Metrorail Diaries - Watch Your Step FeaturedWritten by Theo Jonker
It’s mind-boggling to think that this scary sight is common-practise.
Some wanna-be ‘stuntmen’ literally hit the ground running as it slows down and is about to come to a stop.
Commuters waiting on the station have to take evasive action to avoid colliding with these almost out of control ‘stuntmen’.
Fortunately nothing serious happens... but we virtually have to force our way into a crowded carriage; into a space which leaves very little room to manoeuvre.
"Ouch" a lady shouts in agony as a size thirteen safety boot tries to crush her fragile size five foot.
“Jirre, djy kan mos voel djy trap op iets” she complains.
“Sorry babe. Ek voel ma' die mense stoot my van balance af.” he retorts, a bit embarrassed.
“Djy lykie sorry nie. Daai boot het sieke ’n imprint op my cutex gelos” she retaliates cheekily.”
“...en daai cutex is nog nat; biesag om te cure” her lady friend next to her chirps, adding insult to injury.
“Staan bietjie soentoe voo' djy op my anne voet oek trap mister” she complains.
“Waa’ moet ek gaan? Ôs is soes sardines in n blik gedruk hie. Ek kan net my oë draai” the guy explains, but she would have none of it.
“Draai dan jou oë weg van my cleavage af. Issie genoeg my cutex het jou boots se pattern oppie” she says with a slight naughty grin in her eyes.
“Oe jirre, hy gat jou annie brand wil stiek Sandy” her lady friend interjects.
“You think so? Dink djy hy hêrrit by hom?” Sandy asks her friend, sizing up the guy, looking at him from the bottom up, then at her friend.
“Sien djy wat ek sien” the friend quips at the guy who looks like he could almost be blushing but he manages to hold his ground.
“Fireworks like New Year’s Eve, I promise” he whispers softly to them.
Commuters around smile and giggle softly at the unfolding drama but the three "actors" are unperturbed.
“Huh” the two ladies sigh with their mouths open whilst looking at each other.
“Die man is dangerous Sandy. Hy wêk met blow torches en cutting torches. Djy gat smelt” the friend utters while looking at him.
“Hoe wiet djy die dinge Pat?” Sandy asks with surprise in her voice.
“Sy sweater het ’n naam van n welding plek op. Die is n gevaalike man Sandy” she explains with a serious and urgent tone.
“Ek issie bangie” Sandy replies abruptly with an ‘I-dare-you’ look in her eyes.
He looks at her. Their eyes meet for a few seconds and their brief gaze is followed by a smile.
Awkwardly, because of the limited space, his hand just about manages to disappear into his trouser pocket and his wallet appears whilst the two ladies’ eyes are following his every move.
“I'm Barry. This is my number” he says while handing her a card.
“I've got to go but you're welcome to give me call. Laat ek net jou cutex ytsort vi jou Sandy. It’s a pleasure to have met you ladies. Enjoy the day” and he makes his way to the door as we stop at Maitland station.
Sandy looks at the card flips it around; looks at her friend and says: “I'm gonna give this guy a call but first I’m gonna check with Facebook for any jealous lovers. Yes, I'm gonna do that”.
“Oe jinne... Hie kom ’n ding. Ek het niks gesiennie”, Pat replies while looking out the window.
“Can I let you in on a little secret my friend?” Sandy asks Pat.
Pat's eyes light up. “Yes; be my guest” she answers with a curious expression.
“I’ve had my eyes on that guy for a while now; het gewonne wanne gat hy ‘n move maak.”
The train slows done as we enter Salt River station.
I have a pleasant excuse for being late today.
Rattlesnake Rachel is going to enjoy this.
jirre The Afrikaaps version of “here” which is the
Afrikaans word for “lord”.
lykie The Afrikaaps version of “lyk nie” which is Afrikaans for
“not looking like” or “does not look like”.
sieke The Afrikaaps version of “seker” which is the
Afrikaans word for “sure” but also as in this case can
mean “possibly” or “probably”.
cutex The colloquial generic name for nail polish derived from
a popular brand.
biesag The Afrikaaps version of “besig” which is the
Afrikaans word for “besig”.
bietjie The Afrikaans word for “a little bit” or “small amount”.
soentoe The Afrikaaps version of “soontoe” which is Afrikaans
for “(towards) that way” or “over there”.
anne The Afrikaaps version of “ander” which is the
Afrikaans word for “other”.
jarre An Afrikaaps expression similar to “gee-whiz”.
ystes The Afrikaaps version of “ysters” which is Afrikaans for
“irons” or “metals”.
vaskyk The Afrikaans word meaning “stare into”.
annie The Afrikaaps version of “aan die” which Afrikaans translates to “on the”.
herrit The Afrikaaps version of “het dit” which Afrikaans for “have it”.
wêk The Afrikaaps version of “werk” which is Afrikaans for
“work” or as in this case “job”.
gevaalik The Afrikaaps version of “gevaarlik” which is Afrikaans
bangie The Afrikaaps version of “band nie” which Afrikaans for “not afraid”
ytsort The Afrikaaps version of “uitsorteer” which is Afrikaans for ”sort out”.
“Jirre, djy kan mos voel djy trap op iets.”
“Lord, you can after all feel you are stepping on something.”
“Ek voel ma' die mense stoot my van balance af.”
“I feel but the people are pushing me off balance.”
“Djy lykie sorry nie. Daai boot het sieke ’n imprint op my cutex gelos.” “You do not look sorry. That boot has probably left an imprint on my nail polish.”
“...en daai cutex is nog nat; biesag om te cure.
“...and that cutex is still wet; busy curing”
“Staan bietjie soentoe voo' djy op my anne voet oek trap mister” she complains.”
“Stand a little bit over towards there before you step on my other foot as well mister.”
“Oe jirre, hy gat jou annie brand wil stiek Sandy.”
“Oh lord, he is going to want to set you in fire Sandy.”
“Oe jinne... Hie kom ’n ding. Ek het niks gesiennie.”
“Oh my... Here’s something coming. I did not see anything..”
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