There have been quite a few of these...especially since I tend to see the funny side of things quite often..people are generally quite funny.
One story that comes to mind is of a night drive from Olifants a number of years ago. We had taken our seats on the vehicle and were waiting for two more passengers to arrive.
One family was already on board with us...I noticed that the husband seemed a little affraid of his wife, he was meek and mild, she was quite the opposite. We were just about to leave when two young ladies came running from reception to get onto the drive, they were young American tourists who were visiting for the first time and because of inexperience did not realise how long it would take to reach the camp..(there was no forum then) They turned out to be very nice people.
As they came running, the thin lady, with very short hair and big glasses shuffled her large husband away from her, filled the space with blankets and said "Theres no more space." She clearly wanted the two to be turned away though they had booked their places. I was now very aware of the feisty personality on the seat behind me and was looking forward to some laughs. As we stopped to look at a Steenbok, the lady began to focus her camera, she did so for quite some time and then as the vehicle slowly began to pull away I heard a muffled, angry outburst from behind. The same thing happened at the next Steenbok sighting, this time she took a picture, then refocused and as she took the next one, the driver began to pull off again (he had given her ample time)! This time she clenched her fists and tried to conceal her silent tantrum...Her husband tried to reassure her and he got shoved away and became very nervous.
I began to imagine that the lady had an anger problem, because she kept having little fits of rage, shaking the blankets, slamming her fists into her lap and attacking her husband, all of this was done in a "quiet" way but everyone knew it was happening. The laughter was building up inside me like bubbles in a bottle of Champaigne. Everyone was pretending not to notice, and the pressurised situation made me want to laugh even more. Then, it happened again, just as she took a photo the vehicle jerked slightly.....All I heard was a suppressed mini tantrum going on behind me "ooohh that damn #&*^% f*&#!sht" coupled with clenched fists in front of her, kicking the floor and a now terrified husband!
That was it for me, as everyone pretended not to notice my whole body began shake with silent laughter, I was laughing hysterically but keeping silent which makes it so much harder to stop..and I was trying to hide it..to no avail. I actually dont think that these words do justice to the situation, you had to have been there to see and hear the outbursts, the muffled swearing...I got the impression that she was trying to take up photography as a form of relaxation, to calm herself down, well it was'nt working.
That night, after the drive, we saw that the two Americans were staying next door to us. They asked us for fire lighters to help strt their fire. It was our last night and gave them the rest of ours. Had we known that they had absolutely no idea of how to make a braai we would have done it for them. We went inside to start packing and when we came out we found them trying to braai their food in HUGE bonfire!! They used only wood and ALL the firelighters..the food was in the middle of the flames.... :We had to giggle but felt very sorry for them, they just needed some help.
"Saving face is easy. Just keep the lower half of it tightly closed." Bob Hope.