Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Storyteller

The Storyteller

This is Åke Rhudin. Journalist, author, historian, storyteller, postman and more. Whenever you meet him you can expect to hear a few true (and funny) stories. Here is one. Delivering mail to the Almåsa Conference Centre, which is operated by Iris, a group for the visually impaired, on a very warm day, Åke can feel that the staff are staring at him. He was treated to coffee at another house, and the coffee pot must have had had soot on it. Now all that soot is covering his face. He is offered a chance to take a shower and quickly accepts. Opening a door in the shower room he finds a sauna and decides to use it. Opening another door a little later, he finds himself at the indoor swimming pool. It is filled with blind people so Åke decides to go for a swim despite being in the nude. When he enters he informs everyone who he is. As he leaves the pool he suddenly decides to do the dick o copter! Six months later, back at the conference centre he is told that a group of people would like to meet him. That's when he realised that the people in the pool six months earlier were not blind at all, but a group of people from the Swedish social insurance agency and now as they are back at Almåsa they want to see what the mail-man looks like when he is not naked! They also tell him that the story of the naked mail man doing the dick o copter has spread around the world!

16 comments:

Al said...

First time I've heard of a dick o copter. Great story!

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful story Steffe!

Julie said...

I had to google so as not to appear naive!

Jack said...

That is such a funny story, almost too good to be true. I laughed out loud. (Nice portrait, too.)

*Honest Abe said...

Classic example of why we should not take anything for granted. Nice portrait too.

Rae Walter said...

Wonderful tale and photo.

Jarart said...

That is a good story! He must be a fun guy.

RedPat said...

Funny one! I had never heard of that either - I guess it's a guy thing!!

Birdman said...

hahahahahaha! A riot

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Great portrait shot Steffe, what a nice face he has, and hilarious story, bet he went red in the face hahaha!!!

Clueless in Boston said...

Very good portrait and a funny story. Reminds me of a joke I heard:

A nun in the convent walked into the bathroom where mother superior was taking a shower. "There is a blind man to see you," she says. "Well, if he is a blind man, than it does not matter if I'm in the shower. Send him in."

The blind man walks into the bathroom, and mother superior starts to tell him how much she appreciates him working at the convent for them. She goes on and on and 10 minutes later the man interrupts: "That's nice and all, ma'am, but you can put your clothes on now. Where do you want me to put these blinds?

Mark said...

Now that is a yarn if ever I have heard one. I will laugh for days about this Steffe!!!

Steffe said...

In his youth Åke worked for a brewery in Stockholm. His job was to deliver beer to the customers. It was very hard work. They carried the heavy wooden beer boxes on their backs up the stairs in the posher part of Stockholm, because they were not allowed to use the elevators. One time Åke almost collapsed as he was delivering 100 bottles to two famous opera singers that lived on the fourth floor. They were very upset when he told them that he couldn't use the lift. What can we do to help, they asked. Sing for me! said Åke, and was promptly invited to their luxurious apartment where they played the grand piano and performing a few classical songs for him. After that he could always use the elevator in that building.

Nathalie said...

I had to google the word dick o copter, I learned something today.
The story is hilarious.

... said...

Thank you for the beautiful portrait of my father. Åke passed away yesterday morning, 85 years old, at Handens Närsjukhus.

Stefan Jansson said...

I am sorry for your loss. He was a fine man. I only met him a couple of times but he always had a story to tell.