On things you have done for a very short time
A couple of years ago, I was visiting my dad Professor J.C. Duck down in Truro, that well-known roadkill-eating capital of the world.
On a spare day, we went into the City Centre for a bit of sight-seeing and shopping. Wandering in and out of shops that were exactly the same as those in every other town in the UK, we stumbled across a crumbling building in a backstreet behind the cathedral with a large, hand-written sign outside.
"AUCTION: TODAY" it said.
Neither I nor my charming wife had ever been to an auction before, and spurred on by a world of orange-skinned David Dickinson and cheap-as-chips bargains, we decided to give it a go.
So, we squeezed into a packed auction room and found a couple of seats near the back just in time to hear the auctioneer's hammer and the words:
"SOLD! To the gentleman in the green baseball hat. And that concludes today's sale..."
I have, then, spent a total of three seconds of my life in auctions.
Of course, I could say that I was that gentleman in the hat just for comic effect, but that would be 100% of lie.
OK, I WAS that gentleman in the hat, and I'd just bought a piston engine. Happy?
What, he asks, shamelessly stealing the idea from Danny Baker's BBC London show, have you done for short periods of time? Premature ejaculators need not apply.