|Overheard at the pool
||[Jul. 29th, 2014|10:43 am]
In the showers, two men were discussing Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose: "He was mad, like that Richard Branson... He was a visionary." |
"Isambard, he was a visionary." And I didn't hear what came next, because I went for my swim.
"The problem with him was, he wore a top hat."
How could you possibly leave at that point? Or would it have been too obvious that you were eavesdropping? I think calling Howard Hughes a visionary is a bit generous, though I guess it's generally used to mean "obsessive whose values I share or admire" rather than, say, "obsessive who wasted vast amounts of time, money and other people's patience".
See above. Besides, you are so much better than I am at talking to strangers!
Oh, yes, I'm a reserved Brit, I know!
I didn't think top hats were objectionable, that's what caught my fancy about this exchange.
And it made me think of Great
, aa animated biography which shows Brunel as a small man in a very big hat...
Me too! Dunno from Isambard, but whoever mentioned the top hat, whatever he meant, I'd Friend him instantly.
Ah, maybe the two speakers differed on the interpretation of visionary - that hadn't occurred to me.
And yes, it'd have been pretty obvious, I think. Besides, early morning: swim and home to breakfast, no hanging about!
Of those three, I'd only agree on IKB- top hat, cigar and all!
I liked the way he called him Isambard: "Me and Izzy, we're like that..."
Another good layer.
Your whole event sounds like the opening of a Kipling story.
I wish my mind worked in stories - but all you get with me is these snapshots!
Priceless. I never knew what a deal breaker a top hat was.
Exactly. Maybe I should have hung around to find out why, but I like it just as it is, a not-to-be-debated absolute.