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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Terminology of an idiot

What do you do when people say stupid things?

I was participating in a swap with one of my Etsy groups. The theme was "Talkin 'bout my generation". I was to create a little package of goodies with the 1980's in mind. So, I set out to go to a flea market to look for a couple of things.

I called one flea market I knew to see if they were still there.
She said, "Well, we moved across the street."
(There were on the corner, so I wanted to know which side of the street..)
I asked, "So you're on the North side of the highway now?"
She replied, "Well, that depends on which way you're coming from!"

I ate at a restaurant the other day.
I ordered a salad. So did everyone else at my table, because the power was out and that's all that was on the menu at that moment. (Reminds me the story my Parents told me about when they visited Moscow in the early 90's. You have a big elaborate menu, just to make you feel good, but really there is only one thing available. They wont tell you that, though. You have to continue ordering as they continue to reply, "I'm sorry, Sir, we don't have that available today!" until you finally get to the one item they are actually serving!)

So, everyone orders a salad and someone asks, "Does the dressing come on the side or on the salad?"
The server replies very seriously, "Well, I think it's usually tossed, but I don't think it would be any more trouble to ask the cook to put it on the side for you at no extra charge."
We all ordered it on the side because we didn't want to pass up the added value.

I have mentioned before my favorite quote (by my Father): "I have tried to give people the benefit of the doubt that they are reasonably intelligent, but they just keep disappointing me."


  1. Your father is a VERY wise man. I've been biting my tongue a lot lately due to some incredible 'flashes of brilliance' demonstrated by individuals at my day I can no longer speak without pain. :P

  2. I am sitting currently at a local college using the computers, and you would be amazed at what I am hearing all around me... might as well have been dropped straight into an episode of a Paris Hilton special. People will always be people... you've just gotta be glad you're not the one being stupid at that moment!

  3. So perfectly stated, Aloquin!! It's funny, I almost mentioned some of my own stupid blunders in the post, but I'll save them for another day!

    Kathleen, like Dilbert?
    HA HA HA

  4. Some people do tend to say things without thinking, and some people are just...not very smart. You have a wonderful dad :)

  5. Kinda funny, I definitely have an "interesting" Dad. I'll say that much.

  6. Nice quote Dad (wink)

    Mine you used to tell me...

    "You are free to do as you are told"

    Wise man is Pa.

    Strength and honour


  7. LOL Carl!!
    By the way, I've been sending you people to subscribe to your fantastic newsletter!!
    for anyone reading, go to! He's the best!

  8. I think your dad would point to me as living proof.


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