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Denver, Colorado, United States
i'm 33. i live with my husband, baby daughter 2 dogs and 1 kitty. i'm a chemical engineer with an MBA and work in technical sales. i tend to bite off more than i *think* i can chew and end up with a full bulging mouth for awhile before i can finally swallow. i thrive in chaos, but strive for order.


what do you call this?

so si and i made our weekly trip to home depot on saturday to get some fun things like closet shelving and painting supplies.

the check out girl was happily beeping our things until she came across an item that the system didn't recognize. she scanned it 4 or 5 times before deciding to do a price check.

with a puzzled look on her face, she holds up the item and asks us, "what do you call this?"

now, being a girl who is not familiar with every item at home depot myself, i would understand if she was holding up some strange tool or doo dad.

but no, our brilliant check out girl was holding up a paint roller.

i looked at her with an "are you serious?" expression and said "um. i call it a paint roller"

and she then tries to describe it to the kid in the paint department on the phone, without using the phrase paint roller at any time. i believe she said "it's metal, and kinda rolls, and has a white cap on either end".

she finally got the number and sent us on our merry way, forgetting to deactivate the anti-theft device. of course we set off the alarm and had to stand there for another 10 minutes while they checked everything.

at least we got the whole home depot experience.

yup, even the hot dog.


  1. I call that, "Ignoramus, take yourself out of the gene pool before someone breeds with you."

  2. And I call that, "you're working here WHY? Get a job at Claire's in the mall."

    I'm glad you at least got the whole experience. Maybe she's teaching a faux painting techniques class on the weekend! :-)

  3. My theory of economics is that you can gauge the state of the economy by the quality of service you get at a fast food restaurant.

    Case One: Three of you go to lunch at Togo's and decide that you all want the same sandwich and none of you is hungry enough to eat a six inch sub. You order one twelve inch sub and ask to have it cut into three peices. Your sandwich artist has to call in the manager, who can't figure it out, either. STATE OF ECONOMY: GOOD

    Case Two: Your total at McDonald's comes to $2.96. You give your cashier $3.01, and he gives you your nickel in change without a second thought. A closer look reveals that your cashier is graying at the temples and slightly paunchy, despite the fact that his name tag says "trainee". STATE OF ECONOMY: BAD

    So look on the bright side: the economy seems to be doing pretty well.