Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Well, Shut My Mouth

There's a fellow at work who comes around every Tuesday to pick up the recyclables. He's mentally challenged and he's the coolest guy. We have the same conversation every week:
Tuesday Guy: 'Morning!
Me: "Morning!
Tuesday Guy: It's Tuesday today.
Me: It sure is!

Well, a while ago I started thinking, we've been having this same conversation for about six years now, maybe I should make an effort to expand it a little. Oh God, he didn't like that. My responses of "yes, and it looks like a nice day, too" and "and tomorrow's Wednesday" met with suspicious glances.
And today I responded "Yup. That's sure a big load you've got today".
Such a look he gave me!
It was obviously pretty distressing to him. I don't want to add to his stress levels at work. I think I'll stick to the script from now on.


Kellee said...

you're one of the nicest people ever Barb...they should make more like you! :)

Anonymous said...

That's sure a big load you've got today

Girlfriend, if I was a guy and you said that to me, I'd look at you funny, too. *wink*

Developmentally challenged people certainly do enjoy their routine, some more than others. I'm sorry you feel like you messed up his day, I completely dislike the thought of you being hurt. I'm sure he'll be over it tomorrow. "Mornin'!" that is.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

aww, Kellee, I must protest. Actually a friend did my personal horrorscope once and it said "you are not as nice as people think you are". Remember that!

Michelle - har, I guess you're right. He probably thought I was coming on to him - poor guy. Sticking to the script from now on!

Conky said...

do not mess with the retarded.....sheesh...have u no manners?

Jas B said...

I tried extending the conversation a bit as well. I did not get the looks but he just ignored me!! I am sticking to the routine too...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jen - I have totally zero manners and I am poorly schooled in retarded culture. I need diversity training.

Jas - glad to hear that it's not just me. And you probably didn't try coming on to him, either...