Horn Please!

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Thu, 25 Mar 2010 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

A friend kindly loaned us her Honda 90 for tootling around kathmandu, and tootling is an apt verb. Just as well there is a horn on it to toot toot as everyone else in a vehicle toot toots at each other: yes i’m here, keep your distance and don’t bump me!

There is a local joke about horns. Trucks here are painted very brightly with all sorts of pictures. Sometimes the cab is highly decorated like a Christmas tree with drivers peering through the tinsel. On the back of trucks and buses, there is usually a message to remind drivers coming up the rear to toot their horns to allert the driver to their presence – rear mirrors are a fixture to tie your tinsel to rather than a device to see behind you. So the message hand painted on the back of trucks and buses is “Horn Please” and as well “Pheri Betaula” which means ‘see you again’ in Nepali. So the joke goeas that if you are saying good bye to someone, instead of saying ‘see you again’, you can joke, ‘Horn Please’!

Well, it is like the dodgems in Barry’s in Portrush for those of you in Norn Iron who know it well – only with twice as many cars on the track, and a few cows, people etc…

A wee Honda 90 does not stand a chance of competing on the road, whoever is biggest wins! However, a bit like the Battle of Trafalgar, the agile wee bike can nip in and out the trucks – but they can get their own back when you pass them and they give an extra pump of the accelarator and you almost die of the heat and fumes from the exhaust as the driver has so expertly exhausted as you went past. Nothing for it other than to pray for him….

Today when I was returning from the office to home, I must have been going over a dug up piece of road at the resonant frequency of my glasses, cause they started to vibrate violently. So I must check it again to see if the resonant speed for my glasses is about 14mph! and then avoid that speed.
I will be off travelling again to DD next Mon-Thursday to sort out (basically) the digging of a big hole for the hospital…so another chance to see the Himal and the Rhodies…

Hopefully the plane will not be travelling at 14mph.

Horn Please!