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a man too drunk to walk is a dead weight

1948

Four teenagers on a night out decide to go to the beach. A double date, the girls are sisters. They walk to the end of Whyte Street and turn north, heading for Glenelg.

Partway along they see a man carrying a man on the beach, the shore, and he’s heading south. This man was described as being ‘well-dressed.’ His burden was assumed to be too drunk to walk.

A man too drunk to walk usually has to be lifted from his chair, or bed, or the floor he has fallen to and manoeuvred onto your shoulder. Then you have to stand and adjust the weight until he’s balanced. Changing shoulders on the journey would be difficult, and walking on sand, regardless of the tide, would be hard going.

A man too drunk to walk is a dead-weight.

Then there is the problem with his alcohol content and whatever it is mixing with in his stomach. Food. Moving a man too drunk to walk is risky in this respect, and moving a man who has already thrown up is unpleasant.

If the well-dressed man didn’t have a car and had been out drinking with a friend at one of the local hotels you might expect him to be in about the same condition. But he wasn’t.

If the well-dressed man had been called at home by a hotel proprietor and asked to pick up his inebriated friend, would he have taken it literally?

2017

Four teenagers on a night out decide to go to the beach. A double date, the girls are sisters. They walk to the end of Whyte Street and turn north, heading for Glenelg.

Partway along they see a man carrying a man along the beach, the shore, and he’s heading south. This man was described as being ‘well-dressed.’ His burden was assumed to be too drugged to walk.

 

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