Sunday, July 17, 2005

Scene 5: Sea World

Thursday, 7/14/05, Sea World.

Surprisingly for such a public place, the day went by relatively harassment-free... until the end. Three incidents total:

1) In the bathroom, small child points to me and yells out, "She's big!" Mom scolds child and tells him it's not polite to point... that people are all different shapes and sizes. This raises a good point. If your child points at a tall person and yells something out about them, don't just laugh it off. Teach your child it's not polite to harass tall people!! Incidentally, I stuck my tongue out at the kid when his mom wasn't looking.. (real mature, I know).. ha ha.

2) In line at the Atlantis roller coaster. A cute girl who works there, about 5 foot 10, politely walks up and asks how tall I am. I tell her and the accolades begin. "Wow, that's so cool. I love tall people! I love being tall! That's awesome!" I decide that it's not harassment when other tall people bring up the height thing.

3) End of the night... not too many people left in the park. So far, so good with the height comments. And then, probably the worst of the worst harassment yet. A squatty little hispanic lady, about 4'9" walks up to Brian (6'6") and me (6'5") and asks if she can have a picture with us!! I just about turned around and killed her right then and there. Instead, I throw my arms up and shriek "NO!" and then stomp dramatically away.

She's got like 20 other little foreign people with her, who, after my little diva stomp-off stand back to see if Brian's going to crush her with his gargantuan might or what. Sweet, confused, unoffended Brian turns to the lady and asks why she wants a picture. With a heavy accent, the lady says, "Because I so little and you so big!" Brian agrees to take a picture with her. The entire crowd moves slowly and carefully toward Brian. Once comfortable, they all swarm Brian and jump into the shot.

In the meantime, I stop about 20 yards ahead and look back, aghast that Brian has volunteered to be the subject of the spontaneous freak show... and for free no less! Afterwords, I scold him for encouraging the unethical treatment of tall people. Now some unknown tall person will have to suffer in the future b/c Brian failed to teach these people that tall people are not put on this earth for their amusement. What a betrayal..


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Kat said...

so i'm allowed to make tall comments since i'm 5'10"? interesting...

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone tall asks about your height and says she is intrigued by your height because she is also tall. You decide that's okay.
Someone short asks you and says she's intrigued because she is so short. She says nothing negative or dumb (that you reported) so why is that not okay? Are you harassing short people? ;-)

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Cladeedah said...

Most of the time the short people say something dumb though! (See previous posts). Eventually, I'll be able to keep statistics and prove this to you. :-)

Plus the majority of people that come up to me are "short," so a tall people minority exception would only result in a minimal level of harassment.

Also, tall people are my peeps! We've all got the same problems w/ living in the short man's world - low shower heads, low door ways, low sinks, hard time finding clothes, hard time finding shoes, hard time finding a mate w/ out a tall fetish, small people constantly bugging us about our basketball skills (or lack thereof), etc etc. There are clubs and support groups for this type of thing, so clearly it's therapeutic to commiserate.

Plus, it's like when you can stay stuff about your family but no one else can.. or like w/ minorities, who can own racial slurs by using them, but it's still not okay for non-minorities.

Plus I think tall people are usually HOT, so why not be sugar sweet when they say hello??!!!

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Randi said...

so if you guys get asked to take pictures, how much do you think i can get of the ones of us at the last party on ebay?

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Cladeedah said...

Hmm.. probably nothing since they're already posted for all to see on the internet. ;-)


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