Ask, Part 2

by teresalaynebennett

photo of Ireland's old House of Lords, in the Bank of Ireland building

Phillip, a tall-case clock, & me

(If you haven’t read the 9/29/13 blog post,
Ask and You Shall Receive, this one
won’t make much sense until you do.)

I’m telling you, this asking gig works like magic.

Today, we popped over to Dublin. After checking into our hotel, we beat feet to our first planned destination: The Bank of Ireland. Sounds fascinating, huh?

Actually, it is. The Bank of Ireland has some pretty cool digs, namely the building which used to house the Irish Parliament before they disbanded to become part of the Parliament in London. (Not a very good idea, they later discovered, but there you go. Hindsight’s usually spot-on.)

When the Irish Parliament disbanded, they no longer needed such a grand building and sold it to the Bank of Ireland. The bank Mucky-Mucks immediately dismantled half of it, turning that bit into bank offices. But thankfully, they kept the other half – the House of Lords – to use as a meeting room (a very grand, knock-your-socks-off meeting room, as is the main room where ordinary bank patrons stand in line for a teller).

According to my pre-trip research, short informal tours are given every Tuesday at three scheduled times. So, we showed up today – Tuesday – for the 11:30 tour.

You know
where I’m headed with this.

“Not today. No tours today, as the bank personnel are having meetings all day, tomorrow, the next day, too.”

Here comes the aw-shucks, we-came-all-the-way-from-Colorado routine that, by now, we’re getting pretty darn good at. And it worked – again. A very nice security cop named Phillip said, “Oh, tell you what. It’s leven-terty now. I take my lunch at 12. Why don’t you coom back at 1:00, when the meeting’s adjourned for two hours, and I’ll take you ’round?”

Phillip is way more than a security guard, as it turns out. He gave us the history of the 1831 tapestries, still hanging in the House of Lords turned board meeting room. He pointed out plenty of other historical bits – behind roped off areas – and then handed us off to an equally chatty colleague who offered more historical tidbits.

So. Once again, dear ones, on a day when “no tours are being given,” we received a private tour . . . simply because we asked.

See how this works? I do hope you’re paying attention. Ask and you very likely will receive. Don’t ask and you very likely won’t receive. It’s just that simple.

© 2013, Teresa Layne Bennett

red box with white text of old Chinese proverb: "Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time."

Don’t you love old Chinese proverb humor?