Thursday, October 19, 2006

Operation Wave

The Otter and I realise that at about 8.23am each morning, our respective trains pass one another on the way to work. This has been happening for the past 3 weeks, but it only occurred to me when my flatmate said he spotted the Otter stood on Catford Bridge platform one morning.

We begin to hatch a plan to wave at each other in the mornings. Improbable and difficult perhaps, but we have the advantage of slowish moving trains and the Otter’s eye-catching shock of ginger fur on our side. We rue the fact that there are no longer any slamdoor trains, otherwise we could open a window and, the Otter excitedly imagines, attempt the world’s fastest ever on-the-way-to-work High 5. I agree it would be quite a record to hold.

The first morning of Operation Wave is scuppered by a forgetful Otter sitting on the wrong side of the train.

I remain hopeful.

9 comments:

Dancinfairy said...

Perhaps you could also make a sign that you hold against the window - depends how fast the train is going as to whether it would work.

Huw said...

Or perhaps a banner, stretching the length of the whole carriage bearing a message such as "Southeast London Welcomes The Otter" (with big spaces between each letter).

y-vonne said...

Take this as an across the pond high five...

Anonymous said...

If you make a sign and/or banner, it should have sparkles on it. Lots of sparkles/

Monica said...

This sounds like a broken wrist at best, but I wish you success!

Huw said...

Monica: Yes, it put me in mind of something like this...

Chris said...

Hmm, I think you should find a way to exchange lunchboxes at high speed as the trains pass, to ensure a varied and interesting packed lunch each day. Although I suspect you might provide decidedly better wares than the Otter. Margerine sandwiches and a scotch egg might be the best you could hope for.

o'ernight said...

LONDONER KILLED IN SCOTCH EGG TRAIN TRAGEDY

Will said...

Make sure you buy yourself detachable fake hand (Once Upon a Time in Mexico style) so when The Otter high fives you he'll think he's broken your arm off.