your tale. brillaint.

Anonymous said...

Don’t fret Rapunzel,,, I bet your bum is as delightful and cheeky as your blog!

Rapunzel said...

You are a charmer Skot! x

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