A late post which only proves that I find it easier
to post a photo with some text, than write.
The image below is of Port Fairy’s
STUMP Hotel in Victoria
and not the Hotel/Bar mentioned
in my Memorable Day story.
I had been in Canada for nearly a month, in 1976, and
had arrived in Theodore, Saskatchewan.
I found myself seated at the local watering hole
with some Canadians, I had met the
previous year and a group of locals.
My first glass of coke disappeared fairly quickly
and I left my seat, walked to the bar
and asked the woman behind the bar for
‘a glass of coke, please’.
The Canadian response was ‘Pardon’.
Twice more this happened.
In frustration, I point to the
Coca-Cola dispenser on the bar.
This time her response was
‘Oh! You mean a glass of COKE!’
She hit every letter of the word precisely and clearly.
With my glass of coke in hand,
I wandered back to our table,
where I was told that I should have waited
for the waitress to come to our table.
Country pubs still do not have that
kind of service Down Under.
A few minutes later said waitress came to our table
took orders, returned and distributed drinks.
As she was leaving, having served the last
drink to thirsty drinkers,
I felt something soft brushing along my right cheek.
As I turned to see what was going on I realised
it was the waitress brushing my cheek with her hand.
After she left, one of the group told me that her son
had was about my age (25) had perished in
a drowning accident about a month earlier.
To this day I can only accept that it was true,
however, it is something that has never
slipped out of my memory.