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December 19, 2003 - 1:23 a.m.

Observation Posts

Don’tcha Love It When…

I love those moments when something soooo very stupid happens, that you blink your eyes and wonder “They can’t really be that dumb, can they?

Case in point: a customer came into the record store I work in and actually asked me, no kidding “What’s the name of that song they play on the radio, you know, by that new band?” Let me repeat, I really am not kidding, this is an exact quote. He had no further information to give me, no lyrics, no hummable snippet, nada!

The scary thing is, We get this sort of thing all the time!

Sometimes when customers utter lines like that, they follow it with an entirely reasonable, “Oh god, I can’t believe I just said that.”, but today’s dope actual thought I would pull the song out of my head, that I would know exactly what he was talking about! I can deal with people who are just kind of thinking out loud, saying stuff like “Who’s that guy, you know, the guy who… geez I just can’t explain it! ” That’s perfectly all right, we all brain cramp now and then, and I don’t consider that particularly stupid.

No, to me stupid is when you actually plan out a trip to a record store armed only with the knowledge that the song you want is by a new band and they play it on the radio, and somehow expect me to get all Karnak on you. Give me a hint! Rock? Rap? R&B? Hawaiian? Perhaps tell me what radio station it is on, or if the singer is male/female/both/neither?

Here’s another good one from about a month back, she must be related to Mr. They-Play-It-On –The-Radio Guy. This woman was trying to think of a song title, looked at me hopefully and said, “I forget, but it’s got the word “love” in it…

Once again, slap your forehead when you utter such a thing and it’s perfectly ok, but look at me as if you really believe this helps, and you’d best just lean your head this way and let me slap it for you!

Actually, the part I love most about my job is when a customer feeds me tiny snippets of information, and together we look around the store and think and fret and I finally go, “Oh, you mean HOUSE ON POOH CORNER by LOGGINS & MESSINA” or something equally obscure. As great as it is to be able to come up with something right away, when you give yourself a bit of a mental workout it’s just sooo satisfying!

Oh well, gotta go, it’s time to count all the bees in the hive…

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