Monday, August 16, 2010

Overheard at the Office

(Background) Therapy Girl had a brief moment of tears when she realized one of the talismans of her son who died two years ago is falling into disrepair.  She and Records Girl and I had a couple of minutes where we gave her some encouragement.  She recounted how in the days just after his death she walked around numbly wondering why other people were still living lives so calmly, "Didn't they know her son had died?"  Then she laughed and mentioned how a woman attempted empathy at that time by saying when her ferret had been stolen she felt the same way.  Much laughter follows.

After the morning rush dies down.

Records Girl: I am so glad it's not August 13 any more.  If I had to hear you tell one more patient it was National Left-handers Day when they asked the date I was going to hurt you.

Lime: But you'll never forget the date for National Left-handers Day again will you?  And just wait until it's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

RG: There's a Talk Like A Pirate holiday?

Lime: Yep.  September 19th.

Therapy girl : (poking her head around the corner and asking incredulously)  How would you even know that???

Lime: (matter of factly as if it is as natural a celebration as one's birthday) Because I celebrate it.

TG & RG burst out in hysterics

TG: Well naturally, of course.

RG: You are insane.

Lime: (smiling with pride) Thank you.

Phone rings

Lime: (answering and giggling) Hello, XYZ Chiropractic. Lime speaking. How may I help you?

Caller: (with mock indignation) And WHAT are you laughing at?

Lime: (who recognizes the caller's voice and knows her to have a good enough sense of humor to handle the response) Arr, lassy.  I be laughin' over Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The caller concludes her business and Lime hangs up.

TG rounds the corner with an overly  serious look on her face.

Lime: (in exaggerated sympathy) Aww, are you ok?  You look like someone just stole your ferret.

TG and RG nearly fall over in a fit of laughter.

Bemused Patient: (after listening to the above conversation and chuckling through it during her workout session) You guys really need to take your act on the road.

Lime: Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for the hot new band The Stolen Ferrets touring all the finest chiropractic waiting rooms in the area to promote their latest album "Don't They Know?"

The crowd goes wild

EDIT 9:19 am:  Because some people think I made up Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Check here.


Craig said...

People steal ferrets? Seriously?

You guys are having entirely too much fun there in your office. . .


~Tim said...

Hey, when is National Left-Handed Compliment Day?

G-Man said...

I'm waiting for Commando Day!

Kat said...

Hahaha!!! That is too funny.

Mona said...

That was funny! :D I would love to see a Lime Band!

jinksy said...

Bet you'd be a wow on the road! lol :)

Anonymous said...

Talk like a pirate day? You made that up.

Shammickite said...

I'm waiting for National Right Handed Redheaded Grandma with a funny English Accent Day. Any idea when that might be coming up?

Craver Vii said...

Two of my kids are left-handed. I wish I had known about that before. I should do a better job of picking my calendars next year.

Facebook has been helpful for me to remember Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving me a good laugh Lime...after the last few days of technomania I needed it.

Cheers for news that my left-handedness is celebrated over there.

Avast and Ahoy!

S said...

That job is really workin out for you, aint it!

Eric Alder said...

You’ve been nominated by me!

Anonymous said...

when is it talk like a stolen ferret pirate day???

Logophile said...

I had no idea celebrating these was not widely embraced. I've celebrated them both for years, along with lots of other interesting holidays.
I'd come see your show

Jocelyn said...

I just found out yesterday that FB has a language setting for "Pirate." Is that true? I haven't checked!

This left-hander thanks you for your support, btw. (and very genuinely thanks you for giving her hubs and daughter comments on their ventures into blogging)

secret agent woman said...

That's a Sunday this year, which reduces the fun unless you are a church-goer. Or better yet, a priest! "The body of Christ, that scurvy dog, the bread of heaven Arrr!"