Archive for the 'Oddities' Category

08
Jun
09

Eavesdropping

“I think I’ll go out and buy some strippers tonight.”

Sometimes you overhear the oddest of conversations on drive thru. And really it’s not even limited to a drive thru workers periodic “accidental” eavesdropping. Think about all of the places that you have had a conversation with friends and family and how many people could have overheard you.

Usually, the real dangers come not from people overhearing your conversations but from people misunderstanding overheard conversations. Or people hearing parts of sentences that don’t necessarily go together. We’ve all done that grade school game of where you whisper a phrase into your neighbor’s ear until it gets passed down along the line. You know, the game that teaches just how important it is to really listen because it is so easy to mishear something.

I’ve had a manager come up to me and my sister to ask us why we were talking about them when we really weren’t. But all it takes is one word or name heard and they assume that the entire conversation is about them.

I’d have to tell them that frankly, they’re not that important.

01
Jun
09

How Chipper is too Chipper?

Is there a starting point in the day when being happy and cheerful goes from too happy to just happy? And really, who decides these things? Does someone sit there and decide that anyone happy before nine in the morning is too chipper? Why not ten or eight?

One of my customers today told me that I was too chipper too early in the morning. I told him that one of us had to be and if he wasn’t going to smile over it then I had to. He had to smile at the point. I told him, “See? Now my job has been done.” He left my window smiling.

One smile down, half a million to go.

31
May
09

Male chauvinists have their place

My tire went flat today. Despite the view that my sisters have of me, I do know how to change a tire. I may not like to and try to get out of it if possible, but I do know how. Of course it wasn’t necessary at all today.

We discovered my tire was flat as we pulled out of the parking spot to go home. You’re probably wondering why we didn’t notice sooner. There’s a very good reason for that. My sister was driving home and it was on the driver side. I swear it wasn’t my fault. Anyway, we got my jack out only to find out that it has somehow broken since the last time it was used. Go figure. So we broke out the newer, but less functional jack. It’s nicer, but it’s missing the handle to raise it with. We tried assorted items from my car, but nothing was working well. My sister heads inside to try to borrow a screwdriver or something.

She comes back out with our manager in tow. He is well known to everyone at the store but himself to be a male chauvinist. For example, he refuses to hire maintenance people that are women. Anyway, with his help we got the car lifted up.

I wanted to put this story up to prove that chivalry isn’t dead and that there is a time and place where male chauvinists are welcome.