Lessons will be learned!
Fridays are our ‘get ‘er done’ days at work- usually promised 4-5 hours
but, for some insane reason, our orders from Advance Auto stores have
picked up! Holidays don’t sound like a good time, in my opinion, to work
on cars! But parts are rolling out of our distribution center like crazy!
Last Friday, (Nov. 15th), I went to my dermatologist and took the whole half
day off. I ended up doing errands and had a great lunch out at a place called
“The Horsey Inn” on the way westward towards Marysville. I got a couple
of irregular spots on my left leg “frozen” and my four month check-up of
my ear. Poor ear, no draft took so it has a little notch out of it. The Dr. I go
to locally bemoaned this, sorry that the other Dr. in Westerville, is still
sending me bills to pay up until 2014! I found out from him, you may
remember, that you need to be concerned more about your left side of
your face (and ears) if you drive and forget that the windows won’t
protect you from sun damage. My two spots on leg, notice, were also
on the left side. So, from now on, I will be slathering on the over SPF 30
all over in odd places!
Someone told me this past Monday, Nov. 18th, that a man who lives in
my building was “speculating about my whereabouts and had told a
complete bunch of smokers, out in the ‘butt hut,'” that I “couldn’t have
been sick, since my car was not in the apt. parking lot all day last Friday!”
(Well, someone ‘spilled the beans’ and without saying his name, I have
had fun this week telling people about the appointment that I made in
June, that I had plans for the other few hours that I used my sick time,
Hmmm… “How to approach this person?”
My almost-seething self wondered? I was partly amused as I dropped off
my copies of my “Excuse Back to Work” in triplicate: one to the HR person
for my files, one to my immediate boss and one to my boss’ boss. Also,
told my immediate boss,
“I have an appointment in May, 2014, should I wait till January to let
you know? Oh, and here is my request off for November 26th for my eyes
to get dilated and extensive tests. (You may or may not know I had two
laser procedures for narrow eye glaucoma a couple of years ago…) And,
I wrote this down for needing an hour of sick time on this day to go to
She responded, “You will still end the year with over 40 hours’ sick time,
And, Melvin took up the humorous approach of sneaking up, all of
a sudden, into my work areas, and springing hilarious and outrageous
assumptions and accusations!
Here are a few and hope to bring you some Saturday chuckles!
1.) “I know what you did last summer!” He whispered, conspiratorily.
2.) “I saw that man from the gas station with you on your living room
carpet.” He whispered and winked!
3.) “I know that you ate a hot dog for breakfast!” He rubbed his chubby
belly and smiled.
4.) “I know that you were out past midnight on Tuesday night!” (Well,
folks, that one was TRUE!)
5.) “I know you take plastic silverware home from McD’s so you don’t
have to wash dishes!” (Ok, Melvin, that one is true, too!)
6.) “I know what you wear to bed! You better close those blinds!” He
smirked and rolled his eyes…
I am not kidding, once Melvin gets it in his head to tease, he will do it
endlessly! These are only a few that I could remember. I was eating with
the girls, and he was over with the guys who face the other direction to
watch the sports network. He snuck up on me, watching the noisy, happy
“The New Price is Right with Drew Carey.”
Melvin put his hand on my shoulder, whispered rather loudly these words,
“I know that you have a crush on someone who works here and lives in
your apartment!” Everyone at my table and the next one started to laugh!
Tammy roared and said, “You are too funny, Melvin!”
Not a chance that I would have a crush on this man, who is above average
looking, but is extremely fastidious and too law-abiding for my tastes!
I blame my liking (or loving) “bad boys” on those two men in the poster
that hung above my bed throughout my older teens and into college
years, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! (My Dad put little strips of
finishing wood to frame that infamous poster up!)
So… What have I done to the ‘guilty party,’ Don? I have been incessantly
telling him my plans. I have been preparing him for my upcoming sick
time days and my personal scheduled activities. Just in case he wants
to report them, just getting the facts straight.
Have I directly told him, “I know you blabbed about my car’s location
and the way you assumed I called in sick?”
Nope, that is not my “mode of operandi!”
By pulling my ‘chain,’ he better watch out for my subtle way of retaliation!
Any suggestions for “revenge” in a tasteful way?