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April 13, 2009

Disaster Dan Strikes Again

We write to report three episodes of Dan embarassing Dave on public transport.

The first was a minor incident. We have been travelling around using budget coaches and were not expecting one of the drivers to bring each of the passengers a packed lunch. Dan at least was not expecting such a service because, seeing the bag of lunches, he leaned over and deposited all his rubbish in it. The driver did not see the funny side.

On the second occasion, the driver was attempting to fix the onboard television which required him to stand partly in a doorway. A local girl, unable to see him there, was gently pushing the door closed with her foot. Dan the Gallant, despite seeing the driver, could not watch a pretty girl trying so hard without success. He gave the door an almighty – and, I should hand it to him, a very masculine – kick which sent the driver into a fearsome rage.

The third was rather more cringe-worthy. On a mini bus returning from the hot springs of Santa Teresa, we noticed three small children in the drivers´ seat. This alarmed us for a few moments but we ignored the potential danger and preceded to the back of the bus. We were reminded of our observation only when the handbrake was released and the bus began to roll away. Unable to get to the front, Dave gently attempted to warn the other passengers. He explained there was a child in the drivers´ seat and asked for someone to apply the handbrake. The other passengers ignored these reasonable requests which Dave reiterated a number of times. At this point another passenger replied “but there is a driver”. Enter Dan who commanded in a loud voice stricken with terror: “IT´S A CHILD, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IT´S A CHILD”. This shouting prompted the driver to turn around. He was at least forty and had been trying to start the engine by releasing the handbrake. Nevermind Dan, it was dark and he was very short.

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