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the priests saw the funny side of it all

Pub bosses have apologized after asking a group of trainee priests to leave their Cardiff venue, mistaking them for a stag party in fancy dress.The seven Roman Catholic seminarians had gone to The City Arms to toast Father Peter McClaren’s ordination when they were asked to move on.

Assistant manager Matt Morgan said they received a free round of drinks when the situation was explained.”They were all dressed in their black and white clothes,” he said.”The staff thought they were a stag. We do have quite a few issues on the weekends with parties wearing fancy dress so it is our policy to turn them away.”

six of  the priests who were turned away

Father Michael Doyle, who knows the group, said the seven went to the pub on Quay Street to celebrate the ordination at the nearby Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David. The pub was a favourite of his colleagues including the Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack.”They arrived at The City Arms and were dressed wearing the clerical collar,” he said.

“The doorman said something along the lines of, ‘Sorry gents, we have a policy of no fancy dress and no stag dos’. “The students had started to leave when they were approached by the bar manager. “He basically said, ‘you’re real, aren’t you?’,” said Fr Doyle.”He invited them back in and when they walked back in the entire pub burst into a round of applause, and they had a free round off The City Arms.”

Fr Doyle said the group stayed at the pub most of the afternoon chatting to customers.
Mr Morgan said the priests were “all great sports and saw the funny side of the situation”.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cardiff added: “We’d like to thank The City Arms for being good sports through all of this and their kind gesture to our seminarians.”

 the priests enjoyed a few pints in the pub at the end


“any band that doesn’t have a sense of humor has a little bit of a problem.”

-jens lekman, swedish musician




credits: wales news service, j. lloyd, the city arms

i feel like i am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. ~author unknown



the email came


how many miles

i had on my car

 they were spot on

within 200 miles

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the door opened for my car

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to the dealership

with a warm embrace

and they asked what they could do

 took me to the comforting area to wait

gave me coffee








cushiony chairs


the company of just one other

pampered customer

a man of about my age

and we each

went about our morning

waiting in comfort


they realized

his car

was going to take too long

 so he took a rental


headed out

  half an hour


 the service advisor


 knelt down by my chair

i felt

there was possibly

a bit of bad news coming



i don’t know how this happened

 i looked at her

as she said

that man

who was sitting here with you

has just left with your keys

 we don’t know why

this has never happened


in the history

of our dealership


we can’t

get ahold of him

i’m so sorry

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why he’d take your keys

since he was taking a rental

 even if

he thought those were his keys

we’d need them to work on his car

that he left behind


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we apologize

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with more coffee

i chose

the waiting option


i do enjoy my subaru family

but really didn’t want to

spend the whole day with them

 doing errands

having lunch


i wanted to see

what would happen


he was not answering

his phone

his email

the texts

i wanted

to know

his story

 i imagined him

working out with at my gym

using the id on my keys

then at my house

dancing with nacho the cat and his cat friends

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drinking a glass of my pinot noir

 reading my magazines

listening to my music

while taking a bubble bath

in my tub

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they came in again

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do you want to wait


more coffee

more comfort

 a while later

he called

 said he had no idea

why he took the keys


he didn’t

want to see me


apologized profusely


came back


they pulled up my car at last


all free service


thank you’s


being understanding

no explanation


the wish for a good day

and i was off

once again


would the tub be drained

when i finally got home?


one cannot plan for the unexpected.
– aaron klug

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