Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"I'm not quite clear about what you just spoke" - Crash Test Dummies

I would like to relate a conversation that occurred at last Friday's Blogger Happy Hour between Lemmonex, Malnurtured Snay, myself and another blogger whose name unfortunately escaped me. Bear in mind that there were a lot of people in a very small space and the music was thumping. I will try to relate this based on what I believe Lemmonex actually heard versus what was actually said:

Snay: This is [Blogger whose name I didn't get]. This is Lemmonex and this is Gilahi.
Blogger: [to Lemmonex] Oh! I read your blog all the time!
Lemmonex: Really! Thank you!
Snay: [to Lemmonex] You're fatter!
Lemmonex: [with a look that would have reduced a lesser man to ashes] I'm WHAT?
Snay: You're fatter!
Me: [leaning in to Lemmonex's ear] You're fuh-LAT-er-DUH! You're flattered!
Lemmonex: Oh! Man, I was about to give you a lesson in what not to say to a woman.

And I believe she would have, too.

At least this is what I think Lemmonex heard, based entirely on her reaction. If I'm right, I think she showed admirable restraint.

It occurred to me afterward that there was no good way to mis-hear the word "flattered". Even if the "L" sound had come through, you definitely wanted to be sure that the "D" sound on the end was heard as well.

See what you miss by not attending these events? Not only was there music, good people, good conversation, and good booze, there was very nearly a murder as well.

So hey, let's be careful out there.


Malnurtured Snay said...

And now I know to enunciate. And knowing is half the battle. (The other half is keeping out of Lexa's reach).

Malnurtured Snay said...

Oh, and the other individual was a reader named David.

Gilahi said...

Snay - Yeah, you were within a karate-chop's length there. Good thing she's the sort to make sure of things before she takes action.

Mike said...

I can't hear anything anymore with that much background noise. I just shake my head up and down. Who knows what I've agreed to at some of those places.

Lemmonex said...

I definitely thought he said "Fatter".


It was not ok.

Gilahi said...

Mike - I find it getting tougher all the time. This is why I tend to choose bars these days that have soft music in the background. I find I prefer the conversation to somebody else's choice of what to play.

Lem - Thanks for not doing anything rash.

Aside to Malnurtured Snay - I thought I'd look up synonyms for "flatter", just for future reference. The list I found starts out with "adulate, beslaver, blandish, bootlick...", and it doesn't get much better. You may be right, enunciation is the key.

LiLu said...

HAHAHA! How did I miss this?? I know that face well...

Gilahi said...

Lilu - No doubt you were being your normal, charming, hostess self in some other corner of the bar. I only hope I never say anything to Lemmonex to get a wicked look like that. I'd be a smoldering heap of goo.

Bilbo said...

Well, hell, that's what I get for going to Germany...I miss a happy hour. Let me know when the next one is.

Gilahi said...

Bilbo - See, this is why I always by "Cancel for any reason" trip insurance.

Gilahi said...

BUY... I always BUY that insurance. I hate seeing misspellings after I've hit the "Submit" button.

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