Monday, March 22, 2010

Sticks & Stones

"Ow," I mutter as I fiddle in the dark with the lock on my hut’s door.

I have walked back from a bar where I’ve watched No Country For Old Men, and I felt some affinity as Llewelyn Moss drags his battered body across the Mexican border whilst Chigurh stitches his various wounds in a bathroom*.

My body voices wealth of complaints, a male voice choir of nags. A third degree burn on my ankle weeps – a result of an ill-advised dalliance with a petrol soaked flaming length of rope – whilst the remaining flesh around it, by the end of a day walking on it, is inflamed and swollen. Burnt shoulders – a difficult to avoid hazard of five hours of snorkelling – have resulted in rather unpleasant sweat blisters, which gross me out, and nips from territorial Trigger Fish provoked whilst diving pepper my body, which whilst not leaving any long term damage nor being especially painful at the time certainly hurt my feelings.

Oh, and I have been bitten by lots of flies. Oh, and scratched by coral. Oh, and stung by microscopic jellyfish (I assume).

I lock my door and whimper. Tomorrow I will be strong.

*Oh, Spoiler alert! That’s what I’m supposed to say** right?

** Oh… before I say the spoiler, not down here. I get it now.

7 comments:

Brennig said...

Five hours of snorkling? Christ, life's tough, eh? Lucky guy!

Shane said...

You, sir, are a man's man - a man amongst men, a man amongst jellyfish (microscopic).

Afe said...

I hear Jellyfish wee is supposed to help with those coral scratches.

Jane said...

Those microscopic jellyfish that give you invisible stings are actually bits of old jellyfish, like jellyfish psoriasis. Couldn't be more annoying. I'm with you, brother.

Huw said...

The scabbing came off the burn today. It is all looking very pink and shiney.

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i am not your freud said...

well you're supposed to have sunburns. that's usually what sun does to the english :) and yeah all that other stuff are just side affects of being in the sea. at least you got to enjoy the sea. look on the bright side, huw; you could be stuck at home studying statistics.