Tuesday evening I was minding my own business and heading home on city transit. We stopped at a station like any other, the doors opened, the doors closed, nothing was out of the ordinary.
Nothing, that is, until I became the unwilling bench-mate of this wardrobe-malfunctioning peacock.
|Due to technical difficulty this image is an artist's rendition only.|
I hold all pant owners who decline to cover their underwear in the highest disregard, but this degree of failure is a rare breed. Firstly, all his other clothing was neutrally-coloured. If the one splash of colour had been anything but underwear, I would have admired his sense of style. What ran through my mind instead was this:
Mister, did you PLAN on looking like a baboon when you dressed yourself this morning?
It was bad. I've tried to match the colour as accurately as possible, but something my drawing can't convey is how tight they were. I learned, in a glance, more than I ever wished to know about the thickness of the cloth. The very prominent seams were dangerously strained.
It's the new corset for buttocks! Can your butt even BREATHE?
Naturally, I chose to do what any writer would do after such an experience.
I am so going to blog about this.
Then it occurred to me that rants about the "style" of wearing one's trousers hung halfway to Hades were already way overdone. Hence:
I should take a PICTURE of his butt and blog about it!!!
I'm not sure how human decency allowed that thought into my conscious mind, but the idea stuck. I was determined to somehow get a picture of this butt without the guy noticing.
- iPod? No good; it only does video and this picture needs to be high-quality.
- Cell phone? Nope... It plays a recorded duck sound when taking pictures and I can't turn that off.
- Camera! I still have it in my backpack from earlier today. YES.
I began forming a strategy. While I could probably get away with just holding a camera, taking one out only to point it at someone's butt would surely arouse suspicion. This was my plan:
- Inconspicuously obtain camera.
- Turn off flash and sound under the guise of looking through previous pictures.
- Take pictures of moderately disinteresting things through the train window.
- Lower camera and pretend to check settings while aiming at the offending butt.
- Hit that shutter button like a ninja!
- Check results; repeat if necessary.
With my scheming complete I rummaged through the contents of my backpack, shifting papers as quietly as possible. With each rustle and clatter of pencils I was sure I could feel Mr. Baboon's laser-eyes watching me, prepared to decapitate me with a glance. At last I located my camera. Carefully and casually I slid it up onto my lap.
Mr. Baboon looked directly at me.
I aimed the camera down, avoided all eye contact and deliberately gazed out the window. I held back a powerful urge to whistle.
Mr. Baboon turned away.
I slowly turned back to the camera to adjust its settings. Holding my breath, I discreetly slid the power switch to the "ON" position. Nothing.
THE BATTERY IS DEAD?!? D=
Even worse! The train began to slow down for the next stop and Mr. Baboon shifted his weight as if preparing to stand up.
He's going to LEAVE? Noooooo!
Shoving my good pal Secrecy off of the proverbial cliff, I dove for my notebook and threw it open to the first mostly-empty page. My pencil tore over the paper in a mad frenzy as I dashed to finish the obscene doodle as a reference for my future, erm...
"Work of art."
Hey look, it's a moustache!
If you need me I'll be at home, waiting for the Blog Police to show up and permanently revoke my maturity license.