Funny thing happened on my evening jog along the village roads near the school last evening. It’s usually pretty quiet on most weekdays as people are either on their way home after work or resting in their homes but yesterday being Saturday, there seemed to be more people at home. When I passed one farm-house in particular, there were a number of children playing near their front gate. The sight of the brush-headed Chinese guy in slightly-too-short running shorts huffing and puffing as he jogged by their house seemed to be a little too weird for them. What resulted was some excited giggling and shouting in Kannada with the word ‘jogging’ peppered in between. They then started running within their compound, on the other side of the fence, matching my speed (or lack thereof). My sidelong glance and goofy grin elicited further peals of laughter from the children.
I can almost imagine what they said…
‘Look, there’s a goofy looking guy jogging outside on the road!’ (Giggles)
‘Yeah, look at him. He’s so strange. Jogging but not moving very fast.’ (Giggles)
‘Weird, isn’t he? Jogging for no apparent reason. Must be mental. Maybe that’s why he’s got that strange hairstyle.’ (Giggles)
‘Mummy, mummy, why are people weird like that?’
Almost felt that I could empathise with the tigers and lions in the safari parks or zoos when the kiddies point and marvel at the oddities of nature. Was fun at the same time because I must have caused at least two whole minutes of mirth and laughter for the children. So here I am – Exhibit D of the great wildlife show: Jogger-man. He who tries to run fast but never does unless chased by stray dogs or errant farm tractors.
And now for something different.
The first BrushHead Caption Competition! Post your caption as a comment to the excessively badly photoshopped image of the Jogger-man in captivity and win (something)! Serious.