So for my job (designing fire protection systems), I sometimes go out to survey job sites. Yesterday I was out on one such survey at a hospital, and I decided to grab lunch at the cafeteria. On the way to the cafeteria, I shared an elevator ride with this woman who had a hand puppet. I figured she just did little shows for the kids or something, and didn’t think too much of it. That is, until she and her puppet began having a two-way conversation. Here’s kind of how it went:

Woman: What floor?

Me: First.

Puppet (woman’s voice, of course): Oooooh! Can I push the button?

Woman: Why, of course you can!

Puppet: Yippee! (Woman makes puppet push button.)

Me: ?????????

Woman: So how is your day going?

Puppet: Great! Thanks for asking. How about you?

Woman: Oh, pretty good.

Puppet (to me): Oh yeah, she’s weird. She talks to dolls all day.

Me: Um, hehe…okay.

So I was like, wow. Maybe she really needed to practice. I don’t know. But something tells me that’s not something you see everyday! I mean, as far as I know, I was not in a mental hospital. I wish you could have seen it. Really. Anyhow, after that, a homeless guy in the cafeteria asked me for 30 more cents so he could buy a meal. I had no change, so I gave him a dollar. Then the cashier gave him the meal for free anyway. Then I ate the most abysmal-tasting cheeseburger of my entire life. I don’t even think it was beef.

It was an interesting day…

In other news, Drea is ecstatic because I am letting her buy the camera that she has been hounding me about FOREVER. :) Through a series of stipulations (including the sale of her wedding dress, her current camera, and forgoing the purchase of clothes for the next several months), Drea finally convinced me. I have also been warned that to test out the settings of her camera, we will be randomly stopping at locations deemed photo-worthy to take pictures. Ah, the sweet compromises of marriage. So, this blog should soon be featuring professional-quality photos a la my wife. Be ye prepared!

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