Stickman Readers' Submissions March 25th, 2005

Dana, Cent And Pothole Do Bangkok

Dana, Cent + Pothole Do Bangkok

Barely one hour past noon the clippership CENT and the clippership SANUK and the clippership POTHOLE RESEARCH all passed under the King Thaksin bridge. Traffic stopped, children cried, and 'good luck' birds wheeled and dipped in exultation as
the three overpressed clippers raced for nun can #2 off Yok Yor and the prize. The prize for the first ship across the Ratchawong ferry landing line was freedom for the Australian jailbirds that had shipped in Adelaide. The prize for the owners
would be top price for the bargirl Frankenstein shoes, and pink cell phones, and spices crammed between decks. The prize for the captain who crossed the finish line first would be lunch with Uri of Udon, the most beautiful woman in the world.

The first fatality was the CENT under the command of a Malay prince who had risked all for lunch with the Thai siren. With his topsails overexposed to a brief williwaw from the Thonburi side of the river, he stood at the wheel and watched helplessly as
she rolled her starboard studdingsail booms under, dug in her forefoot, broached and capsized. Women standing on the Oriental Hotel terrace under parasols gasped in horror.

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Next to go was the beautiful long black singing sythe of a ship known as the POTHOLE RESEARCH under the command of Captain Boss Hogg of Sukhumvit's soi 4. After seeing a picture of the beautiful Uri of Udon in a copy of the Pattaya Mail he declared
that she wasn't a woman, but an angel sent from heaven to earth to give him life. Vowing to never spend another night with a lumpy dumpy Caucasian woman; he left wife and family in the States, chartered the POTHOLE RESEARCH out of Germany
and joined the race. Unfortunately, he and the black three-masted steed he was riding didn't pass under the bridge first, but second behind the CENT. When the CENT broached and capsized, she did so right in front of the POTHOLE RESEARCH.
The crash was spectacular. The screams could be heard all the way to the top of Wat Arun.

Captain Dana of the iron and steel barque SANUK witnessed the debacle as it played out before him. Third in the Chao Praya race to the finish until the aforementioned events, he now was the certain winner except that two 300 foot clipper ships were disintegrating
before him in a welter of debris and blood. He couldn't head up because he already had her cranked in to windward as much as was possible; and he couldn't fall off to leeward because of a line of rice barges captained by a retired NEP
mamasan. Nothing for it, he posted his officers with guns at the masts with orders to shoot anyone who tried to let go the halliards. The man at the wheel was encouraged to steer straight with a gun in his ear. With topmast wedges turning to oaken
pulp, skysail masts and yards cracking, and the lee rail under; the great long heavy barque picked up her copper bottomed heels and rushed for the line at over 18 knots! With another Thonburi shore williwaw striking the topsails, she started to
roll over just like the CENT. Sailors leaped for the rigging as the deck rolled under, but she was past the rice barges now and coming into flat water. The line was crossed. The race was won!

Captain Dana and Uri from Udon were married in June. The Malay prince and Captain Hog were the best men. They both went on to become great legends of the sea. Dana and Uri retired to the suburbs of Patong. She painted her toes and he raked the white pea
gravel in the Garden of Contemplation. They named their first child Sanuk.

Stickman's thoughts:

Will this become a new series?

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