Thursday, July 13, 2006

A black eye - don't ask how he got it

Isn't it funny how people don't know how to react to a black eye?

I remember the funny, suspicious looks I used to get while wheeling my son around the supermarket on a shopping trolley when he had a black eye that he'd got from falling against something. It probably screamed child-abuse to everyone.

As an adult, especially, if you're a woman, a black eye attracts a lot of speculation but I know that South African work colleagues, even if they don't know you that well, would ask how you'd got a black eye.

The English, however, are different.

Despite everyone noticing it and being unable to not look at it, not one of them asked why I had a black eye on Monday. Apart from one, but she's Australian, an entirely different species from the English.

Well, it wasn't from a fight and it wasn't from falling down from too much red wine.

I had another bit of skin carved out on Thursday, this time just under my right eye. Ironically, however, I was attacked with a hammer on Tuesday but that didn't give me a black eye, nor, for that matter, any bruises visible outside of my clothes.


Blogger mike said...

...and can I just reassure the readers of Reluctant Nomad that, yes, Alan really is all right after being attacked with a hammer on Tuesday. In fact, he's quite remarkably and commendably all right.

12:15 am  
Blogger Pam said...

Should we see the other guy ?

12:24 am  
Blogger JP said...

...well, he did get to keep the hammer!

6:15 am  
Blogger kyknoord said...

Some people and their hobbies. Maybe you should try collecting stamps?

7:35 am  
Anonymous xmichra said...

SOme one attacked you with a hammer??? You are going to have to tell us that story (well, the rest of it).

With this kind of cancer, do you have these sort of flare ups often??? Please don't think I am not sympathetic, I am just currious since I have had little experience with someone who has survived for so long of cancer. Which i realize sounds terrible as well. :(

And i know exactly ho wyou feel with the black eye sydrome. Remember a few months ago my daughter had that black eye and I was getting the evil eye?? not fun.

1:08 pm  
Blogger Terri said...

How does being attacked with a hammer manage to come out as a 'by the way' thing?
I still chuckle about the last time I saw my sister's 2 kids - the one had a bruise on the forehed, while the other had a black eye. It looked like she'd hit the one child with the other, lol!

1:12 pm  
Blogger ExAfrica said...


we really do need that hammer story. No leaving it a week for the next posting, either.

2:58 pm  
Anonymous Dave said...

Jeez, attacked by a hammer, that sounds bad! C'mon give us the low down on what happened.

3:11 pm  
Blogger Qenny said...

Weren't you tempted to do a Matrix look to avoid stares/comments? I think I would be, but then that could be my mum's influence.

3:53 pm  
Blogger rhino75 said...

Attacked with a hammer?? You can't just leave it at that!! We NEED the whole story please...

7:47 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Sounds like you are making one heck of a scar collection... I was tempted to list my scars but there is no point... you totally outclass me... only 1 from cancer (malignant melanoma)...

oh and the synchronicity... today I told a neighbour about it though I don't normally mention it...

and you really do need to stop getting hammered... there's a message from the universe there if only you can figure it out...

9:41 pm  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

I feel you on the bruising. Nomad, go look at my butt! Somehow, that just didn't come out right? Kisses and I hope yours leaves quickly and you heal fast!

4:33 am  
Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

Attacked by M C Hammer, perhaps? Sounds like you've been having a slightly hazardous time! =)

3:36 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

mike : I may have been alright after Tuesday’s events but I felt very rough after going out on the piss with you on Wednesday night.

Pam : He said that some of his ribs felt broken.

JP : And what do I need a hammer for?

kyknoord : My old stamp collection is stuck in a box in the house in Cape Town. I could dig it out and see if I could rekindle my interest in stamps.

xmichra : I will reveal more of the story in the next few days. As for the cancer, they were two basal cell carcinomas. I’m meant to have regular checkups to have them removed when/if they appear. It’s a localised skin cancer which isn’t sinister like a malignant melanoma but if left untreated will grow and grow. have any removed that may

Terri : By the way, do you know that I was attacked with a hammer? :-) Are you sure she didn’t attack the one with the other?

ExAfrica : It has almost been a week, sorry. Will get to it soon.

Dave : I’ll have to compose the tale soon. By the way, your blog is blocked from view at work – I can’t recall anything too risqué on your blog to warrant that.

Qenny : I felt a bit silly the first day but got used to it by the second day.

rhino75 : It’s coming. I’ve been very slack about blogging of late so many apologies. Not only slack about blogging but slack about reading blogs too.

Caroline : Welcome back to the blogosphere! That’s the bad sort of skin cancer. I’ve been lucky with my sort. So far.

Babs O'Bitchin : All healed now. Thanks. Lots of kisses for your butt! :-)

LiVEwiRe : I’ve not been attacked again since last Tuesday. Well, not apart from verbally, that is.

8:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember you telling me once before about my blog being blocked at your work but I'm still at a loss to explain it.

4:46 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

I always felt that black eyes were a badge of honor! I always wished someone gave me a black eye, so I could walk around the school yard with my chest puffed out, and standing tall, with a "don't fuck with me" attitude.

9:42 am  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

In SA, we would prolly make a few jokes around it as well. Most people would assume that there would be a "juicy" story to go with the black eye... like a brawl or being caught cheating.
On the bright side... no-one at the office will be messing with you anytime soon!

11:01 am  
Blogger Dawn said...

A possible typical south african response to a black eye (prior to knowing the circumstances)and hammer attack might be, "Wow, who tried to fuck you up with a hammer. Idiot - bet they won't try that again. Hope you moered them well!"

Feel better and have regular check-ups!

9:06 pm  
Anonymous basil said...

Well don't tell us then!!!!

8:29 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Anonymous: Is that wozafriday talking? Maybe woza is a rude word here in the English Midlands? :-)

Rob7534 : I’ve had a few genuine fight-given ones. They always embarrassed me rather than seeming like a badge of honour.

ChittyChittyBangBang! : With my scars and black eye (now gone), I probably look like a street-fighter.

Dawn: I’m not an aggressive person so I didn’t moer him well even though I got the better of him.

basil : Sorry Basil, I’ve been very, very slack. I’ll get to it soon.

12:17 pm  
Blogger angel said...

dude! what can i say... where's the rest of this story bru?

4:12 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I once asked a co-worker who had a black eye, 'What happened to your eye?' I didn't know about the abusive husband.

She said, 'I walked into a cupboard.' And I believed her.

Another co-worker said, 'You have no tact.' I didn't know what the heck she was going on about. Until years later I found out. :-O

How the did hammer meet your eye? Hope it was an accident.

9:28 pm  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

I read your post, thought Oh my GOD and now I am waiting in anticipation... WTF???? You have to come back and tell all!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

12:56 pm  
Blogger H Y A K U N I N C H O said...

"...she's Australian, an entirely different species from the English".
For better or for worse, how true. I should know. I'm Australian!

1:38 pm  

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