Passing a Weak Stream

Recently I was sitting in a cafe enjoying my chai latte when an old italian guy leans over from the next table proffering a sheet of paper for my attention and says, “Excuse me. Can you tell me…” and begins reciting something from the sheet. ” ‘ how many times over the past month have you had a weak stream when passing urine?’ ” “What does this mean?” he enquires innocently. And I try my best to explain what ‘passing a weak stream’ might involve: a reverie by a babbling brook?; or having a piss that doesn’t cut the mustard? He is seemingly content with my attempt and slides back into his seat. But a minute later he’s beside another cafe dweller, popping the question again – to further clarfiy the intricacies I suppose.

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