January 15, 2004

Bean and Flame

On Tuesday, Ryan, Sara and I hop over to Subway to grab lunch and on the way back to the office we make a stop at Dartmouth Convenience on Route 6 for beverages.

Usually there is a somewhat-surly man behind the counter, one who does not speak much. He may be the owner, and English may be his second language. But he stands out, because we like to joke around and this fellow never really gets into the spirit of it.

On this day when I grabbed my iced tea and sunflower seeds, I decided to ask about the price of a really cool lighter they were selling. This thing is like a little flame thrower.

As I looked up to the fellow behind the counter, I realized at once that it was Mr. Bean! (It might have been Rowan Atkinson, but I digress)

So I asked Mr. Bean how much the lighter was. He told me it was $14. Terif! I'll take the lighter, the iced tea, and the seeds. One of those things required a check of my ID. I think it was the iced tea (mind altering substance). I tried to pay by credit card, and it took long enough for a line to form behind me.

To lighten the mood, I quipped to Ryan and Sara that he was doing a background check to approve my purchase of the flame thrower. I hoped there wasn't a waiting period, because I wanted to start lighting fires right away.

When the slip finally came out of the credit card machine, Mr. Bean said, "Aha! 1989 was a very interesting year for you!" Now I knew I was in trouble. Bean was on to me. But even though he had joined us in our joke, (or perhaps because he had) he allowed the transaction to go through.

As soon as we got outside, Ryan exclaimed: "Did you notice who that guy was? Mr. Bean!"

(Postscript: The Zippo lighter is called MPL - Multi Purpose Lighter. Those purposes being of course lighting things on fire, lighting other people on fire, and lighting yourself on fire. I imagine. But "MPL" are also the initials of a good friend of mine. I wonder, should I try to collect items which match the initials of all my friends? Perhaps if I were ever really bored.)

Posted by James at January 15, 2004 1:19 PM
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Not just items, but actual weapons! JAL=... uh... not sure. Some kind of launcher, I guess.

Posted by: Julie at January 15, 2004 1:54 PM

JAL = Justice League of America, of course.

1989? The year you graduated college? I don't get it.

Posted by: Mike at January 15, 2004 3:03 PM

Oh wait, that would be JLA. Good thing I reread everything I type. JAL = Japanese Airlines?

I need coffee.

Posted by: Mike at January 15, 2004 3:05 PM

And another thing while I'm rambling. Any idea why the comments on your website are dated about 36 minutes into the future? Is your webhosting server in Nova Scotia or something?

I'm done now.

Posted by: Mike at January 15, 2004 3:07 PM

The guy who runs the server is a nice guy, but he doesn't set the clock very well.

It's disconcerting at times. I should drop him a line about it.

As for 1989, the clerk picked that number out of the air. He was just joking along. :) It wasn't a background check he was looking at, as he was pretending. It was my credit card receipt.

Posted by: James at January 15, 2004 3:12 PM

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