Ha. Ha. Ha. Fire pole.

‘This happens everywhere I go!’

Grandmother: “Oh really? Well, you have a very happy smiling face.”

‘It doesn’t matter where I sit, they always find me.’

2 year old long haired blue eyed blonde boy who is turned around to stare and smile at me: (verbalized) “Ha.” “Ha.” “Ha.” “Ha.” — “Fire pole”.

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We’ve really got to stop meeting like this.

There is an older man who I’ve seen once or twice a week at this coffee shop. He comes in and sits next to me at the bar.

Last time, he came in, greeted me, then ate & read the paper in silence. Then, upon leaving, turned and said (with a twinkle), “Well, it was nice talking to you.”

He just came in. The only available seat at the bar was next to me.

 

“I see you saved me a seat!”, he says.
“I did! And this paper (that was already here) is yours, too!”

He smiled and then walked to the front to order his soup and sandwich.

When he came back, he turned to me and said, “We’ve really got to stop meeting like this.”
“I know, they’re beginning to start rumors!”

He laughed, sat down, and is now doing what he does.

Cool guy.

PART II – January 27 (the next day)

My old man friend is back.

He just came in, set down his paper and water cup.

I stood up to take care of my dirty plate and make room for him, but he took it from me without saying anything and took care of it (I said “thank you”).

When he came back with his soup and sandwich he said with a twinkle in his eye, “I don’t care what they say, you and I are going to be OK.” :)

…[time passes]…

He just turned to me as he gathered his things, “I hope you’ll be able to carry on without me.”

I said, “I don’t know — perhaps if I knew I’d see you again soon.”

He said, “Sorry no, I won’t see you until tomorrow. I hope you don’t get separation anxiety.”

I said, “Gosh, I hope not — pointing to my coffee — I’ll just drink of much of this as possible and try to carry on.”

He said, “You know, as an Irishman, I think I know what could help you.”

“What?”, I asked as he started walking towards the door.

He turned and said, “Add some whiskey.” and smiled.

I laughed.

He wears a gold wedding band — and yes, now that I’ve heard more than a few words in a row from him, he does have a bit of an accent.

As I said yesterday, cool guy.

One of the staff who wipes down tables came up to me after he left and smiled, “So — you have a study buddy now.”

I said, “I think I do!” :)

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The 'good customer' discount.

I walk into Subway.
“Hey man, the usual?”
Sure! Let’s do it!
*makes sandwich*
2nd staff person: “You’re a good customer, so we’re giving you a discount.”.

Being consistently friendly has its rewards.

(Subway. Colorado Springs. I think this was my 4th time here).

I never mentioned getting lots of free stuff (bread, coffee cake…) at a Panera Bread in Albany, New York. Or lots of free stuff at Starbucks in Crescent City, CA… It does happen.

This was the first time I ever got a 10{82b2ded5ae086bbe31c001f0374079c9503b180ae813ec027549eb44365a9474} discount at Subway though… Even though they have been giving me free drinks. “Have a water cup, but put whatever you want in it.

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The red headed attendant

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Walk in to 7-Eleven. I’m looking for the coffee station. One of the attendants — a red headed girl — walks up behind me, “Excuse me, sir! You dropped something!”

I stop and look down and scan the floor. I don’t see anything. I look back up and meet her eyes with a questioning look.

“You dropped your smile!” she says.

I couldn’t help but laugh. “Ah, you found it!” she says laughing.

Soooo cheesy. It was awesome. Still makes me laugh thinking about it.

Themes:

Trader Joe's Fun thyme.

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Trader Joe’s cashier finishes ringing me up, then discovers a bottle of thyme on her counter…

“Oops, wait. Is this thyme yours?”

Without hesitation, “This time, this thyme is not mine! Maybe next time!”

She laughed.

(My first thyme joke. Guess I can cross that off my bucket list.) ;)

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Themes:

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You must make a lot of money!

I walk back to my laptop — the woman sitting behind me says, “You have such a beautiful screensaver! I love those photos!”
Thank you — those are mine.
“You took those!!!?”
Yes. *looking at my screen* That one’s from New Mexico. That one is Redwood National Park. That one is Pacifica, CA…
“You must make a lot of money!”
*laughs* I don’t make a dime. Maybe one day.

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