The Other Guy

Jocko found her drinking in the pub alone, and she was beautiful.

Dressed in plain running gear, her supremely athletic physique made it look glamorous.

Jocko passed the entertainment stage, ignoring the yogi master who had tied himself in a painful-looking knot.

Jocko sat beside her. “G’day, Miss. The name’s Jocko.”

She accepted another pint. “Aja.”

“Lookin’ for company, then?”

“No.”

“Lookin’ for the right bloke, eh? Well I’m ‘im!”

Aja set her drink down with authority. “Don’t be like the Other Guy, okay?”

She slipped off the stool and headed for the bathrooms.

“Best leave her alone,” said the bartender. “She’s some kind of martial arts super-spy.”

“Spy? That sheila’s too beautiful for that. She’s lookin’ for a root. You’ll see. I’ll just watch this yogi fella til she gets back.”

“That’s no yogi. That’s the Other Guy.”

“What other guy?”

“The other guy who tried to hit on her.”
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Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/04/07/the-billinudgel-hotel-nsw-australia/

Author’s Notes:

Aja is character in a longer piece I’m working on. This Aja is the mild-mannered, watered-down version…

Australian slang glossary:

Sheila = girl, Female
Root = sex, a lay

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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38 Responses to The Other Guy

  1. James says:

    The minute she said “other guy,” I knew what was coming. 😀

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  2. Legs aren’t supposed to bend that way. Good one.

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  3. prior.. says:

    hahahhah
    and I was just about to ask what a root was
    this is so good.

    and beer drinking super fit people dude – win win

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  4. Joy Pixley says:

    She even left the warning right in front of him and he didn’t recognize it. Some men are just idiots, LOL!

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    • EagleAye says:

      No kidding. I think if she had a neon sign over her head that said, “Danger! Danger!” Jocko wouldn’t have seen it. There’s a reason he barely managed to get a GED. 😉 Thanks Joy!

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  5. prior.. says:

    oh and a few months ago we were watching season 5 of 24 – supposed to the best of the entire series – well I was living under a rock when that was first on and had not seem season five.
    and so your piece reminded me of this time when Chloe has to do her deep dark web work – yet again getting behind the passwords and back links – lol –
    and she has to work in a bar – top secret lap top computer stuff – and this guy hits on her big time – she tazes him – he flops out – later he wakes – tazes again.
    it was kinda funny

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I think I remember that scene. Chloe never was the “suffer a fool gladly” type. Her personality had a lot of jagged edges.

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      • prior.. says:

        yes – they did such a great job with her character – and like your words to describe her.
        But during the season and after, my hubs and I were like, “really?” – another situation where things happened in five minutes when it would take days in real life…
        and I also wonder if watching it 10 or 13 years ago would have made a difference – the web activities might have seemed edgier

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      • EagleAye says:

        Hehe. Maybe the web stuff would’ve seemed edgier, but less understandable. I watched 24 much later on too, and it didn’t seem outlandish from a technological standpoint. To me it seemed, “Well of course you would do that. I can do that with google.” 😉

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      • prior.. says:

        well that is good to hear – that you felt it was not too outlandish….

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  6. Haha this was fun 🙂

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  7. GeorgieMoon says:

    Very clever. I enjoyed it.

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  8. Hee hee! I bet Jocko had to drink another 48 pints of lager after that (I think that’s the minimum number you have to down in a sitting in an Aussie pub, but maybe that’s just my rule…) Aussie pubs are interesting places, I still remember the one I went into in central Queensland where the beer (brand name ‘XXXX’, and no I’m not joking… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlemaine_XXXX ) was served up in the original factory cans loaded into a styrene sleeve to keep them cool. Kind of unique.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Good god, I don’t drink that much of anything in an entire day! I’ve tried Queensland before. Thought it was pretty good. And yes, I’ve actually heard of XXXX. Don’t ask me how. Jocko stayed for another 68 pints, mumbling to himself safely at the other end of the bar. 🙂

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      • I don’t think I could either… 🙂 There is a good deal of good-natured trans-Tasman piss-taking down here (as it were), mostly pivoting around the quantity of beer the blokes on the ‘other’ side of the ditch (whichever side you’re on…) can down in the shortest time. As far as I can tell it actually has a serious historical precedent in the form of the Australian ‘Larrikins’ of WW1 vs our ‘Diggers’. What I always thought funniest of all the cross-Tasman ribbing was the standard NZ line ‘What’s wrong with Australia?’ ‘It’s above water’ – which came back on us in NZ with a crash last year when our archipelago was discovered to be a continent half the size of Australia… and mostly underwater…

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      • EagleAye says:

        Haha! There’s always pissing contests here between…almost anyone. This guy claimed “Bud-Light” was the strongest beer, claiming “real men” drank it. So I bought a bunch of micro-brews (all 8-10% alcohol). Fellow passed out before finishing his first pint. What a Lightweight!

        I had no idea NZ was its own continent. I just assumed it was part of the Australian plate. I had to look it up and now I know about “Zealandia.” So now I see there’s a debate over it being a microcontinent or a continent. Seeing how most of it is underwater, I guess that problem with Australia really is true! 😉

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  9. k rawson says:

    That’s great! I had to look up root meself. 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! And I figured other folks might look it up. I just love slang, especially if I’ve never heard of it before. It’s so fun to include it in stories for an added bit of spice. Thanks Karen!

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  11. Dale says:

    Love this, Eric! I had no doubt what root meant just by his attitude (‘course I did go check to see if I was right!)
    Yeah… don’t mess with this Sheila. m’boy. You ain’t man enough for her…

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  12. Once again you’ve made me laugh. I’d run, not walk away from Aja!

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Great story, EagleAye! Aja sounds like a character who could enter Aussie mythology herself.

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