Sunday, December 11, 2005

Scene 191: County Building

I get into the elevator with this lady who is about 5'4". (Did I mention yet that I'm ridiculously good at estimating other people's height? Many theories surrounding why, but that's not what this post is about. Anyway..) Here's how our chat went:

County Worker: I have a really weird question to ask you, I hope you don't mind..
Me: (Somewhat intrigued.. A weird question? How fun, what could it possibly be about???) What is it?
County Worker: How tall are you?
Me: (HEY! That's not a weird question! In fact, that's the SAME OLD QUESTION!! ::SIGH:: Here we go again..) 6'5"
County Worker: (Honestly, I can't really remember what all she said next.. something about her getting jipped in the height department, something about all the tall relatives she's got in her family, something about how she has to hem all her pants... She talked to me about her being short and me being tall all the way to the parking lot, which was like 10 minutes away. She was nice and friendly though, so I won't make fun of her too bad for it.)


At 12:08 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Oh yeah, how tall am I? :P

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

You and your husband should go on vacation to China sometime. It'll drive you batty!

I'm a short but not absurdly so man. Most of the time I don't get a second look. But once in China it was "Freak Show" time. Mobs full of school children would wave and yell "Herro!! Herro!! Herro!!" the only word in English they knew. People would come up to me and my friend and ask how long we'd been in China. Knick-knack vendors, taxi drivers, hotel touts would latch onto us and not let go. One smug ass wanted to have his picture taken with me, the Extra-Terrestrial from America. I'm not even an American and still EVERYONE wanted English lessons. Yup, being an "old foreign ghost" was a barrel of laughs. NOT.

If you went you'd probably get ten times the attention that we did. "Are all Americans tall like you?" "If you are an American why don't you have yellow hair and blue eyes? All Americans have yellow hair and blue eyes." "Are you an English teacher? Will you teach me English?" "Hello! Hello! Hello!"


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