Monday, February 16, 2009

Let It All Hang Out.

Uploaded by Bergen

PEOPLE SAY I SHOULD TAKE LIFE EASY, stop and smell the flowers every now and then, enjoy the breeze and the sun and the birds and the bees and the insects and everything this green earth has got coming for me. All this, people say, can make me a happy person. Lead a happy lifestyle people say, with a bit of luck I don't have to go see a doctor to check on my blood pressure every now and then because you know what people say about blood pressure which is not good for me if you are in the same age as mine which is forty eight going on forty nine on the first day of spring and that would be 21 March.
I don't have a garden where I can I stop and smell the flowers every now and then to keep my blood pressure down. You see, I'm not much of a garden kinda guy and for that matter neither am I a floral kinda guy to be prancing about like a court jester smelling one flower after another like a bee getting itself drunk before going off to a party to meet up female bees. I don't like flowers all that much because it is not too good for the masculine side of my personality. But flowers are the least of my worry because they can't make my blood pressure to go up on any given day. But hangers, now this is something else.
I am at war with hangers. And this is permanent. Nothing can raise my blood pressure like this device that I can't live without because I keep a few dozen of them to arrange my clothes in a neat row according to the weekly-sequence that I've worked out long time ago. They are not much of a problem if I keep them on a railing, but pile them on a bed and you've got yourself a chemistry problem picking them up one by one. Somehow they'll entangle themselves to one another to make my life miserable which in turn, raises my blood pressure to a boiling point. But I'm not going to lose this war and I've got a strategy.
First: I know hangers are out to turn my life into a wreck but I'm not going to give them this pleasure. 
Two: I've learnt a thing or two about staying cool when it comes to dealing with entangled hangers. Take a deep breath, remove them one by one, all the time whistling a happy tune like 'You take the high road, I take the low road, soon we'll be back in Scotland' or how about this one: 'Brown Girl In The Ring' by Boney M, or 'Mama Mia ' by Abba or 'Rendezvous' by Tina Charles.
For weeks I've done this and the result is simply amazing. I now go to a big store like Carrefour or Giant to hunt for hangers, hoping that the store clerks pile them all up together and when they can't pull them out one by one, I'm right there to do the job. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of starting a company, or hangers anonymous to help people who might have to face the same predicament as I used to when they've got issues with hangers.


Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
I rather deal with hangers than the hangers-on any time of the day or night!

1:33 PM  
Blogger mamasita said...

MB.I just lurvvv your hanger's tale! Memang betul lah! They get so entangled that maybe you can instead design a type that doesnt get entangled! Hey! Not everyone can sing you know.hahaha

I always sneaked quietly to place the unused hangers one on top of the other..silently I'd tell them " hey, you all jangan wrestling each other k?" hehe
But they always do and fight and get tangled!

1:53 PM  
Blogger mamasita said...

Adoii! Bergen Bergen! Sorrry! Akak tercakap MB! Tulaah..cakap pasal hangers I pun dah terentangle you guys! hahahaha

1:56 PM  
Blogger ina said...

Dear Sir,

I totally agree with Kak Fauziah...hehehe. By the way, I just discovered a victorinox shop in Khartoum. Really cheap compared to Malaysia I think. A swiss army knife (standard) is only 65 sdg! And the shop is full of swiss products. The other brand is wenger if i'm not mistaken...heheh...

2:13 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: That, ma'am, is so so true.

Mamasita: MB is Menteri Besar? Wow! LOL.

2:14 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Ina: You may want to get a a couple of them as present to your relatives. How's the weather in Sudan?

2:15 PM  
Blogger Kama At-Tarawis said...

Bergen, I am sitting here in my hotel room sipping camomile tea, thinking why do they give us guests 6 heavy wooden hangers instead of 12 light plastic ones? Why do I hv to choose style over practicality? I need more hangers for my and pak abu's clothes!

4:25 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Kama At Tarawis: Maybe they are trying to tell you and Pak Abu something, like when in Singapore each of you are allowed only 3 pieces of clothing? More than this would constitute conspicuous consumption? My wild guess.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Cik_kembang said...

Salam Sir..

I like hangers in Malaysia...coz they're so colorful. U can get all sort of colors. At least it goes well with my deco theme..u know something like if u paint your room with pink..u need to have all in pinks.Unlike in Scotland..most hangers are black or gray..hehehe

Have a nice day Sir..

Cik Kembang

4:48 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Cik Kembang: Do you think you can design a set of hangers that don't get entangled? Maybe Sudin can help. Tell me about it and I'll be right over to Pendangshire.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Bijou Beads Bouquet said...

Maybe I need to look for Magnatised Hangers Suppliers, I'm too lazy to design for one because if I were to design one, my one would have a counter for that as well which will be more useful for those who wanted the joy of knowing how many hangers they have. I then would make if portable and adjustable in sizes and shapes, and this may lead to colors and weight. Oh No!

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Ceramic Designer said...

g'day mate!!
i dont have problems with hangers, but i do get you and MB/bangkai entangled sometimes.. sometimes the both of you sound similar, mmm..

wow.. abba, tina-charles, boney-m..!? my kind of music, but i'm not as old as you though, ooppss.. ;)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
Setiap kali hantar baju untuk dry-cleaning dapat hangers plastik baru. Dah terlalu banyak sekarang, apek beli paper lama pun tak mahu beli

8:12 PM  
Blogger Mek Na said...

hanger yg menguji kesabaran. di waktu yg sama ia boleh ajar diri utk jd cool heheh!!

10:13 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Bijou Beads Bouquets: You're are obviously a product-oriented person to be able to visualize the technical specs of a design.

The Ceramic Designer: I thought MB was Mister Bergen, wrong can I be. I can assure you ma'am, I am not Bangkai. Thank you for visiting.

Zabs: Those plastic hangers, made of wire coil? I wanna stay away as far as I can from those. LOL.

Mek Na: Nothing to it, ma'am. Everyone can do it.

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nevermind with the hangers.

but oh, u were born on march too!! too bad mine is the 25th. kalau x boleh buat double celebration..hehe.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Ĺaptop™ said...

Have your house tangentially to an airport. Your war with entangled hangers will be history.

2:21 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Azudesu: You've got that right, ma'am.

Laptop: The sound of the jetplane can help solve the entangled problem? Wow!

2:46 PM  

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