As I mentioned earlier,
my buddy Brother T and his family
took me camping to Dolphin Point & Burrill Lake (down past Ulladulla)
on the weekend.
Much joi was had and I would like to relate a tale which may be of interest.
After setting up camp
it came time to make a short trip into town for staples.
After procuring these goods we were relaxing in the car,
enjoying the tranquility
and a relaxing beverage,
when we were approached by a group of fellows.
We presumed they were locals and greeted them accordingly,
and they indicated that they would enjoy a conversation.
We idly exchanged banter
then I noticed that one of these fellows had a some sort of paling
and seemed to be examining it
in what I assumed was the reflection
of the streetlights in the passenger-side headlight.
I left the car to go see exactly what he was doing
and we spent several minutes
discussing the attributes and possible uses of such a paling.
I am not a particularly argumentative man
but I do not shirk from a robust debate
and had soon persuaded this fellow to lend me his paling for a while.
Meanwhile, Brother T, on the other side of the car,
was engaged with the four other fellows.
Brother T is far better in an argument than me
but he is much more effective in one-on-one discourse
rather than in a debate with multiple opponents.
I strolled over and, one at a time, working clockwise,
showed these fellows the paling I had borrowed.
They quickly came to recognise my proficiency in argument
and stepped aside in deference to my skills.
This allowed Brother T to demonstrate his technique
to the best of his ability.
Now, I have seen Brother T in action on numerous occasions
and always been impressed
but on this occasion
Never before have I seen him defeat an opponent
so rapidly and ruthlessly –
’twas like some savage, brutal poetry!
A couple of the other fellows tried to assist their colleague
but I reminded them of my skills
and the respect I commanded
upon having borrowed the paling.
When Brother T was satisfied
that he had quite thoroughly exhausted the other chap
I returned the paling,
and we drove back to camp,
rather pleased with ourselves!
I suspect that, in the future,
those fellows shall exhibit a little more circumspection
when dealing with out-of-town philosophers…
PS: Praise be, Brother B, for the illustration!