Mushy men

surfers

Hot surfers scare the bejeezus out of me

So yesterday I was on a plane with a raucous group of blokes headed to Langkawi for a surf trip. These kind of people royally freak me out. They had Southern Cross tattoos, started ordering tinnies the second a flight attendant was within coo-ee and yelled to each other across the cabin.

FUCKING FUCK, I thought. I’m in bogan class.

But you know what? I was completely wrong. After they settled down a bit, they were lovely. They kept offering me beers and mints, chatting about their jobs as electricians and plumbers and generally being scarily good-looking. One of them even bought me a coffee and a Snickers bar when the crew refused to let me use my credit card for such a small purchase.

And then the cutest thing happened.

I was napping and also actively eavesdropping (a special stalker skill I have picked up from years of sleeping in public places) on the conversation next to me. One of the guys had to leave his 10 month old daughter to come on the trip, while the other guy’s wife was six months pregnant.

It could have been the beer but they both started crying¬†when they were talking about their children. And then they started talking about how beautiful and strong and cool their wives are. How they didn’t really want to come on the surf trip at all because they didn’t want to leave them. How their wives had forced them to go and have some fun.

It was one of the most heartening, sweet conversations I have heard in ages.

Respect to you gentlemen. You are both adorable sooks.

 

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2 Responses to “Mushy men”
  1. Lou says:

    Love it! Made me snort a little! Love it when people surprise you!
    I’m always amazed by these toothless angels who end up being complete gentlemen. I had a similar lovely thingie once when i was flying to sydney on boxing day, the plane was packed, there were bush fires and turbulence and it was back when i hadn’t flown much and had panic attacks easily. The turbulence was so bad things were flying down the aisle (miscellaneous items), i thought i was going to die, and i just got tears in my eyes trying to calm myself down silently. The woman on my left was just reading her book as though everything was fine and i didn’t want to make a scene so i tried to keep my panic as silent as possible.
    This MASSIVE man covered in tats, complete with mutton chops, a screaming baby in his arms and his right arm hugging his wife clamped firmly on his wife just leant over the aisle and patted my arm and said “you right, sweetheart? you’ll be right.” It was so nice!
    xx

  2. Lovely story, Em-la. Yeah, people are all sorts of surprising – sometimes in good ways!

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