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I can't believe it's already March... [Mar. 1st, 2006|07:14 pm]
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Rather than think about the disgusting thing I saw at work today (*me tries to rid the memory* ech!), let me try to remember funny things. Yes, I know it's not nice to laugh at other people... but sometimes, certain people can frankly be... idiots. Sorry, I had to say it. And it's not like they were super nice, had beautiful personalities, and were all-around wonderful people who just happened to say stupid things. No, I'm talking about those people who annoy, who impose themselves onto others, and who just don't "get" it. True, they could be just "lonely" (as I try to find an excuse for them) but sometimes you can just tell that they are playing you - and your generosity - and once you get annoyed with them, they move onto their next victim / target / unsuspecting soul.

So, let me tell the story... it happened in real life. And thinking about it just makes me laugh.

It happened a couple years ago. My sister and I went to Greece (it was a wonderful experience - but that's another long-winded story) and joined a tour group. Now, as you might already know, we're Americans. *grumble* Not that I'm not proud to be an American... but I wish we would just get the METRIC system. (Just get the school system to say "ok, let's start from this year on using the Metric System." and everyone else will eventually get used to it.) It is so much easier. But no, we're stuck with pounds, and miles, and Fahrenheit.

So... we are in Greece with a few other Americans. Our group actually has people from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and England -- we all speak English -- and it's a great diverse set of people. Greece, as well as the rest of the world except the USA, uses the metric system. A few times, our tour leader, would tell us the temperature in Celsius, and we (Americans) would try to convert it to Fahrenheit (just out of curiosity - to compare it to how the autumn weather would be back home). We knew the equation was something like 9/5 (or is it 5/9?) + 32... but none of us are human calculators and who really brings a calculator on vacation? So, just for "fun", we try to estimate.

One day, as we are doing this, this woman (she's the one that no one really liked, for the reasons I mentioned above) tells the group...

We don't measure in Celsius or Fahrenheit. We measure in degrees.

And I (and possibly the rest of us) are cringing... and thinking, God, please don't let them think all Americans are like that!

So anytime I think about it, I just burst out laughing. It's my little "laughter is the best medicine" quip.
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[User Picture]From: cheshire23
2006-03-02 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh geez...my mother was a foreign exchange student for a year, in Belgium, and used to see how long she could go without people knowing she was American. Especially because someone else in her group went into a post office and started yelling, "What do you MEAN nobody here speaks English?!" to the poor guy working there.

I hate Ugly Americans.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-03-02 05:00 am (UTC)
When it happened, we didn't laugh at her. I think we were all just dumbstruck. (and we all laughed later on.)
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[User Picture]From: smammers
2006-03-02 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh wow.

I thought you just added 32? We learned this like every year of high school science, but I still can't remember.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-03-02 08:52 pm (UTC)
*me searches for equation* ah.. here it is:

C = (5/9)*(F-32)

or

F = (9/5)*C+32

At work, I use C. At home, I use F. But since I don't think about work at home, I never really needed to memorize the equation. ;)
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[User Picture]From: unagieater
2006-03-02 07:51 pm (UTC)
but sometimes you can just tell that they are playing you - and your generosity - and once you get annoyed with them, they move onto their next victim / target / unsuspecting soul.

sooooo true.

and that "degrees" anecdote totally made my day! ^_^!
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-03-02 10:34 pm (UTC)
She was the one who tried to make herself appear "helpless", although if there had been a single rich man on the trip (which there wasn't), she would've been all over him like a cheap suit. She cried and yelled when she thought the hotel staff stole her passport when she simply forgot which pocket of her suitcase she put it in. She tried to get into everyone's pictures so you'd feel obligated to mail them to her. She tried to take taxi rides with us and conveniently forget to pay for her share. And she was narcissistic on top of it.
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[User Picture]From: unagieater
2006-03-03 03:54 am (UTC)
you'd think there'd be a limit to obnoxiousness. man.
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