Thursday, February 23, 2006

Where's Waldo

Here is a real conversation that was overheard in my place of employment the other day:

L and J are talking at L's desk...

L: So where is Vermont? Is Vermont in Connecticut?

J: Um, no, Vermont is Vermont.

L: Huh?

J: It's its own state.

L: Oh, yeah.

Now, it is hard to read a tone of voice, so let me tell you that the last comment of "Oh, yeah" was said in a way that made it quite clear that L had no clue what J was talking about.

No, I do not work at an elementary school. These are professional or semi-professional people in an office setting. And they have an education and degrees! Scary, isn't it? I will be the first to admit that my geography skills have been lacking since I studied the maps, states and capitals in grade school, but I am pretty sure that I would never mistake an entire state for a city! Then again, New York is both a city and a state. I wonder if L knows this.

Perhaps that is where the confusion lies.

3 important things being said:

Chirstina said...

um...stating that you would probably never confuse a city and a entire't put all your chicken in a row...or hang your hat on a maybe Dani...

Dani said...

Point well taken. But I think messing up cliches is a little different that not knowing that one state is not a city in another state. That could just be me. By the way, you are the only person that does not understand the concept behind the phrase "you can't hang your hat on a maybe."

Ma Bo said...

Now, Now My kiddies, no more picking on each other

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