Sunday, January 27, 2008

Things I Lost in the Taxicab

H had organized karaoke night on Friday to meet up with a friend (who we shall call Dandylion) from out of town after a long long while. It had been simply ages since we'd done karaoke and it was also nice to meet new people - friend's of the Dandylion. Didn't do a whole lotta drinking that night as now thanks to the mess in my tummy it just makes me really ill, so was quite content with 2 pints.
Guess everyone else was making up for me as when we finally left the bar, I ended piling into a cab with a drunk Dandylion, a very drunk H and a drunk out of his mind friend of the Dandylion. After some argument over whether or not we were dropping off drunk friend of D's, we made the decision to take him back to H's with us as dude would not have been able to find the board side of a barge in his present condition. Also, he made a pathetic face and whimpered "I don't want to go home."
Barely did we pull up to H's house did drunk dude bolt out of the cab and hurl all over neighbour's dive way. I gave my bag to the girls and told them to head in while I paid off the cab and scrapped the boy off the sidewalk. Boy was sending conflicting messages such as "I'm fine, I'm fine... just leave me alone." And then when I started to walk away "Where are you going? Don't leave me!!" I had just sent off the cab when boy declared "I want to go home", which meant that I then had to walk/drag/ support him to the main road and flag down a cabbie. Then spend persuading cabbie to take him home when cabbie realized that I wasn't going too.
In all this confusion it wasn't until the next morning that I realized that a bag with books - that I had JUST bought that evening had been left behind in the cab.
I was even MORE upset when I remembered that the bag also contained my fav red shawl and new sweater. I was devastated when I realized that I'm probably not going to see any of those items ever again.

I called the cab company, but they told me to call the police coz they just hand over found items to them. Filed a report with the police, but really am quite sure that in the food chain of police follow ups "missing bag of books" falls very very low on list.

Farewell to:

  • The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Penelopaid - Margaret Atwood
  • Parker Pyne Investigates - Agatha Christie
  • Can you keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
  • Playing for the Ashes - Elizabeth George
Am currently in mopey condition.
Yes Yes... I know... "Perspective" you say to me. I realize that things could have been way worse and that I could have lost purse or money or credit cards or other "valuable" items. But to me - books ARE valuable items, and I think I'm even more upset because I had gotten all of them for such a good price!

H did try to cheer me up with comfort food and apple-cinnamon tea and we all watched Dirty Dancing together and hooted and hollered every time we saw Patrick Swayze's nipples! But *sigh* I will give a tiny sob on Monday morning when I have to leave for work and cannot wear my beautiful red scarf.


CurlyGirlie said...

If it makes you feel any better - a lot of people tell me the No.1. LAdies detective agency is not as good as it's cracked up to be and I can send you my copy of Can you keep a secret? which is really good chicklit book!

The Pixy Princess said...

lol thanks CG!
But will have to disagree re book - I did read it (and the next 2 books) recently and totally loved them. Made want to pack up and head off to Botswana right away.

I don't own/read too much chick lit, but will have to admit that Sophie Kinsella's other books have made me giggle and laugh - out loud and in public even - and so was willing to give her other books a go.

Prey tell though - how are you proposing to send me this book? I live a whole lotta far away from you!

CurlyGirlie said...

It's called a courier - and one would hope you had heard of these things in your neck of the woods unless u really live in the woods! and I saw picses of the house - it is not!

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