How the hell is a glass of water supposed to help?

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NIKON D70 - 10 sec, f18 at 70mm

Here I am choking on something I've inhaled from my lunch. No doubt a sesame seed (I hate those little buggers) or maybe pie pastry. Bloody hell I hate choking on either of those... They are so light that the are easily inhaled again after coughing them half out. You think you are winning and then they go right back to where they were.

Anyways, here I am coughing away, eyes bugging out and somebody offers me a glass of water. How the hell is a glass of water supposed to help? I'm choking on something that's in my wind pipe for crimminy's sake. Water doesn't go anywhere near where real the problem is. And if it did, I wouldn't be choking to death, I'd be drowning...

Choking would have to be a yucky way to die huh? It's probably not a sudden way to go. The whole time struggling to cough the little bit of butter chicken pie pastry out, knowing that no one can help you at all.

Drowning can't be much better I suppose. Both of them seem much more lingering than say, a bullet.

I've only choked on some food once were I actually thought my number was really up. I was at the Green's house in Beachhaven way back when the old crew used to get together regularly. I can recall now worrying that I was about to die and also that I didn't want to look like a dick while I did it. I'm not sure which I was more concerned about. If I recall correctly that was the night I went on to drink way too much wine and then consumed the better part of 2 litres of vanilla ice cream.

Those were the days!

The Photo

Auckland City by night, taken from Devonport. I was standing in the middle of those 4 trees. Only at night.

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Posted: Thursday, 27 July, 2006 20:31

Captured: 2005:04:14 19:45:20

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  • Something tells me it was't the wine that induced the sudden urge to eat ice cream Dave. I remember the night well.
    Rik - Friday, 28 July, 2006 8:12
  • If you will not desist in eating these troublesome foods I suggest you send someone on the staff to a workplace first aid course (St. John's) and learn the abdominal thrust or Heimlich manouvre ... very useful for dislodging all sorts of foreign bodies that you may inhale or is neitherdignified nor classy in an office situation to choke and loose all control of bodily functions - leave that for home or Beachhaven.
    Michele - Friday, 28 July, 2006 10:21
  • Michelle, I think I'd prefer to risk dying than have one of the staff perform a manouvre on me.
    Dave - Friday, 28 July, 2006 14:36
  • I tried commenting on this the other day but mucked it up. By far one of the most original treatments of a skyline I have seen for years. I would buy a print of this - but i'm too tight an would rather take my own shot since you nicely mapped the location for me :)
    seriocomic - Sunday, 30 July, 2006 16:39
  • Wow, I almost sold my first print!
    Dave - Sunday, 30 July, 2006 16:43
  • hahah..isnt that funny about the water? I've said the same thing before to my wife....too funny!!! love the tones in the pictures. Never thought of giving my night shots that "matrix" look...very cool!
    Mark - Tuesday, 1 August, 2006 9:36
  • Sweeet shot Dave. It's like night vision goggles.
    dean - Wednesday, 2 August, 2006 18:36
  • woooooooooooooooow
    alice - Tuesday, 9 January, 2007 9:53

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