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Have I missed something?

Have you ever had one of those one sided conversations when you don’t really understand what the other person is talking about?

The other evening I was standing at the bar – they’re the only places where I stand without complaining – and I entered into a conversation with a pleasant youngish man in his middle  twenties.

In all honesty I wasn’t saying much, my new friend being content  to do the talking, happily prattled on about all and sundry. It was after he  more than once mentioned the Middle Earth, while looking questioningly at me, that I took as a cue to join in the chat.

My problem was that I could not put this Middle Earth thing into context. I’d heard of the Middle East, of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Middle of the Road and even the  Middle Finger and its offensive gesture but I was out of the picture on Middle Earth.

In an effort not to expose my ignorance to a stranger, I just listened, nodding my head when I believed it necessary and as the words earth and ocean were mentioned a few times, I concluded he was talking about  some agricultural project.

I’m unsure how long the conversation continued in this form before he held up his knuckle of his right hand to show me a large, dull grey metal ring, I self-consciously nodded my approval and seeing a gap where I thought a jewel should be, asked what had happened to it? He stared hard at me and said that its gem-stone had been lost in the ocean. He didn’t explain which ocean and I thought better not to ask. In general I’m not lover of male jewellery but I sympathized with his loss.

My sham show of interest encouraged him to remove a heavy gold ring from his left hand, middle finger, which he gave me to inspect with the strange remark that this was the one ring. I couldn’t read the inscription written on its inner side due to the poor lighting in the bar but I returned it questioning him as to how long he’d been married.

He didn’t answer  but looked askance at me and explained in all seriousness that this ring made him invisible to girls. It was then I decided to leave and I would have done so if it hadn’t been for Georgina, a kindred spirit  who had been standing next to us at the bar, ear-wagging our banter.

“Oh may Gaawd.” She shrieked at him, leaping between the two of us, “You’re a Tolkien fan.”

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

2 comments on “Have I missed something?

  1. Bridgesburning Chris
    September 13, 2017

    I love how you tried to skate through on thin ice. Perhaps Middle Earth appreciates you more than you do it.

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    • bbryanthomas
      September 13, 2017

      Difficult to believe but I had no idea what he was talking about. Georgina explained all later

      Liked by 2 people

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