“The Penniless Pensioner: Misaligned, Maligned but Marvellous: Chapter 8: Minah My 140 Kilo Sweetheart

You may recall Minah by little hummingbird of a sweetheart in Montreal. Well I had been accepted to McGill University in Montreal with a full Claire and Warren Quimby Scholarship For the Disadvantaged in the Third World. I didn’t need the tuition money but seeing the bastards the First World can produce, particularly the Brit colonialists at the Kings College for Young Men in Bombay out of a matter of revenge I decided to accept it. So a few months in advance of term starting I decided to scope out Montreal a bit and of course take advantage of Schwartz’s smoked meat and kosher dill pickles.

And it was time to see Minah my delicate sweet bird of love …my precious dainty hummingbird. Well that hummingbird had swelled into a penguin with a very large plus size girth close to 140 kilos with a very bad case of acne and an ominous cloud of depression. Of course, I was taken aback! The vile terrorist action of her brother Abdul bombing my mother Juanita’s airplane out of the sky wreaked havoc with both her body and brain. Her mother and father lamented I was not on board that plane referring to me as an infidel devil! Seems I had become their Lawrence of Arabia. They were still pressuring her to be what she referred to as a “Burka Babe”. The relentless pressure and horrific act of her brother was too much to bear. She needed psychiatric help not me. So we parted our ways. I recall walking away seeing Minah laughing as if possessed like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist”.

My main mission was to secure accommodation in Montreal. I lived a very swank life in Bombay so the thrill of a fleabag apartment on Durocher Street in the McGill Student Ghetto with all the liberated from home middle class students did not appeal to me. Both the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels were more or less across the street from McGill and I chose the Four Seasons Presidential suite. Living at the Ritz-Carlton would be just a bit flashy so I settled for the Four Seasons. I am a man of discretion.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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