I JUST LOVE IT WHEN TRULY SILLY THINGS HAPPEN. I recently saw a story, datelined Iceland, which had me laughing out loud sitting there at St. Arbucks. I’m sure that most of the people who saw me laughing just thought that I had skipped my meds.
Nope, not this time.
What made me hit my Giggle Switch was a news item about a group of Japanese tourists in Iceland.
According to the news item the group was touring some of Iceland’s volcanoes and hot springs. Sounds like fun.
But wait! There’s more!
The fun really began when the group was ready to get back on the bus and leave. That was when someone noticed that one of their group, a woman, seemed to be missing.
Uh, oh – it’s bad form to lose the tourists.
A search party was formed and everyone started desperately looking for the missing lady. Everyone was given a description of the lady and what she was wearing. Hours went by with no success. There was fear that she may have fallen and was injured.
Finally, at 3 AM a member of the search party noticed that one of the other searchers bore a strong resemblance to the missing woman.
The kernel of this story is that the missing lady had, during the tour, gone back to their tour bus to “Freshen up,” and change clothes. When the tour group was ready to leave somebody spoke up, saying, “Where is the lady in the red jacket?” she was there, but now wearing a blue jacket.
And so the fun began.
For hours and hours the apparently “missing” woman took part in the search party’s efforts that were methodically looking for her. The description that was handed out didn’t ring a bell with her, she said. She had no idea that she was the “missing lady.”
I love stories like that. Nobody was hurt – inconvenienced to be sure, and maybe P.O’d to the max, but unhurt. If some scriptwriter had come up with that as an idea for a TV Sit-Com it would have been rejected. Fortunately, I don’t have standards that high.
While I would rather not spend a long time in a search party looking for myself I do think that it could be a chance to learn what people really think of me.
How many people are willing to look for me? How hard are they trying? Are they muttering about possibly missing lunch or are they singing my praises? When I am “found” are they saying “Thank Heaven we have found him,” or are they making threats?
It would almost be like being able to attend your own funeral, without the flowers and that slow drive through town.