In The Rainmaker a book by John Grisham, the main character RRudy Baylor is this young lawyer trying to find a place to practice but before he could sit his bar exam he works at this bar called Yogi’s. He works at the bar in order to get himself some rent and good money to make him survive as he gets a proper job in a law firm. Grisham refers to the lRudy’s life as one those stages a Law student will get through before practicing law.
There is this friend of mine (I would like to his name off the radar since I have established myself as a writer I will call him Pie-o) is in a similar situation. But this would be called excitement that freedom had been relinquished to him after a long spell on “Curfew.” So he told me he had this event about 300 kilometres from the city he has to attend. He is supposed to be on the bus by 8:00am. It is around 5:00pm the day before he leaves and an Idea comes up. It is Thursday and its Rock night at this popular hangout Steak Out. He is convinced by his friends to go. They leave with at about 11:00pm after refreshing themselves an Alter Wine bottle. He had promised it would be a non-alcoholic night because of this “Bus Date” he was looking forward to.
He tells himself. “Today I am not going to drink a beer.” So he walks around but his eyes cannot avoid the overcrowded counter. He does not want to drink because he will be travelling with this hot girl on the bus and he hopes to get to know her.
He gets to the counter, pulls the wallet, flips it open and plucks out 5000/= shilling note and hands it to the waiter. “Black Ice please and a glass,” he says. His reasoning is the black will not make him drunk.
The glass is filled with a tear drop from a crying baby. So he needs something to occupy him. He tries to talk to friends and people around. They are holding beer bottles and glasses filled halfway creating foam on the top. He told me that at this time the minute hand on his wrist watch looked stuck. He then dashed to the counter with the intention of ordering for a Stoney but he instead says “A Tusker please.” According to him the difference is that these two words are almost similar but they are names of drinks. So he says that it was no big deal
A Tusker a friend bought. And he says that it is his last.
Water. Tusker bottle is half full.
gets onto a taxi and goes to his hostel and has only 3 hours of sleep. His eyes are squinted.
He wakes up, goes to bathroom, dresses up(head pounding like crazy) and gets to the bus park
Sits on the bus and there is the girl looking fresh and set for the journey. He says hullo and that is the end. She replies him but he cannot start a conversation but he ends up sleeping. He slept but he kept on waking up every 10 minutes because he almost hit his head on the front seat.
He gets up and looks through the bus window he reads a sign post. “Fort Portal 10 kilometers” this wakes him up because he knows he has a short distance. Well he had missed reading the other zero at the end of the 10. It actually read Fort Portal 100km. He stays awake, talking and waiting for the arrival. His head becomes heavy, he then buys water, he feels like sweating and is uncomfortable. The girl asks if he is ok and he replies. “I swallowed PILTON before I got onto the bus. I have a cold.” I doubt if she believed him.
The bus reaches FortPortal town. He gets off, books a hotel room and gets to the event venue. He buys shades to cover his almost half open eyes. It is quite uninteresting because the main event is the next day. He can hardly make sence.
Enters the hotel room. Without hesitation he is on the bed. Well and fast asleep.
Looks like a new day. He wakes fresh.
This was what happened to my Friend Pie-O. The green bottle, it is not Krest, sprite and Mountain Dew. It is that beer bottle called Tusker. He promised never to take it again. His Bus Date was a nightmare.