Take the gloves off!

It was the hottest day of the year today in Blighty. 31 degrees Celsius. Doesn’t sound that hot you think, but here – that’s newsworthy!! You’d have thought the Thames was about to disappear in a puff of steam.

The homeward bus had it’s heaters on – (For all that is goodness in the world why??) which turned the bus into a portable sauna/poaching tin.

I was leaking water from every pore of my body. (people who believe the old adage ‘Horses sweat, men perspire and women ‘faint’ have obviously never had to spend 45 minutes opposite a sweaty armpit whilst standing on a crowded bus mid-summer! – And why add the horse??)

Opposite me was an older gentleman who had seemingly wiled away the afternoon in a local tavern nursing a few Brown Ales and was now making his way home to either an empty house, (sad) or a very cross missus (also sad, but of his own making).

Bearing in mind it was this side of hell’s gate in our crowded little piece of perspiration alley, he was dressed as if for a wintery day.

He wore a wool flat cap, pulled right down as far as it could go, an overcoat and very thick woollen gloves. They were the type of gloves you could play snowball fights in and still have fingers left after ten solid minutes of shivery fun – that thick!

He was damp with sweat to the point that under his cap, his forehead had developed a small waterfall, which he kept wiping with the back of alternate gloves.

The gloves (now visibly damp with the repeated swipes to his brow and the moisture from his hands) kept sliding off slightly , but he doggedly pushing his gloves back on again and again as they tried unsuccessfully to escape to drier climes.

As I continued to watch the saga of the slippery gloves, All I kept thinking was ‘At least take the gloves off!!’ But he would not be parted from them.

I wondered at him not keeling over from heatstroke as he meandered his way down the bus to alight at his stop.

He shuffles off the bus – and promptly takes off his hat and gloves and unbuttons his coat.

Some people are just odd.

 


8 thoughts on “Take the gloves off!

  1. What a curious gentleman! Hasn’t it been HOT?! I know many people will think ‘meh’, but here in the UK this is practically unheard of. But at least it gives us a chance to talk about our favourite subject – the weather!

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  2. What a strange man…perhaps he was trying to sweat out the excess ale? At any rate he’d have needed a long shower when he got in!
    This gave me a giggle, though. ☺ It’s strange how you see eccentricity even in the extremes of weather!

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    1. Hello Adam
      Yes it is. Maybe he thought he could contain the fumes within his clothing, like a Hazmat suit hahaha!
      I was just telling Lucy that I can’t cope with the heat. I went for a walk around city centre Factor 50+ all over my face and hands (only bits visible) and still got my nose burned!
      I didn’t put it in the story, but when he got up, there was a patch of sweat (I hope it was sweat) on the PVC seat. Another guy who was standing (it was a full bus) saw the empty seat, saw the ‘sweat’ patch, wiped it with his sleeve and sat down!
      I think I would have sat on the filthy floor first!

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      1. Haha oh dear! 😆 You covered up despite the heat? You mad person!
        Oh, that is so disgusting! Me too, I’d have looked at it and said “Bugger it, i’ll stay standing, thanks!”

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  3. Hello Lucy!
    I can’t cope with the heat I’m too ‘Celtic’ in colouring. I made the mistake of going for a walk around city centre Factor 50+ slathered all over my face and hands (only bits visible) and still got burned on my nose!
    Yes he was strange. I didn’t put it in the story, but when he got up, there was a patch of sweat (I hope it was sweat) on the PVC seat. Another guy who was standing (it was a full bus) saw the empty seat, saw the ‘sweat’ patch, wiped it with his sleeve and sat down!
    I would have to be pretty damned tired to do that! (no, I think I would sit on the filthy floor first)
    Nowt as strange as folk as they say (will we ever find out who ‘they’ are?)

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  4. That’s pretty odd, but maybe he was sick? I had a fever once in the middle of a hot summer, and it made me feel so chilled that I actually began to shiver uncontrollably. Like, teeth-chattering shivering. I had to go outside and bundled up myself too (but not like this gentleman).

    Many old folks or people on blood-thinning medication can also feel chilled pretty easy compared to those of us with good circulations.

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  5. Hello Jason. Summer fevers are horrible. I thought that at first but was 31 degrees outside and hotter on the bus,
    He’d had a couple of drinks (aroma) but not drunk think the heat made it more obvious.
    I was worried he was going to collapse from heat exhaustion as he was quite red faced and the sweat was dripping off him.
    He took his gloves and hat off as soon as he got off the bus and that’s why at the time I didn’t think he was ill – but you could be right Jason. You always see both sides Jason. :0)

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