Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Train weirdo

It's 4:30, and I'm heading over to my last lesson of the day. I squeeze onto the crowded metro car and find myself near two 20ish girls chatting wildly about their jobs, apartments, various likes and dislikes. They were carrying on much like I would have at that age. One of the girls held the pole next to me and gave me a chance to look at her 100 percent tatooed arm. It was beautiful work. And that's saying alot because I'm not much of a tatoo admirer. But this was artistry, crisp clean lines and brilliant splashes of color, while being wholly unique. Definitely the work of a talented person. When I finished my tatoo study, my attention wandered up to the chattering faces of these girls, festooned as they were with assorted rings about the lips, eyes and nose. Just as we were arriving at the station where I needed to change trains, I noticed her large hoop earring. I started to exit the train and then did a double take. Wait a minute, something's odd about that earring. The girls were exiting too as I realized that the giant hoop earring was inside her pierced ear. Thus, the skin of her lobe was stretched all the way around it. Isn't that some African tribal thing? I've seen some guys with dime sized plugs in their ears around town, but nothing of this magnitude. This was fifty cent piece size, (bigger than a toonie for my Canadian friends.)

"Excuse me, can I ask you a question?" I unexpectedly blurt out to the freak ear girl.

I catch the friend rolling her eyes out of the corner of my eye, but freak ear says,

"Sure."

"How long did it take you to get your ear hole that big?" (How do you ask that without it sounding nasty?)

"Oh, well I'm not a really good stretcher you know, I mean, like it takes me longer than most people. But anyway, probly like, what, like two and a half years or something."

"Wow, that takes a lot of dedication. Does it hurt each time you go to a larger size?"

"Well, yah. (said as though any idiot should know that) For me it's like two and a half months before I can go up a size. But it hurts really bad the first few days."

"Ok thanks, that's really cool" I said and then added,

"Oh, wait, one more thing, do you think I could take a picture of it?"

There was some hesitation, a little looking at the floor, a furtive but pleading glance to her friend. So I quickly said,

"Right, too creepy, nevermind."

And then I scurried over to the next car of the arriving train, so they wouldn't have to be with the weirdo who wants to take a picture of an ear in the metro station.

13 comments:

t said...

Heh-heh, that's a funny story, and a funny exchange you had with the girl.
You'll probably get someone here who says they've seen it, too, but that's the first I've ever heard of it outside of Africa.
I'm guessing plates in the lips will be next.
Or maybe rings around the neck.

Dantallion said...

I've seen those a couple of times. What I'm dying to see is how it'll look by the time she reaches 70.

Rebekah said...

I loved this. So human. And you asked what I'd be thinking, but would be too shy to come out and actually say.

I can't imagine anyone thinking you were creepy.

Lyvvie said...

I always try and imagine them in their 80's in the old folk's home with their ear lobes dangling down to their nipples. Makes me feel pretty.

_Psycho said...

Hehe, never saw something like that in person. Too bad you backed off for the picture. Would have been interesting to see ;)

I bet she went at the tatoo convention last week in Montréal, I heard it was really big and impressive.

St. Dickeybird said...

Lol, i get that all the time with my tattoos.
I'm sure she wasn't worried after your "right, too creepy" point.
And the problem with piercings that big is that the ring constantly falls out, leaving the ear looking like a rubber band.
ewwwww.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

The important thing is, you tried to capture that freak on film.

Adam said...

Hahahaha You freak! That is so funny. Whos the weirder one? The one with the giant hoop in the ear or the man who wants to take the picture of the giant hoop in the ear?

You should have said it would have made an excellent addition to your collection.

Adam said...

P.S. Thanks for the compliment on the pic. I think I'll be rotating it every once and a while for fun.

epicurist said...

I think it's rather cool and refreshing how honest and upfront you are about asking questions from a stranger. Most people would simply stare and judge without thinking that this was a person too.

tornwordo said...

I almost said, "It's for my blog!" but thought that that might even be worse.

I also wonder about how the ear looks sans earring. And at 70, she will rue her youthful impulsiveness.

Everyone is a person, I even say "Bonjour" to the drugged out prostitutes.

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

LOL! you're so good at describing these weird moments;-)

formally goldie, yeah i'm not changing it again, sorry to mess with your blog a log links ;-)

La Sequencia said...

wish you'd gotten a pic. just for fun. not that i find those adornments particularly attractive. (not like i find my p.a. anyway.)