Quote Of The Day

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Sunday, June 09, 2002

I was sitting on a packed tube train reading my book the other day when a women got on and stood in front of me. I glanced up quickly. Dilemma: should I stand up and give her my seat? I guess she was quite young so I thought perhaps not. My eyes flicked up again and I noticed she had a bump at the front. Pregnant, I thought. But then again perhaps she was just plump? My eyes flicked up yet again a couple of times and I thought about it for some more. Did she look the greedy type? Was she giving off signs of being pregnant? She noticed me flashing looks at her. She turned away from me. By the time I'd decided that she was definitely well-fed rather than with child it was my stop anyway. So I stood up. And she turned round and said genuinely, "thank you" and sat down in the seat I had just vacated. Rather embarrassed, I hovered round by the open tube doors - but didn't get off. Otherwise she would have known that I was neither gallant nor gentlemanly. I ended up travelling on to the next stop and then returning in the reverse direction. I hate it when that happens. I feel so stupid.

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