The Tale (Tail) of Bondage Bob (Scotland Part 1)

Mitzi Szereto and Teddy Tedaloo at Loch Lomond

Mitzi Szereto and Teddy Tedaloo at Loch Lomond (Yes, Dorothy, that's a rainbow coming out of my head)

 

What began as a rather tedious train journey north to Glasgow (you just knew I’d work a train in here somewhere!) turned into a visit to a magical and mythical landscape – the kind of landscape that makes you confront the superficiality of what most people refer to as “Life” – i.e. that pissing away of days, weeks, months, and years in the pursuit of money to show others just how successful you are… and boozing, to show others just how popular and entertaining you are. At the end of it you’re left with nothing but regrets and lost time, because you’ve learned too late what’s really important. But that’s a subject for another day and, perhaps, another blog.

Meanwhile, back to the train. It wasn’t all that bad until we got about halfway up the west coast route, whereupon our increasingly crowded Virgin Trains car gained two new passengers: a very smelly fellow with his very smelly guide dog. Okay, I can forgive the dog – he smelled like wet dog, so be it. But I cannot forgive a human being living in the 21st Century who’s unwilling to clean either his body or his mouth. The fact that I was sitting downwind of the dog’s arse didn’t make things any easier, though at least it occasionally cloaked the stench of its owner’s breath, which had begun to permeate the entire car. As if the gentleman didn’t make his presence known by smell alone, his mobile phone (which, as one would expect from being on a train, continually went off) had as its ringtone a Tarzan yodel. Yes, I said Tarzan, as in King of the Jungle. Perhaps the fellow aspired to smell as if he actually lived in the jungle, too. Thank god I had the brief distraction of a text from a number I didn’t recognise, the message suggesting that I “get it on” with its sender and a litre of baby oil. I didn’t reply. (Considering the pinched nerve in my neck that I woke up with, I’m now wondering whether I should reconsider this offer.)

Fortunately, everything faded to a hazy memory upon arriving in the amazing land of lochs and castles and rainbows known as Scotland. Teddy (my bear) and I were invited up for the weekend by my friend Ben (whose mum happens to be a big fan of my Getting Even: Revenge Stories – smart woman!), and a change of scene was just the tonic in what had been a very upsetting week. Being Scotland, the weather was bound to be temperamental, and we expected to be thoroughly drenched on our Saturday excursion to the coast. And yes, there was a bit of rain, but there were also stunning moments of sunshine, clouds, and a multitude of rainbows that inspired me to make a wish, providing I had any hope left that wishes can come true.

We first stopped off in beautiful Loch Lomond. One of the most famous of the Scottish lochs (though not the one Nessie lives in), it’s a place where you can imagine yourself holed up for days on end, if not years, with that one special person in your life, not caring about the rest of the world with its collapsing economies and endless greed and transient human relations. (Oh, I forgot – they call this “Civilisation”, don’t they?) In this romantic setting, my friend Ben and his girlfriend Bex had each other. As for me, I had Teddy (who now prefers to be known as Teddy McTedaloo) and a pervy text message promising, if nothing else, a hell of a lot of baby oil. I had to feel bad for dear old Ted, since he had to suffer the indignity of being hung in his backpack from the hook on a toilet cubicle door while I had to spend a penny. He’s a forgiving bear though, and we more than made it up to him as we continued on our scenic road trip, which terminated in the coastal town of Oban.

Where we met Bondage Bob.

I take it I have your full attention now. It’s bad enough that even my own mother was urging me to find out what a Scotsman wears beneath his kilt, but I have to contend with you lot as well! You’re just dying to know who Bondage Bob is, aren’t you? You’re probably imagining all sorts – me dressed in shiny black latex from head to toe, swinging my cat o’ nine tails as I mete out your punishment for being a very bad boy (or girl). Hey, calm down!! You couldn’t be more wrong about the kind of relationship my friends and I had with Bondage Bob. You see, we made the acquaintance of our new friend at a little fishmongers stand at the seafront. Initially we opted for some mussels and scallops to take back home and cook up (my mate Ben’s a cracking chef!). However, not finding anywhere suitable to have a light meal at that in-between hour, we returned to get some cockles, langoustines, and a crab sandwich, deciding to have an impromptu picnic in the car. As we began to make our way back to where we’d parked, Ben determined that we needed a lobster, so we returned en masse to the very same fishmongers, who by this time treated us like family. Enter Bondage Bob, who derived his moniker from the fact that his front claws were bound in a decidedly kinky fashion.

With Bondage Bob inside his cosy plastic bag of ice, we drove off to find a nice spot to park along the seafront outside of town, whereupon we commenced to partake of our picnic of cockles, langoustines, and crab sandwich. As we ate, we plotted strategy for an invasion of one of the seafront homes (remember, this is the land of castles and invaders), the plan being to usurp the residents so that we could move in and create an internet start-up in what Ben (a techie) aptly christened “Silicon Bay”. Scarfing down my share of seafood in the backseat, I ended up with several wet spots on my jeans from the cockle juice (oi, watch it!), the pads of my thumbs turning into pin cushions thanks to not always successfully managing to peel the prickly langoustines. Their remnants I discreetly dropped out of the car window, leaving a telltale heap of shells on the road across from the multi-million-pound homes facing the sea. Let’s just say that we literally hightailed it out of there before the locals rang Inspector Taggart (there’s been a murr-durr!).

As for Bondage Bob, he’d gone from the beautiful Scottish seaside into the grimy boot of a Vauxhall Vectra, then onto the floor of the front seat by Ben’s feet, only to be relocated to the floor of the backseat by me and Teddy. Don’t think he was neglected though; Ben offered him a square from a Galaxy chocolate bar, which I ended up happily eating. After all this, not to mention our car nearly colliding head-on with a lorry, it was no wonder Bob was not looking so great by the time we got home. It was suspected that he was dead, though I was still assigned to go online to search out a way to help him meet his maker without too much emotional trauma. I’d heard that if you massage a lobster, it goes into a trance, so there could have been yet another use for that baby oil! It turned out we didn’t need either the oil or the wooden mallet Ben had bought at Tesco. Because deceased or not, Bob boiled up a right treat and did himself proud, despite his rather Shakespearean end. (Alas poor Bob, we knew him well.)

I’m now wondering if maybe I should’ve stayed in Scotland. It’s possible my friends and I could have made a go of that start-up in “Silicon Bay”. And who knows? Maybe I might have found some lovely Scotsman to carry me over one of those amazing rainbows. Aye, a wee lassie can dream, can’t she?

Bondage Bob awaits his fate

Bondage Bob awaits his fate

Bob groovin' to the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bob groovin' to the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Boiled Bob

Boiled Bob

Mitzi Szereto finishes with Bob

Bondage Bob, a distant, but fond memory


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11 Responses to “The Tale (Tail) of Bondage Bob (Scotland Part 1)”

  1. Luís Coelho Says:

    Love the writing, feel sorry for Bob.

  2. mitziszereto Says:

    Bob had a blast, don’t worry. I mean, how many lobsters do you know who actually get “christened”?

  3. Chaz Folkes Says:

    I knew someone who once bought a lobster but made friends with it on the way home, so kept it in his bath for a couple of days… I think the necessity of having to wash promted him to eat it in the end.

  4. Dick Brugman Says:

    Evening Mitzi

    A Scottish lobster.. I suppose he comes from the Clan McCray, ( boom-boom ),

    Dick

  5. faith hunter Says:

    Bob sounds tasty!
    You write most lovely!
    Faith

  6. Stuart Burrell Says:

    More importantly does clan McTedaloo have a tartan?

  7. F.Jeanette Cheezum Says:

    Mitzi, you are a hoot. I love your stories.

  8. Anne Wycoff Says:

    Oh Bob! What is it about the name? Somewhere, in the heart of destiny and all that it consumes, the name “Bob” for eons has been an after taste…thus the lobster.
    Enoyed your blog and your “Bob.”
    Clever.
    Thanks,
    anne

  9. mitziszereto Says:

    Be glad I didn’t blog about my old friend Bankrupt Bob from Silicon Valley!

  10. F.Jeanette Cheezum Says:

    This is a real hoot! You slay me.

  11. curiouser and curiouser Says:

    still pondering that baby oil… you get all the cool texts…

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