Overheard at the allergy clinic

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Patient: I’m planning on going to Beijing soon. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to China, not since I studied abroad there.

Nurse: Oh, do you speak Japanese?

To his credit, the twentysomething patient didn’t even skip a beat and said something like, “I speak a little Chinese, yeah.”

I guess you don’t really want to correct the lady about to stick a needle in your arm, but still. We are doomed.

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Oh, the humanity

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A few weeks ago, one of my co-workers at the library found this little “business” card slipped into one of the novels in the Romance section. Typed on one side was the following text:

ATTENTION LADIES
Intelligent, funny, male, 37, seeks affectionate, non-smoking lady,
age unimportant, thin to curvy build, pregnant OK, submissive preferred,
no drugs. XXX-XXXX or emailaddress@yahoo.com

Obviously, I’ve deleted the telephone number and email address to protect the not-so-innocent, but can you believe the nerve of this guy? I wonder how many other cards he inserted into those novels. Apparently he thinks romance novel readers are desperate enough to seek out an anonymous man whose card they find in a library book. Gag.