Monday, August 29, 2011

The hazards of working incognito

Mr. RK and I have our little traditions. One of them is that every day, we ask each other, "Did anything interesting or funny happen today?"

Here is Mr. RK's funny story of the day:

He is sitting outside, soaking up the sun (since he'd be happy if it was 109 every day, except we live in Oregon), and this guy comes out and sits next to him and starts talking.

Guy: "So yeah - my TV broke, but you know? I have a new perspective now that my girlfriend's pregnant. It doesn't matter anymore. I don't need to drive my fast car anymore."

Mr. RK thinks: "Who the fuck is this guy?!"

Then, suddenly, Mr. RK realizes it's P, a guy he has worked with for the past three weeks...except since they test electron microscopes, they are in bunny suits in a clean room.

So he didn't recognize P.

I imagine it's the same kind of hazard as you'd run into if you were a penguin.


Claire said...

Heh! Too funny, for sure. You always have the best stories!


Alpha Za said...

haha, baller. talk about work place disguises.

Lynn said...

Exactly! How funny. :)

My niece from Portland was down south with us for July 4 weekend and just reveled in the hotness and humidity that is north Florida. I guess the grass is always greener... I told her that your weather sounds great to me.

wigsf3 said...

Here's a funny story I witnessed last night.
I went to a funeral home for a visitation. My friend Bob's grandfather passed away. I happen to have the same first name of Bob's uncle who passed away a couple of months ago.
When I walked into the room, Bob's father said to Bob's mother "Look who decided to make an appearance, WIGSF."
Bob's mother thought he was talking about the dead uncle. When I greeted her and gave her my condolences, she looked like she had just seen a ghost. Bob's parents then spent the next 15 minutes arguing over whether or not Bob refers to me by my whole first name, or the abbreviated form on my first name. And I've been close friends with Bob for over twenty years.
I guess it was only funny if you were there.

Hollis H. Notgrass said...

haha! I have that same problem sometimes, in the medical field. People in scrubs with masks and/or "bunny suits" on make face recognition hard. And i'm a total loser when it comes to remembering people's names, so i'd be even worse, because i'd not even able to go, "oh, it's P from surgery!" LOL.

Riot Kitty said...

C: I laughed quite a bit...
AZ: I still can't believe he didn't recognize him.
L: After the 90 degree temps, cooler and cloudy the last couple days is OK.
WIFSF: So you spent all of that time and effort to say you didn't find the story funny because you weren't there? Quality time spent.
H: That is hilarious!

G said...

WIGSF: I think even if I was there and witnessed the entire exchange, I wouldn't have found it funny.

Dull and boring, which seems to be your speed, yes.

Funny, no.

Ya see, humor is in the eye of the beholder, and while you may never find that someone who you've only had non-visual contact with suddenly strikes up a rather personal conversation to be funny, others here do.

I find it funny, because I've experienced the same thing with co-workers and friends who I've never seen but converse with daily on the phone or via e-mail.

Now this can also be considered a long winded story, just like yours. But whereas yours really didn't have a point, mine does.

Riot Kitty said...


Darth Weasel said...

I have to say...I have worked in the same building with some people for years without ever learning their names. At some family reunions I have to get constant updates on who some people are...because I never have separated their names. I even have two cousins who I like...and can never remember which is which. No, they are not twins.

Some of us are just really bad at recognition

Riot Kitty said...

Hahahaha! I have 25 first cousins. Welcome to my nightmare.

Anil P said...

And to think everyone says technology has shrunk the world and made the world smaller!

Granny Annie said...

It is funny unless you are the "unrecognized". I ran into a very good friend of mine a while back. I ran up and started talking to her a mile a minute and rejoicing at seeing her again. She was staring at me blankly and I realized she did not have a clue who I was. She only knew me with short hair and I was wearing a wig of much longer hair plus I weighed about 50 pounds more and she didn't have a clue. I couldn't believe she did not even recognize my voice. I was quite offended.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I imagine that's how I'd feel meeting a proctologist. If I ever had one, I'd never recognize hime due to being unable to look him in the eye.

Riot Kitty said...

Anil: I know, right? :)
GA: Wow, really? Although I guess it's better than if you had been 50 lbs heavier when you saw her again. But you talk about clueless.
ABFTS: I wish I had thought of that!

Senorita said...

Love the LOL cat !

I can understand not recognizing someone because they are in a bunnysuit.

I take it to a whole nother level because I barely recognize people I see at work outside of the workplace, I am that bad with remember people.

Riot Kitty said...

S: I tried to comment on your latest post yesterday but I cannot find a link for comments?

John McElveen said...

Awesome! And the fact they are in Bunny Suits- just "Magnified" the laughter! You are a riot!!!!



LL Cool Joe said...

Yeah right and just see what happens to that guy a few months after the baby is born! He'll be driving as fast as he can to the shop to get a new TV!

Riot Kitty said...

John: Glad you liked it! I love to laugh, and making other people laugh. Although usually I do it by accident, and they're laughing at me ;)
Joey: Haha! I'll keep you posted.