Double glazing

future fire-men

future fire-men

It was bound to be a day of excitement. The glass windows and doors were delivered last Friday. A man from Samoa with a large truck unloaded them and stored them in our garage. He was a well built and stocky man. His ankles protruded from his socks and boots like timber posts rising up from the harbour to support a bulk carrier. I asked him if he played rugby which he denied. I later found out he has six kids to support and a lovely Gauguin Tahitian like wife. He proudly showed me a photo. That would keep him as busy as any training session in any sport.

It is reassuring that there still are families bestowed with generous fruit of the womb progeny for further future development. I mean, the percentage of over 70 seems to dominate any street scene now. Only last week a scientists was being interviewed on television who claimed there is something magic in red wine which promises to be the elixir of all youth. He is trying the red wine ingredient on himself and he did look rather flush with vigour if not a bit floral as well. People in their nineties will be playing tennis soon, he enthused. One wonders though that those that are growing obese will keep those wonders of the ageing red wine contingent at bay with dying earlier. It is a neck on neck race.

So, last Monday the shop fitters arrived and installed all the glass windows and doors. It were a father and son team. Both were also stocky with belts around their waists with a variety of tools arranged hanging from them. Anyone turning up with loaded belts must inspire confidence and trustworthiness. I mean, have you seen firemen lately in full regalia? Awesome. One must be tempted to start one just to see them arrive and jump off the truck all ready for action. In fact, sometimes one reads about firemen starting a fire secretly in order to see some action. It is not unusual. It must be boring to spent so much time up a loft all dressed for action, when day after day there are no fires. The wives waiting at home; “did you have good fire to fight today, darling?” “No, he answers grumpily”. “Just dried some hoses and did some training, sliding down the pole.”

The windows and doors were fitted by 2pm. Can you believe it? It just shows that experts just do it. No fiddling or wrong measurements. The father came from a Maltese background and both his sons had visited Valetta two years before with their grand-dad. Malta is a great little country and I would recommend a stay there at any time. I wrote a story about a Maltese lady called Rosaria.
You might like to read some of it.

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13 Responses to “Double glazing”

  1. M-R Says:

    Gerard – you are an idiot. [grin]


  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Great compliment M-R. Who wants to be normal? 🙂


  3. Andrew Says:

    Stichwort Samoa: a few years ago the mighty Welsh rugby team was in the doldrums. They lost to Western Samoa 16-13. Some wag quipped afterwards, Just think how bad it would have been if we’d played all of Samoa. After that I don’t think I would ever let a Samoan in the house with or without double glazing. As for playing tennis at 90+, perhaps Margaret (Smith) Court and Billy-Jean King could try a senior seniors exhibition match.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I really was impressed. How did the Welsh team take it? The glass doors were incredibly heavy and I offered to help him carry them in. No, I’ll prefer to do it on my own, he said. He lifted them in just like that. I was so amazed.
      I have never played rugby and I’ll certainly won’t now after the Samoan experience. I am still cowering behind the double glazing.


      • chris hunter Says:

        Gerard, I thinkyou have Samoans wrong. They’re bro type people, some devout christians – of course he played rugby. To prove it all you had to do was pack down – squeezing your head between his thighs, from that point on all would be instinctive…


  4. Lottie Nevin Says:

    Ah, Rosaria, how could we ever forget her 😉


  5. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Dr. Advice was invited to join a tennis doubles group whose 90 yr. old player had just sprained his ankle. They didn’t ask me even if I have a much better back hand than the good doctor.


  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Oh I did, I did. He just lobbed one over the net.

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  7. gerard oosterman Says:

    That’s the ticket Kayti. Let him have it and don’t let up.


  8. Curt Mekemson Says:

    “It is reassuring that there still are families bestowed with generous fruit of the womb progeny for further future development.” Wow, Gerard, you outdid yourself with that sentence! 🙂 –Curt

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  9. Patti Kuche Says:

    As one of my parents’ six children I am not sure my mother was too pleased at the generosity of her fruit bearing womb but then they were good Catholics . . .


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