An afternoon at the river

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11 years 5 months ago #26003 by Ghilly
We packed up a bit of a snack and headed off with Pilot to the Waikato River for a small picnic and a sit down under the trees in the shade.

There were a few people there, some in boats or on jet skis, some picnicking like ourselves, bigger groups and small, all in all a relaxing afternoon... or so we thought. Picnic done with, I packed the things away and we both got our books and donned reading glasses and settled down.

An older bloke walks up to us and asks if our dog is friendly. "Yes" we say.
He then proceeds to stand over us and talk.... and spray us with every p,t,k,.... well you get the picture.... he talked of his job before he retired, other jobs he'd had, computers.... (he doesn't own one)...... hard core porn on computers, how to disable a dog with a fire extinguisher by spraying it in it's face and how he had done this and then smashed the dog over the head with it......
he then went on to tell us we should sleep with one under the bed......

His camera was hauled out of the little belt loop attached carry case and we were shown photos of the river in flood, a childs artwork and a few other things I couldn't actually see on the screen.

It was his comments on how he 'defended' himself against the dog that decided we'd had enough.....
He was told that it was a rather cruel thing to do, (he seemed quite chuffed with himself over the act and described the dog as falling over on it's back with it's legs twitching.......

ok so now you may be getting the same thoughts as we were getting....
we had listened to this bloke for over half an hour as he stood over us, in the end we both realised he wasn't going to be leaving us any time soon so we said the dog needed a walk and packed up and left, he looked a bit startled at the mention of cruel acts on dogs and said he hoped he hadn't offended us..... as we walked off in one direction and he headed back to his car.

With all our stuff in the car, we decided to go for a quick walk and make sure he'd left. We ended up chatting to another dog owner for a while and then grabbed the chairs out of the back of the car and returned to our picnic spot under the tree.

I got about half a page read when I decided a quick trip to the concrete block building wouldn't go astray. Buggar me if the ruddy toilets weren't locked! All those people picnicking and the toilets locked? Yep, they were chained and padlocked. Nice!

I went back and sat down and started reading again but really, it was getting on in the day and time to start heading home again.

SO! the pleasant day at the River wasn't so restful after all due to this annoying man spitting all over us and rabbiting on about how to kill and dog with a fire extinguisher with a brief glance at how much porn is available on the internet....... no, he wasn't really creepy, just bloody annoying!!!

Oh and after asking all about Pilot, even when she waggled her way up to him, he never once patted her. She stood there wagging her whole back end and he kept his arms folded...... seeing as she was seemingly the reason he approached us, I thought it odd.

At first I thought he was some sort of warden coming to tell us that dogs weren't allowed but he wasn't wearing a uniform so that theory went away on the breeze.

The overall summary of our afternoon was "Buggar".

Yakut

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11 years 5 months ago #362517 by ame
Replied by ame on topic An afternoon at the river
Will you complain to the local council, or whoever is responsible for the toilets being locked? If not, why not?

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11 years 5 months ago #362522 by The Kats Place
you could have sat on your deck chair at home and had a pee when you wanted and not annoying man - not river though, maybe leave the hose running?

kats
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11 years 5 months ago #362524 by Stikkibeek
They say there's a fine line between sanity and insanity. Sounds like that one has well and truly crossed it![xx(]

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 5 months ago #362527 by shad297
Replied by shad297 on topic An afternoon at the river
He was probably a bit lonely and a chatter box, although overstaying your welcome is rather annoying, being spat over yuk, telling you how to defend yourself that way (yes we all keep fire extinguishers handy when we are out and about don't we?) and then not to pat your dog after asking if it was friendly certainly a bit odd. I say all this because my elderly dad is a 'chatter box' and loves talking to strangers, difference being he gets the body language cues and loves animals.

Husband, two teenagers, Stanley & Jed the greyhounds, one quail (Hawkefrost), one budgie (Chaos) small productive surburban section.

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11 years 5 months ago #362531 by PalmyCol
Replied by PalmyCol on topic An afternoon at the river
My guess is he was using the dog as an excuse to come and have a chat. Not patting the dog makes it obvious that he was not a dog person at all. Not too good about the toilets being locked.


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11 years 5 months ago #362546 by Huggiechook
Ahh - you anglo-saxons are just too polite! Us Germans have a secret weapon here - we can get even determined people to stop bothering us - qickly. But at the cost of being considered rude (;o) Cant please all people all the time _ I guess!

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11 years 5 months ago #362549 by Ghilly
Replied by Ghilly on topic An afternoon at the river
The sign on the toilet block said they were open from (can't remember the am) until dusk all year round. It was around 6pm but certainly not dusk, so I guess it depends on who locks them and what they consider 'dusk' to be. The fact that there were still plenty of people around would suggest to me that it would have been better (for the environment) if they had been left open a little later. The sun was shining, people were skiing and swimming and things were generally still in full swing.

As for the bloke... he was a stone in the shoe of a pleasant afternoon.

It was his bragging about how he sorted out the dog (there was a long story attached to this.) Yeah, he may have been lonely and/or chatty, I don't have a problem with chatty, I do have a problem with bragging about smashing dogs with extinguishers.

There were heaps of people around but he zoned in on us, literally.
We rarely go out on picnics of any sort and this was the first little outing in a year. Basically, buggar!

We'll have to try again maybe.

Kim is off to have a rather large Lypoma removed later in the week so it was supposed to be a chill out time for her..... (I'll probably get a boot up the backside for mentioning that) but it's mainly the reason why this chatty irritant was so annoying. Like I said, neither of us mind chatty, we have had long enjoyable chats with people visiting the local cafe.

Shad297, I bet your Dad is a nice person to chat with and probably has a wealth of stories to tell, unlike this bloke.

Yakut

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11 years 5 months ago #362618 by kaybe
Replied by kaybe on topic An afternoon at the river
Geez! Sounds like a creep to me - why tell any dog-owner that story? You poor things.

Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.

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