Being Irish ...
Published: August 3, 2008
Updated: August 5, 2008
Being Irish and living in Wales I've been the butt of a few jokes in my time, but some real events that my wife Jennifer (she's Welsh) and I have witnessed during our visits to Ireland have had us in stitches.
Driving down to Kerry in an old Ford Cortina I noticed that every time I took a sharp turn to the right there was an irritating clunk from the back axle. This was annoying as I'd only just had it MOT'd, and had the grommets changed on that back axle! When we got to Tralee I decided to have it checked out. The old guy in the garage told me that his nephew was the expert and he'd look at it, so we gave him an hour to look it over.
When we came back the nephew shook his head slowly and gave a shrug of his shoulders.
"I'd say you need a new axle - this one's had it," he said in a grave whisper.
"How much will that cost?" we queried, aware that we only had so much holiday money to play with.
"About £100," he answered.
In those days, £100 was all of our holiday money. We couldn't afford that!
"What about a re-conditioned one?" I asked him.
He scratched his head with a rusty piece of pipe that he was holding in his hand.
"A re-conditioned one would be about £150," he mumbled.
After a shocked silence I thought I'd better challenge this quote.
"Are you saying a re-conditioned one costs more than a new one?"
"Of course it does," he said, indignantly. "Shur doesn't a lot of work go into a reconditioned one!"
I decided to risk driving it back to Wales, where I took the car back to the garage that did the orignal MOT. The problem? They'd only put the grommet on upside down! Total cost of a grommet - £1.30 ...