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May 29th, 2011

And a happy birthday!

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

To the Spouse of the Big Ugly Man Doll!  She’s another year more wonderful; each year she gets older and I get luckier to be married to her. 

Happy Birthday! 



Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!

Right answer, kid

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

Sometimes, the whole “lack of social graces” is not necessarily a bad thing. Today, as part of the SOBUMD birthday celebration, we dragged the whole family shopping. ‘Cause you know, that’s a good time.

While banging through the Giant in Springfield – we don’t usually shop there, but we were in the area for three other stores and hey, it was there – SOBUMD and the younger two were working off the main list while the Human Tape Recorder and I were on search and destroy missions. SOBUMD reported the following encounter, after we were safely gone from the store.

She’d noticed an “older gent” (which is a very relative term for me these days, but he was probably in his early 60s), about 5’8″ with grey hair and a massive pot-belly that puts mine to shame, going through the same aisle they were in, going the other way – and thought nothing of it. Two aisles later, the same guy walked past them, and he struck up a conversation with Number One Son.

Random Dude: “Hi there again! We just saw each other in the ice cream aisle!”
Number One Son:  “Hi.”
Random Dude: “What did you say your name was again?”
Number One Son:  “I didn’t.”

And that was it.  No compunction about being polite, making small talk, making friends – and Number One Son is one of the most well-mannered 10-yr-olds you’d want to meet, and certainly the most well-behaved of our brood.  (I’ll caveat that with, “when he’s had his meds.”  God help you if he hasn’t.)  It so totally floored Random Dude – who might have just been a nice old guy saying hello – that he wandered off flustered, which was totally OK with SOBUMD.  I realized later that it wasn’t that he seemed creepy or gave off bad vibes or anything – Number One Son just started with the assumption that this guy had his facts wrong, and couldn’t even remember that they hadn’t exchanged names a few minutes ago.  Anyone who can’t even keep up with a few minutes ago just isn’t worth his time to talk to.

Fine by me.



Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!