Saturday, March 27, 2010

The bar-room alchemist



The prompt this week at Sunday Scribblings is Alchemy


I was standing at the bar in a pub one evening. Next to me an elderly gentleman had just purchased a pint of Guinness. He held the glass up and looked lovingly at the jet black nectar within.

‘I hold in my hand proof that alchemy is not a myth’ he said and with that he gulped several deep swigs of his drink before leaving his empty glass on the bar. He wiped his mouth on the back of his hand and turned to walk towards the gentleman’s room.

As he left I called after him. ‘How can Guinness prove that alchemy is not just fiction?’ I asked.

As he pushed the toilet door open, he looked over his shoulder and pointing to his mouth he said ‘It went in as black as coal......’ 


The door closed behind him and I stood wondering what on earth he’d meant. A couple of minutes later the door swung open again and as he walked back to the bar he pointed downwards and said  ‘.....and it came out a stream of pure gold!’


I couldn’t really argue with that, so I bought him another pint.
     
          

18 comments:

  1. Awe Keith, tis pure proof and a great story. Nice writing. Old grizz would like to buy you a pint some day.

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  2. I say, or A-ssay, this has the hallmark of 'Pure Genius'.

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  3. Well an alchemy of color at least...and just the thing an man in a bar would say too.

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  4. I couldn't help but giggle....always full of fun stories Keith!! Great job....lol

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. Guinness Gold. How funny! Still chuckling.

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  6. Bwahahahahaha! I love this. :-D What a hoot!

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  7. ROFL!

    I love this, and I can just imagine that conversation.

    Thanks for sharing this little story :)

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  8. The funniest Sunday Scribblings, bar none. Loved it!

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  9. Hi Keith, you're a mine of information, now if he could turn the 'gold' back into Guinness... Or would that be taking the 'gold'?

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  10. damn
    never knew i was an alchemist
    many occasion that

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  11. A delightful tale as always, yet I am puzzling where the black went. Into our souls perhaps?

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  12. only in a bar can one find such wisdom from another....

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  13. Great story - is it true I wonder..Thanks for your visit..Jae..

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  14. A little late, but, F****** brilliant. That quotation should be sold to those that own for a good price.

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