I was not the least bit surprised, therefore, when Marcia rang the bank to arrange a withdrawal of hard currency from our US Dollar account so I had some road money to take with me tonight and the bank said, 'Sure, no problems, you can have it tomorrow.' I sighed, rang up my mate and he gave me a bung of ten grand, the maximum Angolan currency laws allow me to take out of the country.
I was only vaguely bored rather than irritated when God made British Airways tell Marcia that there were no seats left on the aircraft. I rang up my brother in Germany and he booked me a seat on line which Marcia was able to collect from the BA offices here.
So, I have cash, I have a seat on the plane and Micky is already in London waiting to pick me up. I am ready to go. Micky tells me there is a tube strike. I don't care, I find taxis far more comfortable. Apparently all the hotels are full. No problems, he put up at my club and I will be staying in a different kind of hotel.
I went to bed last night confident I had all the bases covered. Being a tight bastard I bitterly resent a simple boil costing the family so much money and inconvenience but am looking forward to being able to visit my aged grandmother in Baden-Baden once I get out of hospital. I love her dearly and have not seen her in over five years. I cannot think of a nicer place to recuperate than the Black Forest in May. Both Dominic and Alex were very concerned at the thought of me having to travel to Europe for treatment and have given me a list of the things they would like me to bring back for them.
While I was sleeping, God was scheming.
I woke up this morning and felt great. The antibiotics have clearly kicked in and arrested the spread of the infection. I was actually able to walk unaided out onto the veranda and see how my neglected plants were getting on. Now that I have lashed out all that money, now that I am committed to going, God has made me start to heal, taking away the need to go. How's that for a sense of humour?
|My upper left thigh.|
Believe it or not, this looks much better.