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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Man I pretended not to know

Posted By on Sun, Dec 27, 2009 at 12:42 PM

As I went in to pay a utility bill last week, a tall, lanky (younger than me, but looking older) fellow behind the counter took my money in his hand, and said, “Well, Richard, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it?”

“I’m sorry,” I said, “ I can’t quite place you. I’m really sorry,” I lied.

He looked a little annoyed.

“!982? Mexican Original?”

“Oh, yeah? ________! How are you?” What have you been up to?” As if I hadn’t heard the stories since we had worked in the same department in the tortilla factory together, and his subsequent rise to supervisor, and his firing, and succession of jobs since. People do gossip, after all, especially about people they don’t like.

We reminisced a little, and I left, he no doubt feeling that his memory was better than mine, or maybe that I was some sort of snob for not remembering him. But I did remember him, and his ass-kissing all the way to the job of supervisor, a job he was spectacularly unqualified for.

I also know of the many complaints by women told about him, that he wouldn’t let women who were on their periods leave the line to use the bathroom before their regularly scheduled break time.

He was a sexist jerk, to put it mildly, and he reveled in the role.

So screw you, dude, and Happy New Year. Who knows? Maybe you’ve changed for the better.


Quote of the Day

I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking - but I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going. - Lord Birkett


On the Air - Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Monday night Mary Katherine Wilson will be my guest to discuss a pancreatic cancer support group that she has begun.

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of all forms of cancers, with symptoms that are almost impossible to diagnose early. Wilson, whose parents were both diagnosed with this disease in a short period of time, founded a Pancreatic Cancer Support Group with her brother when she discovered that no  other such group in existed in the state of Arkansas.

Of the approximately 40,000 people who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year, more than seventy-five percent  will die within the first 12 months of their diagnosis. Fewer than five percent will make it past five years, while most die within three to six months.

For more information about pancreatic cancer, and about the support group, which is in its early days, one can go to:

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C.A.T. is shown on Channel 18 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.  

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