Strategic Temper Tantrums
Do they Ever Work?
Top: Temper tantrum tried to avoid long customs lines arriving in Italy from Greece. Result: abject failure. Cost this guy 4 extra hours!
Bottom: Temper tantrum exercised in a Madrid luxury car dealer-ship. Result: they fixed his car immediately! Saved at least a day!
The Speed Trap
Italian Riviera, 1964
by Michael Brein
(Reproduced from the Audible audiobook version of
Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100!
Written by Michael Brein; narrated by Gary Roelofs.)
Do They Ever Work?
The Art of Miscommunication!
“I don’t always throw tantrums in my travels, but when I do, they most always work!” . . .
Such might have said the world’s most interesting (Dos Equis) man, but, clearly, he doesn’t ever need to throw a tantrum, but some of us might benefit somewhat by doing so.
Here are a few vignettes of mixed success of temper tantrums strategically placed. A couple are outrageous; another may be more on a slow burn, but effective, nonetheless.
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Ready to Crash!
Is It What You Say? Or How You Say it?
Some stories are funny only in retrospect, like the one about the “mad bomber.” A man on a plane (our Donald, again!–see an earlier posting) just prior to takeoff said something to the passenger seated next to him about being “ready to crash” in the sense that he was tired and ready for sleep.
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Crapper!
The Airplane Loo: A Room with No View!
There was once was a man named Donald who was using an airplane restroom, seated on the john, but who FORGOT to lock the door!
A VERY large buxom woman, presumably from an Eastern European country, now proceeded to open the door and back her way into the restroom–the only way she figured she could–in order to be able to use the commode–for it would have been exceedingly difficult for her to negotiate turning around in order to do so.
Continue reading Humor at a Cost: Urban Travel Myths?
Just Doing the “Right Thing”
An American couple and their child were driving in a Eurasian country when a little girl darted out in front of their vehicle. She was hit, but not seriously hurt. To do the “right thing,” the American man drove the little girl to a doctor in a neighboring village. To “show good faith,” he left his wife and child behind. He later returned to find that they’d been hanged by villagers who’d grossly misunderstood what happened.
Continue reading A Chilling Trilogy: Just Plain Bad Luck!