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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Memorable Responses

Today Ed and I stopped at Safeway to pick up just a few things. As we walked in, there was a young man at a table by the front door who asked us if we would like a free copy of the local paper. We both responded, "No thanks." He said, "Have a nice day," and we went in the store.

Not more than 15 minutes later we walked out the same door and he again asked us if we would like a paper! Still no thanks! Now, granted there were a few other people going in and out of that door, and we certainly aren't that memorable - but it still struck us as funny.

Which made me think of two other "responses" that were pretty amusing. Several years ago Ed and I used one of our timeshares for a week of down time after Christmas. We wound up in Myrtle Beach (don't even get me started!) and stayed at a really nice place. Golf is a big thing in Myrtle Beach. Miniature Golf is just as big. When we were checking in, there was this cute, young blond girl with the golf outfit on and a ponytail who welcomed us, told us about the resort and then asked us, with a big smile on her face, if we played golf. We both responded "no" which caused her expression to stall in mid-smile and for a few moments she looked like a Stepford Wife who had a misfire. I mean, we were probably the only people at that resort who didn't golf. Finally she gathered her wits about her, told us about the welcome breakfast the next day, and then looked up at us with a big smile and said, "Do you play golf?" Since barely five minutes had passed since the first time she asked, we said , "Nope, still don't." Now she was really lost so she raced through the rest of her questions and got us the heck out of there.

But my all-time favorite is when we lived in Denver and my twins were about two years old. We were at one of the malls and there was a kiosk in the middle which sold ice cream. It was summer so we decided to get a couple of milkshakes. There wasn't anyone else at the counter and the girl was standing there looking at us so my husband said, "We'd like two chocolate milk shakes with chocolate ice cream, please," She said to us, "This side is closed, please go over to the other side." Which we did - even though the whole kiosk was only about 6 feet long on each side and was so small inside that the girl didn't have to do anything but turn around.. But we pushed the stroller over to the other side at which point the girl turned around and said, "Can I help you?" We just looked at her for a second and then burst out laughing. I don't even remember if we got the milkshakes.

Have you ever had one of those "responses" that leaves you a bit speechless?


Mellodee said...

LOL! The ice cream girl sounds like a Monty Python sketch....can't you just see John Cleese in the kiosk?? Well, I guess that's what they mean when they say "Art imitates Life." Funny, funny, funny!

ba and the boys said...

love the ice cream girl story!
i always like it when i thank a cashier at the store and they are just like 'wha?'. or better-when they say 'youre welcome' but never thank me for my business!