Monday, June 27, 2005

AtichooOO

On me usual walk one morning, a few weeks back, I pass a fella traversing through this area.

A stranger!

I check he out from the corner o' me eye. He look stringy lean and mean. He ain't watching me, I ain't watching he. I hustle past he, hold me head straight. Must be a thief scouting out the area.

I walk around to the other road, turn again into this road. The rain start to fall, ayyyiee, it feel soft and cool. I strolling now. I drift past a tree. Underneath that tree the lean, mean dude huddling, hugging up heself, sheltering from the rain.

He call to me. "You ain't frighten you ketch a cold?"

Oww, he sound so sweet, like a mother's boy, or like he talking to a baby. How I want to laugh. I stop to answer he.

Hear me like one Miss Toughie, "Nah man, you can’t ketch cold from rain. Cold does come from virus, you ketch it from touching things that people with cold touch, and you rub it in you eyes, nose...or they sneeze on you..."


"Nooo," he insist like he talking to a li'l chile. "The rain does give you a cold."

"When you bathe you does ketch cold?" I ask he.

"That different," he say.

"Me? I ain’t ketching no cold from no rain. I walk in rain plenty, plenty times. All over, in plenty, different places, and I never ketch one cold from one drop o' rain."


He smiling but he eyes look proper worried, he wrinkle up he brow and so. "Noooo," he still insist, “is the rain does give you cold."

And he continue hugging up heself, cloaking up under the tree while I gone me grinning way.

Maybe the rain here different, or maybe the air here different, I ain't know, I just ain't know...if you walk in the rain, or if you sleep with you window open you gon ketch a cold, that is what people here does say.

I ain't know, I just ain't know...maybe it got to be a certain kind o' rain that does sprinkle down the cold bug at a certain time o' the year; or maybe it got to be a certain kind o' breeze that does blow in the bug at a certain time o' the year...

It been drizzling li'l, li'l bit, on and off. And last night I sleep with me window open like every single night.

And I ketch a...

…watchooo…

[sorryyy]

...cold...

I ain't know, I just ain't know.


Ow Lawd, no let me see that stranger in the rain again, at least not while I got this cold.

"You see I tell you rain does give you cold. You must drink..." And he gon launch into a cold treatment using every kind o' bush from the roadside...boil this, boil that...

...WATCHOOOO...

31 comments:

Anoop said...

hahhahahhaa... that was very sweet.

Well I know I am not supposed to laugh because you have cold but then you aint a child. :)

Get well soon.... and unsolicited as it might sound, if you want to know how to beat cold the tough way, just ask me.

DCveR said...

Bless ya.
NO advice, just wish you get better.
:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Thank you dcver, I need them blessings. Feel free to give advice, in this country, everybody does haha...

Anoop, I'm still laughing at that guy, he looked so funny huddling under that tree. Now if he sees me sneezing, he will be CONVINCED it was the rain [which I have not walk in since that day weeks ago].

I'd love to hear your beating the cold advice. Garlic? Hot tea with honey and lime?

By the way, has anyone else ever heard this? That you catch colds from walking in the rain?

Anoop said...

Right, well.... take some mustard oil and luke warm it. 2 drops in each nostril.... now this will hit you very hard. :)

Well I love getting drenched in the rain. Never caught a cold.

Anoop said...

Right, well.... take some mustard oil and luke warm it. 2 drops in each nostril.... now this will hit you very hard. :)

Well I love getting drenched in the rain. Never caught a cold.

DCveR said...

Last easter me and my good half got the rain storm of our lifes, we got soaked to the bones. She got both our colds, for all I can say, 'cause I was just fine...

Dan Flynn said...

Mustard oil drops in the nose! Jeeze Anoop, why not just poke your eyes out with a burning stick while you're at it.

Gyal, ah, now you're an adult you miss the obvious. The man was a cold devil, sharing his wealth with the unsuspecting. If the twins had been with you they'd have spotted him immediately for what he was. Children know these things, they're always seeing what's no longer obvious to us who are older. By addressing him directly he was able to sprinkle you with faery dust, which has a similar chemical profile to viruses in that it's packed with stuff. And you don't want to be messing with stuff. Why do you think children run away from shadows, and gnarled trees, and bushes shaped like tigers, and sometimes... cold devils.

Anoop said...

Lol Dan..... for one, it works ;) Have been doing it ever since I was a kid....But yes its painful... not as in physical pain but more of discomfort.... This is one of the more "uncommon" common practices in India. "Uncommon" because it hits you hard, since there is mustard and that too luke warm, and hence people have not dared to try it out.
And guess who told me about this stuff? My family doctor who always insists on natural way of treating diseases as much as possible.... Same fellow GG who had a fall.

Paulo said...

Hey GG!!! I hope you get better soon. Well, in response to your question, I have got to say "YES".
Here in Brazil,especially in my State, people have this habit of thinking that getting wet in the rain makes one catches cold. I guess, if I am not mistaken, I have already caught it when I was a teen. With my adulthood now, it has not happened, and I have been under some rains, since I don´t have a car, then, I have to walk to work. As I said, I hope you get better soon.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Paulo, so you say it there too. Hmm. Interesting how some beliefs become 'facts' with just repetition. Interesting how some beliefs cross borders, cultures.

Dcver, I must say you're very generous, giving away your cold to your better half.

Oho...so that's what it was. The cold devil. Talking all sweet and innocent. Gee, wot an imagination you have, Dan. But it's only NOW that I've caught this thing, and it was a few weeks back that I saw him...

Anoop, I spent ALL nighr thinking about that bottle of mustard oil in our kitchen. I was actually tempted...but then mustard oil is fire and pepper.

I even told my mother about it, and she said you're probably laughing at me.

Does it actually CURE the cold or does it relieve the symptoms?

Or is it like one of those 'facts' we manufacture?

Anoop said...

It cures you and gives you relief.... however there was one thing I did not tell you.... Its most effective when your nose is blocked... 2nd and 3rd day of cold.....

I have always used it and there are only a couple of people who have dared to do that...

As I said, beware it hits you very hard... because mustard has that property... the procedure is...

Lukewarm mustard oil and put two drops in the nostrils... and take a spoonful of sugar in your mouth to ease the discomfort. keep Lying down for a couple of minutes on your back.

Anyway, I hope you feel better otherwise as well.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh...another thought...isn't it sad how we have to be so afraid of strangers now?

When I passed that man I thought [perhaps rightfully] that he's a thief scouting out the area.

Ale said...

well about being afraid of strangers-- maybe he was an angel actually trying to warn you not to get sick --

and boy do i have a remedy for you-- i'm sure no one has heard of it before:

take raw egg, put it in a mug, then add 2 teaspoons of sugar and really mix in very well until everything looks like a syrup.

add a pinch of baking soda- stir in

add boiling water- stir well

drink-

i know it sounds bad- but it'll take out all the sickness-

--another remedy-
take a shot of vodka- add table spoon of honey and squeeze lemmon and stir very well-
drink --

Dan Flynn said...

Gyal,

You cite the delay in catching a cold as evidence that the man wasn't a cold devil. Did you not describe him shivering under a tree? Might it be he had a cold himself, perhaps wasn't on top of his game. As a result could his faery dust have lacked lustre? I'm not yet ready to let go of the cold devil theory. Unless of course you meet him again and he turns out to be an honest Joe, passing through, minding his own business. Ah, bugger, I'm not interested in the truth when there's a good story to be told

kungfu mama said...

haha...aaayyyye coolie gyal..ah wah ya do? me hear how sic yuh sung wen ya ansa de f. Ow, me sarri fuh yuh....but tek lil bit ah yuh mudda pep sas an it gon klare everting....

u mussi rub yuh heye

an nah tek wak inna rain no mo..yuh nah no rain does gee u cole? hahahaha....ow me didi..feel betta

Dan Flynn said...

Anoop I want to say something about this lying down thing. If mustard oil is poured into the nose do you have much choice other than to lie down? Surely after such a treatment the problem then becomes one of how do you get back up?

Anoop said...

lol Dan, but she needs bed rest anyway ;)

Icylyrics said...

Ok, you folks have me busting my sides this morning

mustard oil ?
mudda pep sas ?
ferry dust ?

Truly I have met some wonderful peole who will open my imagination like never before. Obviously none of u live in the United States since I've never heard of either of these remedies, and ferry dust, seems to work better on unsuspecting males when you want them to marry you.

kungfu mama said...

icylyrics,

me deh hey inna USA, an live, an wuk, an marry, an have 2 pickney, oh by the way, me is gyal sistah..she wan an ooooonnnllly sistah..hahaha

an nah, ferry dust might not wuk, but try cooking curry an roti to get de man to marry you..12 years for me soon

Icylyrics said...

wow, that's wonderful, however I think he's been tainting my food with something so I may not have the strength. He's been speaking of starting a family quite a bit lately, much the reason I lose myself in my blogs and other writing....lol

Guyana-Gyal said...

Ahhh, you all made me laugh, that's the best medicine.

I hate being sick and very impatient with it, and always want to be doing. But asthma plus cold is never nice.

Anoop, you are going to be the cause of my downfall :-D I approached that bottle of mustard oil today and opened it, thinking maybe I should. One more day, one more day…

But then, how do I get back up after mustard oil?

Hmmm, Dan, maybe you a point. His faery dust lacked luster. Wot an imagination. You should read that book, The Phantom Tollbooth.

Ale, you ain’t much better…waaahhhhh…raw egg? Vodka? Actually I’m laughing my head off. Why are all cold cures dreadful? Have you tried your own remedies?

Oh lawd, now my dear, only sis is telling me pepper sauce. Maybe I should combine all the remedies.

Mustard oil, pepper sauce, vodka, raw egg, blend, swallow and die. Cold cured.

Icy, my sis lives in the USA. I dunno about getting him to marry…maybe Dan and Anoop have some suggestions?

Dan Flynn said...

Gyal,

Suggestions re marriage and babies for icylyrics? Hmm that's a tough one. If you don't love him honey, don't do it. Blunt and practical I know but hey, Dr Dan hands it out for free. Mind youuuuuu. If you do love him then there's some talkin' to be done pardner. Dr Dan's surgery is now closed for the rest of the day. Any further advice regarding love and pain, well, pain, see Anoop's blog above. Though I do warm to Ale's remedy... get pissed! Vodka! That's not a recipe, it's a bloody drink. Not that I see any problem with that.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I don't think I will do that mustard cure. Oh, the pain, the pain, the pain.

I'm too cranky and at odds with myself this evening.

Yes, I know Dr. Dan will absolute recommend that vodka thing, haha...

Icylyrics said...

Dr. Dan prolly has the best love advice on the whole entire net. I do love him and one day would love to marry and copulate...lol, however today I just wanna make it through the remainder of the day without melting. It's about 96 degrees here in my little town.

GG you are in my prayers, I hope you will feel better soon.

Vodka? as hot as it is here, I don't think so! I haven't had a strong drink of alcohol in about 5 years, I can only imagine the affect.

Anoop said...

Yikes... my site is not painful ;) :D

Lol.... if you mean those posts... I had always wanted to write a novel... not very sweet romance but more down to the earth à la Richard Bach. And I could not figure out a way to do the whole thing, so I decided to write a few important parts. And build the story around those.

Anonymous said...

dear GG, i guess you could well catch a cold from walking in the rain if the coconut thief was infected and sneezed as he flew overhead.
keep on walkin' with that hat on!
walkin' in the rain.....tropical at that!
aaahhhhh
kind regards,
Kanga Roo

Guyana-Gyal said...

Icy, thank you for your prayers, especially after what Anoop recommended…the mustard oil cure…oh the pain the pain…

I so hope it works out for you, romance wise.

Noooo Anoop, your site is not painful. Only the mustard remedy. The very thought of it has scared me into hurrying up with getting better.

Kanga Roo, I knew you’d be able to explain why warm tropical rain gives us colds!

Camille said...

Lawks girl...if you going to walk in de rain, den wash you face with likkle of de good ole Jamaican white rum..dat work before and after rain and also WITH or WITHOUT rain. Den you won't even be fraid of 'stangers'. I sorry to hear you is sick...hope you feel better soon. By the way you ever wonder why if you ketch cold in de rain, you don't also ketch one in yuh bathtub?? Me been pondering dat one....LOOOONNGG!

kungfu mama said...

Icy, just go with the flow, whatever was meant to happen, will happen. Enjoy everday...

And if SOME people stop scracthing their noses an rubbing their eyes....hm

Hey Kanga, how you bin? you come back after a long time man, hope you doing okies...

Anonymous said...

yes, Kungfu mama, i am laughing my way through GG's blog.
this is the highlight of the www.
i still smile every time i think of that thief up the coconut tree...
stay well and happy. enjoy the warmth.
kind regards,
Kanga Roo

Guyana-Gyal said...

Camille, Kungfu mama and Kanga Roo...all the "k's" I need to help me not catch a cold again!

Wash my face with white rum, don't walk in the rain [don't bathe either], don't rub my eyes and nose, and look out for the flying man.

Gee. Thanks for the wonderful advise all.