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Rendered Speechless
The end of a long crazy week, one which consisted of working way too many hours. It's a Friday night, and I didn't make it out of the office until 8:30. I've been too distracted to do much of anything other than work, exercise, and sprawl on my couch staring at the television. Apologies to anybody I've neglected.

Anyway, I thought I'd record a little story that came to mind for some unknown reason when I was watching a talk show earlier this evening. It involves a business class I took a few months ago. The instructor was Dutch. He was quite outspoken and entertaining, fun to chat with. We exchanged a lot of friendly banter throughout the week-long class.

The last day of class, he was wearing a very nice purple shirt. He'd dressed in white shirts and ties all week, but on Friday he wore a purple shirt (still with a necktie). I liked the shirt, so I complimented him on it, told him a few times how much I liked it.

Later that day, I mentioned to him how I'd had my family over to my house the night before for a campfire. We had the traditional American campfire food: s'mores. He immediately pretended to be crushed that I hadn't invited him.

I told him that it had been just family, that I hardly knew him, that in fact it hadn't even occurred to me to invite him.

He opened his eyes wide at that. He raised his hands in a gesture of futility and mourned dramatically, "Do you think my tears will stain my purple shirt?"


I must say, it was one of the few times when I've been rendered completely speechless. I opened and closed my mouth a few times. Finally I stuttered out, "I can't even come up with a response to that." He'd achieved a level of ridiculousness that even I could not meet.
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bjorng From: bjorng Date: November 21st, 2003 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
So was he pulling your leg, or was he serious? (Or could you tell? That's often hard across cultural boundaries.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 22nd, 2003 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure he was pulling my leg. In fact, I am pretty sure that very little of what he said when he was not teaching was meant to be taken seriously! He was a pretty entertaining guy.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: November 22nd, 2003 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Nothing like having to get things done under deadlines, I caught a new thing on Friday afternoon, meeting scheduled for when I usually leave on Fridays, that has to be in production by December 15th - with a two day Thanksgiving holiday break, so 13 work days. Just a little thing to keep track of $17 millon.
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