Friday, February 06, 2009

The Man In The Bright-Orange Bio-Hazard Suit


I was walking up Government Avenue.

He was walking down.

I gave him a squiff [*] "why are you wearing a bright-orange hazmat suit and carrying a badly sealed cooler box outside parliament?" look.

He gave me a "why are you looking at me squiff [*] just because I'm wearing a bright-orange hazmat suit and carrying a badly sealed cooler box outside parliament?" look back.

I eyed the red tape haphazardly wrapped around the top of the box. I eyed the biohazard icon on the front of his suit's left shoulder. I eyed the suit into which the man seemed to be sealed.

We passed.

I turned, took a photo, wondered if I was about to die, wondered if there was a human organ in the cooler box and someone else was about to die, and then continued walking to lunch.

If this is my last blog post, you know what happened next.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Tricky said...

what. the. ****. o.O

Friday, February 06, 2009 5:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Thank you!! Exactly! It's weird!

Friday, February 06, 2009 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

He could (of course) have been transporting the (ex) Minister of Health's liver too...:-)

Monday, February 09, 2009 1:55:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

Is that something one transports, or just burns immediately?

Monday, February 09, 2009 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Normally, yes, but given the amount of alcohol that went through it while still attached to "She Who Has No Name", burning it would probably cause an explosion equivalent to a small nuke...I vote for storage in a steel and concrete-lined drum somewhere in the Kalahari instead!

Monday, February 09, 2009 4:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

Nice post which hazmat suit and carrying a badly sealed cooler box outside parliament.The red tape haphazardly wrapped around the top of the box. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

Monday, June 11, 2012 6:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't you call the cops?

Monday, November 25, 2013 6:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

You can't possibly be a South African. :)

1) Because if he was doing something nefarious he wouldn't have been doing it so nonchalantly.

2) Because by the time they would have arrived (if at all - and it's most likely they wouldn't have), he would have been long gone.

3) He also wasn't actually doing anything illegal - we don't live in a police state and we try not to treat everyone like they are terrorists or criminals (even though many people are criminals).

Since it's nearly five years later and we're all still alive I think it's safe to say that it was just one of those weird things that happens in Cape Town.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:01:00 AM  

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