Story and characters are real and not fictitious. Names have been omitted to prevent these people from being jeered/insulted/having tomatoes thrown at them in public places.
Me:Hey hey! I have picked up J’s birthday hamster!!It’s so Cuuuute!It is a he!!!
C: Oh really. (In a very bored tone)
Me: His birthday is on 18th August.
C:Wait. Let me take this down.
Me:Why are you taking it down? Didn’t know that you are so interested in hamsters…
Me:Oiy! Why are you taking down the hamster’s birthday?!
C:Hamster? You mean that’s not J’s birthday?
C:Then say so lar!!!
Me:Yo! I have your birthday present ready! Have to pass it to you!
(Mumble mumble. Meeting date + venue set.)
(Lugging a large cage with great difficulty)
J:Where’s my present? Why did you bring your hamster out? To show me?
Me: Hmmm… That’s not MY hamster.
J is currently feeling very repentent for having hurt his hamster’s feelings with these harsh words. But his hamster (which is a he) is being subjected to more trauma, by being named… VIRGO! Ack!!! He is, at this very moment, trying very hard to dig a hole in the plastic tank, to tuck his head in.
Wednesday 24 September 2003 – Latest update!Virgo has been renamed as JJ. He is beginning to eat a little. There is a marked improvement in his appetite. Not only that, his nightmares have apparently ceased. He looks much happier and relieved.