August 1, 2008

Creepy Leaf Blower

I was going in to work on Monday and there were some fellows out around the building doing landscaping.

I noticed one of them as I was coming up the walkway. He was right near the doors to the building, and was wearing a big leaf blower on a harness. I noticed because the leaf blower was running, but he didn't seem to be actually blowing any leaves. Also, he looked like he was trying to hide behind the trash container.

This seemed strange, because he was quite a bit taller than the trash container. Yet he almost seemed to be trying to make himself smaller.

Also, he was watching me come up the walkway.

When I got up near the doors, he slid out from behind the trash container and said to me:

"Don't shoot me!" (He had to shout it, over the leaf blower.)

This was less odd than it sounds, since I was carrying my violin in its case so I would be able to go straight to my lesson after work. He was making the assassin-with-gun-in-violin-case joke. Now his scrutiny of me made sense (more or less).

I laughed and acknowledged that I got his joke.

So, if some guy is creeping you out, hiding with a leaf blower and watching you, remember he might be waiting to spring a humorous quip on you.

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Posted by James at August 1, 2008 10:46 AM
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It would have taken me several days to get that joke. I haven't thought of the old gun-in-the-violin-case trick in ages. I would have thought he was a lunatic.

Posted by: Julie at August 1, 2008 11:24 AM

Julie, I got the joke right away and I think he's a lunatic.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 1, 2008 11:57 AM

What Patti said. Very creepy. Funny as hell, though!

Posted by: Cindy at August 2, 2008 7:32 AM

I wasn't creeped out once the guy sprung his joke on me. It was just awkward, which is something I can relate to, being somewhat of a social misfit.

I know there are times I've tried to joke with strangers; it's something I've only gotten better at recently. Early on I assumed other people sheared my sense of humor. That rarely worked out so well, but at least it amused me.

Now I know that most strangers prefer a more bland form of humor, and you have to test the waters before you make any interesting jokes. Even then, half the time I just get odd looks.

Posted by: James at August 3, 2008 1:15 AM

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