They say that men and women communicate differently, well I can confirm that it’s true. If you ever had any doubt then I have just experienced the most wonderfully graphic demonstration. As I was walking along the high street I could hear the dulcet tones of an engine being cranked but not starting. Sure enough I eventually hit upon a car with its bonnet raised and two guys discussing options. Despite the fact that the car clearly did not have all of the prerequisites in place for starting the woman at the wheel was not going to stop cranking. Before I get assaulted I must point out that it is not only women that do this and indeed not all women. Nonetheless when faced with a problem whose complexity is too much the option of ‘just keep trying’ does seem a popular one.
I winced as I walked past an engine that was not enjoying the treatment that it was receiving and was grateful when the guy interjected. This was no engineer, in fact I doubt he changed his own oil. So his idea to resolve the situation was simple if groundless “try it in second gear”. Now every man who reads this will think firstly that is a stupid idea but faced with the request we would all depress the clutch, how many women would follow the same logic?
Not today’s winner, she merrily selected second gear, released the clutch, turned the key and ran her partner over! Luckily the engine didn’t start but the starter engaged and the force was delivered to the wheels,, the car lurched into his knee and he did look in a reasonable amount of pain. It is difficult though to separate the pain from the embarrassment in such situations. I am not brave enough to draw any conclusions from this but I offer my apologies to the injured for laughing.
In other news I congratulate Alastair and his team at the Ship. It is not often that a business is subject to the joint scrutiny of Andrew and myself, less often still that there isn’t a Helen available to curb our enthusiasm. The guys stood up well to what started as quiet observations and ended in clear and open discussion of business practices. I saw the happiness when Andrew was hypnotically captivated by the sausage and mash on the menu board but they took it well when we steered him back to the public bar. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all and must be repeated soon, perhaps at another venue to review. As a foot note, I still miss the pub and the people in it, every time I visit it reminds me how much I need to be back in business and that I need to come and see the locals more often.