Section 80 has a beef about flying
…when the garden once again gave delight and not a summons to labour they sat down with a glass of Californian red.
Vernon was reading Atlas Shrugged and Nsansa was, as was her habit, browsing through a book she had lifted from his shelves. Vernon had read Full Circle with great interest and he was pleased that Nsansa was discovering it now as well. Given the extensive travelling she had undertaken, some of it involuntarily, he was interested to find out whether Palin’s observations rang true with her or not.
Nsansa looked up from her book; “Listen to this joke a Korean told Palin whilst he was there. Its set in a restaurant. The waiter says “Excuse me there’s no more beef. The North Korean replies, “What’s ‘beef’?” The Japanese asks, “What’s ‘no more’?” The South Korean responds “What’s ‘excuse me’?”.
Vernon laughed and said, “Very good, and the uptight Beliefs and Values teacher asks ‘What’s a stereotype?” I suppose it all goes to show relative everything is.
Nsansa chuckled over the joke a few minutes more and then quizzed him earnestly; “Do you like travelling Vernon, does anyone actually like travelling or do they like arriving and swapping memories?”
Vernon thought carefully; it would be a moment that would come back to him randomly, fragmentally or whole, on a number of occasions in the years to come. “I don’t know. I think I’d have to say that I often do consider travelling as part of the fun as long as airports aren’t part of the process. For that reason if we go to Edinburgh let’s not fly, I’d rather drive than queue up for the privilege of being treated like a criminal.”
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