Monday, January 26, 2009

Random spouts of memory: online it's normal, face to face would be a little creepy


Picture this: You're sitting in a restaurant or coffee house when a total stranger leans over to you and says "You know what? I just remembered the time when I first heard the phrase "the check is in the mail."

Betcha you'd be weirded out, huh?

But here, in Blogland, it's OK. A lot of people who come here know me now, but some of you may be strangers. And I'm about to tell you about the first time I heard the phrase "The check is in the mail." And it's not so strange. Is it? I luv that! :0)

I have no idea why , but I just remembered when I was in Gym class. I forget what grade, Maybe 1st or 2nd. I helped the teacher put away the dodge balls and he said "Thanks! The check is in the mail." OMG! I was so excited. I really thought I was getting paid for helping out! And was very disappointed when the check never came. ;0P

That's it. nothing more. Just a memory of wide-eyed innocence.

What about you? Any memories of the first time you heard a phrase and misunderstood it or took it too literally?

My hubby told me about one of his friends who thought the laugh track on the t.v. was really the sound of all the children around the world watching the same show. So when he laughed, he laughed as loud as he could into the t.v. screen so all the other kids in the world could hear him.

21 comments:

Gottawrite Girl said...

OH yes!!! The RESTROOM!!! I thought there was a hidden room of beds in every restaurant for napping. And was saddened every time I couldn't find it... this went on for YEARS.

: )

Kelly said...

These are funny!
I remember seeing the signs "Do Not Pass" on the roads and freaked out when we'd pass by them, because it said "Do Not Pass!" Finally I expressed my concern to my mom, who told me about driving around another car to pass them on the road. OH! Doh!

Hélène Boudreau said...

This is embarassing because it happened as an adult, and not that long ago...but we're all friends here, right?

My old job had me driving around the city of Toronto. I'd just moved there from a much smaller town and it was all a bit overwhelming. Thankfully,the city's laid out on a grid so it's fairly easy to get around, but as I drove around to different areas of town, I kept seeing the same street name over and over again and thought "Hmm, that's strange...why would they have so many 'Library Streets" all over the city like that?

Duh.

Not _Library Street_, but signs to indicate where all the libraries were located around town.

*a little slow on the uptake*

C.R. Evers said...

LOL, Susan. That's so cute!!

Hysterical, kelly! :0D LOL

Hey Helene! Thanks for stopping by! LOL! That sounds like something I would think too! :0)

Bish Denham said...

I used to think signs that said Slow Children at Play, meant the kids were...you know...slow, as in mentally challenged.

C.R. Evers said...

You see, that's why punctuation IS for road signs too! :0) LOL!

Christy

Angela said...

What a great post! Off hand I can't recall my own bubble-bursting, but I remember one of my brother's. We were out for a drive and he got all excited all of a sudden. He'd seen a sign for a 'Coin Laundry' and wanted to go home and get his coin collection and wash it.

Jacqui said...

You must use the laugh track one in a book someday.

I can't think of any, but like you I sometimes make myself laugh by thinking about using computer/online speak in real life. Mostly, I want to click 'ignore' on some people.

C.R. Evers said...

I"m luvin' all these comments! giggles are a great way to start a Monday! :0D

Angela, luv the coin laundry!

Jacqui, I can relate!!!!!

adrienne said...

Love your check story!
Sadly, I could probably come up with a long list (and not just from my childhood). I do remember being around 3 or 4, munching on carrot sticks, when a family friend told me carrots were good for your eyes.
OUCH!

beth said...

AW!! That is cute!

I remember reading "suite" in a hotel and pronouncing it as "sweetie" for a week before my mom finally told me why she was laughing at me.

Lily Cate said...

When I was a horse crazy kid, shopping for a steed of my own, my Dad delighted in telling everyone that he "Had to go see a man about a horse" every time we were on our way to a stable. It was funny the first few times.

PJ Hoover said...

Cracks me up about the laugh track! That is really hilarious. It used to throw me when I heard it.
And there are no strangers in kidlit blogland :)

Marcia said...

This isn't that funny, but I remember being puzzled over the sign "post no bills." I couldn't figure out why people had to be told not to pin up their utility statements and department store invoices on a telephone pole.

slhastings said...

I am one of "those" people who is always, and I mean always, approached by strangers. And it isn't the "nice weather" types of conversations. We're talking about people, some of them really bizarre, spilling their life stories to me. I always nod and smile...but sometimes it really creeps me out.

Rena said...

I remember watching my mom pull up the FOR SALE sign when we bought our house. I pranced around the yard yelling, "Mom's for sale! Mom's for sale!" I couldn't figure out why she was giving me that look.

Kate said...

I remember the first time someone told me I 'had egg on my face'. I can't remember what I'd done to have egg on my face, but I do remember the teacher laughing when I answered 'But I haven't eaten any egg today.'

C.R. Evers said...

LOL! These are all great! And it's nice to know that I'm in good company. :0)

Brenda said...

LOL...these are sooo funny...

I remember when I was about 4 years old and I heard my grandma tell my mom that my cousin must have a little mouse in him because he ate cheese all the time...My cousin was probably about 13 or 14 at the time...and he caught me staring at him and he finally asked what I was staring at and I said, I was just watching for the little mouse to come out of him...

C.R. Evers said...

LOL! cute! :0)

Kimberly Barger said...

I was a child of the 70's and heard about Watergate on the news and thought there was a real water gate. Also the Vietnam war was going on and they spoke of gorilla warfare and I wondered why the gorilla's were fighting. :-)