Thursday, February 08, 2007

Feeling Like a Fool

I walked into the men's room at work to find the solitary urinal occupied by one of the account executives who works upstairs. We've seen each other on occasion and have exchanged pleasantries, but that's about the extent of our relationship. I gave him a "How goes?" (no pun intended) and made my way to one of the stalls, not expecting a reply.

"So, do you think I need to stop at the store to pick up something for dinner?" he asked, still facing the wall.

I stopped dead in my tracks and did a quick scan of the men's room. No one else was there. I looked back at him...one hand rested on his hip while the other, well, you know, WASN'T holding a cell phone, so I decided he must be talking to me. "Ummm, I don't know...I guess it depends on what you want," I offered, a little unnerved and still unsure of why in the world he would ask me such a question.

He wasn't talking to me. He turned his head toward me (his body was still engaged) to reveal a wireless Bluetooth receiver in his left ear. Darn you, modern technology! Dude was apparently making dinner plans with wifey-poo while taking a leak. Talk about multitasking. He shot me a quick grin then turned back to continue his conversation and finish the job. I felt like a big dork (pun again not intended), and walked swiftly into the nearest stall where I conducted my business while waiting patiently for him to exit the men's room.

Thank goodness I don't see him that often, but I'm not going to avoid him. Next time I see him I'm going to ask him what they had for dinner. He'll probably have no idea of what I'm talking about and I'll look like a dork again...what's new.

2 comments:

eshinee said...

Kate has one of those and I end up doing the same thing you did, only all the time. I'll walk into the kitchen and she'll be standing at the stove, stirring something in a pan, and say, "So, when are you guys coming up here?" I'll be, like, "Um... I'm up here now. I don't know when Rob is coming up though." She looks at me and laughs. She's actually talking to her folks. Plus, she's got shoulder-length hair so that, even when she's looking right at me, I can't see it when her hair is down. Utter confusion!

It's like car alarms; soon the whole world could actually go bonkers and we'd never know the difference.

the battered ham said...

At least you know her and can laugh about it. Hopefully she's not grasping any private parts when you walk in on her! Awkward!