Thursday, October 21, 2010

Worst...or Best (?) Pick-up Line

This happened a few months ago, but the incident popped into my head and gave me a laugh, so I thought I'd share.

I went to establish a memebership at a local college's recreation center. Since, I am an alumni, I receive a huge discount and the facility is extremely nice. I just wanted a place where I could swim through the winter. When I went to the recreation services office, I made it just before closing. The lady, who I spoke with several times on the phone, had already left for the day. The director of the department, who was a man, was there instead. Immediately, he told me that I looked familiar and asked if we had met before. I politely told him, "no," but offered some ways, in which we might have seen each other around town. Did he cycle? No. Did he run? Yes. Well, that might be that time, all I did was run, bike and swim, in preparation for my triathlon. He said that he did triathlons. Well, his mouth said that, his body said the only triathlons that he did was eat, drink and run to the bathroom when he had too much Mexican food. But, I digress.

We moved on to my membership. He told me that if I was an alumni, I received a year free! The lady on the phone told me one month free for being an alumni, as well, as a monthly discount. I was estatic! Being a girl has its advantages sometimes. Then he went back to, "you look so familiar." Ok, I thought we'd covered this. But the man just gave me a year free membership, so again, I'm trying to help him out. I have a large family, maybe you know one of my siblings? People say we look alike. Did you go to U of M? No, turns out he *just* moved to Memphis two weeks ago from NYC. Two weeks?? Why was I wasting my time trying to help him figure out how he knew me?

After he told me that he'd only been in town for two weeks, again he started with the looking familiar crap. THEN, he said, "are you on any internet dating sites?" Uh-huh, now, the truth comes out. Lame. Negatory on that one, "Mr. You Look Familiar."

So, if I were on internet dating sites and said "yes," wouldn't it have been the perfect "in" for him to ask for a date? What do you think? Anyone have some horrible pick up lines thrown their way?

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Month of All Things Pink

Since, this month is breast cancer awareness month, Susan G. Komen's signature pink has found its way into so many consumer products. The foundation's pink ribbons have expanded to pink shirts, caps, back packs, and even store grocery bags. It's absolutely amazing how much support the foundation, as well as, the entire month of October, receives.

On my last grocery shopping trip, here's how I was greeted at the check out line (ok, I acknowledge that it's not the best quality, but I was trying not to delay the line too much. cut me some slack):

How can this not make you smile? How? This lady made my day! After a long, stressful day, this lady (inadvertently) reminded me that life shouldn't be taken too seriously.

I hope that, sooner rather than later, there is a cure for this awful disease. In the meantime, keep showing your fun style, Memphis!