Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Dan O’Neill writes:
On my way to work, I saw a middle aged builder walking towards me. A big, burly fella with tattoos. Not the kind of bloke you’d want to pick a fight with. No softy!
Anyway, he stopped dead in his tracks. Looked up at this cartoon image of Phil Lynott (above) on the wall and with childlike awe, placed his hand on the image. That moment, a massive smile burst across his face.
We could all learn from his ability to appreciate the little things in life and let the inner child peep out every now and then. A nice moment.
You have to admit you do come across as being very judgemental there Dan
judgemental, condescending, naive… a long list, actually.
Irony :) You’re both judging me it seems. Never pretended to be Shakespeare. I’m no writer and I’ve no problem with tattoos or builders Just trying to paint a picture to share what I thought was a nice moment. Perhaps badly.
Why even mention that he’s a builder*, Dan? Is it because builders are uncultured, unsophisticated brutes with no emotional intelligence or capacity for sentimental response? Because that would be pretty judgemental. And wrong. You’ll get more emotional intelligence, compassion and humanity in your average builder than you’ll get in any banker.
*And how do you know he was a builder? Middle-aged burly lad with tattoos? Work boots? Wizened face? Sure that’s any homosexual over the age of 30 in Dublin.
You’re also guilty of generalising.
That’s not irony Dan, it’s coincidence.
It’s a lovely little moment somewhat ruined by the unnecesary last paragraph.
Fair point – Fr. Dan came out for a minute. Apoligies. :D
it was a well intentioned last paragraph Dan :-)
but a nice moment observed
It was a nice moment AND a barf moment.
Out of interest, what is the kind of bloke you’d want to pick a fight with?
big burly fellow with tattoos
No – A “fella.” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fella
I liked that.
Builder sounds like a pain in the bottom. Anyone who derives pleasure from the music of Phil Lynott would be a pain in the bum area.
“With childlike awe”
Looks more like Yosser Hughes. Definitely a scouser and not a Crumlin head
Yeah, it’s more like ’78 Terry MacDermott
Ped from Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
One for the grownups, there…
I loved the bass player in Frankie, what was his name…….oh yeah Trevor Horn…
Kevin Webster back in the day.
Dan O Neill seems a bit prejudiced no?
P. O’Neill was even worse….
How come Philo is white in that painting?
Someone had to say it.
Do you swim