In Absent Friends we shared rooms and broke up shortly after.
(Pope's Law again.)
For most of the duration, my roommate was the talented drummer/songwriter
John Mackay. He was also known as Johnny Mackay, 'Mackers Makay',
or simply Mackers .
We managed get along pretty well, but not with out the odd
we stayed at 'The Weber Hotel' near the Tivoli Gardens. Very establishment.
The night before had been a big one and the morning check out
was an early one.
Everybody was feeling ragged at breakfast, but none so ragged
The hotel mini bar had been consumed long after I'd gone to sleep.
Mini bar alcohol in 5 star hotels is the most expensive alcohol
in the world.
Sharing the room, we are both liable for the bill on checkout.
into the hotel dining room, oblivious to its olde world charm
and collapsed at a table. When I thought he'd had long enough
to acclimatize, I tentatively inquired as to whether or not all
the loose ends had been tied up regarding the mini bar tab. No
response. I asked him more directly if he'd paid the mini bar
and fed up with my pettiness, he was on his feet throwing his
arms in the air proclaiming the immortal words, "I didn't
come halfway 'round the world to be worrying about bloody mini
It was now only a matter of time before 'Pope's
Law' would kick in