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Here’s a wee confession: since leaving full-time employment at The Oban Times, I have dallied with a bit of courier driving for a well-known delivery firm.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role, meeting many people from all walks of life and keeping busy during the afternoons when my services are required. Retirement, it seems, is not really for me at the moment, though full-time work being a thing of the past is welcome.
But there have been some surprises, not the least of which is the number of people (almost always men) who answer my knock at their door virtually or completely naked. My giddy aunt! Trust me, they’d look better with clothes on.
Less worrying, though still worthy of remark, are the number of people who seem to live in their pyjamas. I deliver to a number of addresses on a regular basis, always in the afternoons, and have yet to see some folk in their day clothes. Ho hum. Not a bad thing necessarily but perhaps a sign of these very strange times.
However, there was one incident which caused me some embarrassment. For the sake of anonymity for all concerned (apart from me, of course!), I shall not provide many details but suffice to say, it was a pleasant and sunny day at around 3pm when a lady responded to me calling at her home by opening the door in her PJs (yes, I know, why did she have a door in her PJs?).
We exchanged pleasantries and I had turned to leave, starting down the garden path, when I heard her ask: ‘Are you coming in then?’
‘Excuse me?’ I replied, startled.
‘Not you!’ she declared. ‘I was talking to the dug!’
I was delighted to hear that Chalmers and McCaig’s Warehouse are to open again, with Monday April 26 earmarked as the big day.
A good friend of mine, Mary McKie, has been a fairly long-serving member of the team at Chalmers, and I know she’s thrilled to be going back to work. I’m not surprised, as it’s great news for all the staff, and Oban as a whole.
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