Sunday, May 01, 2005

The United Nations of Downriver.

As I (a white female) was leaving my apartment building today, two other residents (a black female and an Arab-American man) were coming in. It just struck me as kind of cool.

Then, at the gas station, my two favorite clerks (both Middle Eastern) were working. I shall call them Funny One and Quiet One. At this Mobile, they have the card reader on the counter so that those using credit and debit cards can run them through themselves. As I never use cash anymore (not even at fast food places, since they geniously began accepting debit cards as well), I use this card reader almost every day. And every day, I need to run my card through at least half a dozen times before it "takes"--probably because I like to run my card through with a flourish. (Last night, Funny One told me to "try it again, a little less enthusiastically this time.")

Tonight, I was extra "special" and was on about my tenth attempt before it went through. ("You're in here EVERY DAY," said Funny One. "How have you not mastered this machine yet?") But the best part came when Quiet One asked me if I wanted my receipt.

"That's not a receipt," Funny One remarked. "For her, it's a Certificate of Achievement."

I left the gas station laughing hysterically.

19 comments:

Renee said...

Hehehehehe. Can I ask why you might be in there every day?

Are you smoking again?

Anna said...

It's a small world after all :)

Anna said...

It's a Small World was my favorite ride at Disney Land when I was 5.
My poor, deprived husband has never been to either Disney Land or Disney World. Isn't that sad?

Renee said...

That is sad! I've only been there once, but can't wait to bring Brent (we were supposed to take a Florida trip this spring to see John's parents but he's a dork and never took time off).

Maybe you guys could save up and go for an anniversary? Like 5 years or something!

Our friends are going to Vegas in Sept '06 to renew their vows. Will be their first time to Vegas and keep telling John and I we have to come with them :-) I can't wait!

Anna said...

I only went the one time, too. But never having gone just seems so sad and wrong!
We'll bring our kids one day but I think I'd like to bring Tim before that. His golden birthday is coming up this year on Nov.28th and I've been trying to think of something really cool to do. Maybe I'll look into Disney!

Anonymous said...

Okay what are we talking about? Jen starts talking about a cute couple she seen then she's at the gas station. Renee wants to know if she's smoking again but wait have you been to Disney Land or Vagas. Who's got the drugs and why aren't you sharing?

Jen said...

LOL. Was Missy that anonymous person, I wonder?

Renee said...

I'm almost POSITIVE it was Missy. I was actually seeing her face as I read the post :-) LOLOL.

And Jen, you never answered my question, which leads me to believe you're avoiding it which, in turn, leads me to believe you're smoking and that's why you're in that gas station every day.

I miss our friend in the gas station by your evil Elliot apartment :-)

keesh said...

Jen, are you smoking again? If so, can you email me a puff, I need one after the day I have had.

oh and yeah, that is bad, very bad. but can i have some too? :)

Anonymous said...

Yes ladies that was me. So Jen are you ignoring the question- or are you to busy smoking to comment.
Melissa

Jen said...

I was trying my damndest to ignore it.

I MAY have started smoking during my high stress period of Jeff being out of work and lawsuits and what not.

Renee said...

You won your case and Jeff's working, so now it's time to quit again!

C'mon girl, you can do it!

Funny you said that though, Kish-- I've had a stressful day too, and when John and Brent went upstairs to play while I made dinner, I thought to myself how nice a drag or two would be. And I haven't smoked in FOREVER so I found it odd to be thinking that. Last August when I was in Detroit was the last time, and the time before that was the year before when I was in Detroit. Jen, you're a bad influence on me ;-)

Anna said...

Sooooo, Jen, How 'bout them Pistons?
(Did you notice the subtle conversation switch? I'm such a helper.)

Jen said...

Game 5 is tonight, Anna. Lookin' forward to it.

;)

Renee said...

Very subtle, Anna ;-)

Jen said...

And by the way, the black woman and Middle Eastern guy were not a couple. They were two different residents. Geez, keep up with my train of thought here, Missy.

Anna said...

Oh, I thought the black woman and middle eastern guy were together. It was a beautiful thing. Now it is no more and we mourn what might have been.
Maybe you could try setting them up. They might be perfect for each other!

Renee said...

LOLOLOL. Anna... I love you :-)

Anna said...

Right back atcha, babe!