Wednesday, December 20, 2006
THE NERD KNOWS STATE CAPITALS
As you all know, I've been behaving rather cantankerously of late for reasons listed a couple of posts below. One of the reasons, of course, is the family blind date, which hovers over me like a bad premonition. The number of ways this can go wrong are infinite and yet I must go through with it.
How I'm railroaded into such things is beyond me.
So, I was at Target eariler today, intent on wasting as much time as I could (because it's been one of those weeks, you know). Lingering over notebooks (I heart notebooks and journals) and pens (I heart pens) in the office supplies aisle, I barely noticed when a salesperson, dressed in the Target-issued red polo and khakis walked by. He startled me when he suddenly stopped and asked: "Excuse me. Do you know the what the capital of Montana is?"
I looked over my shoulder to see if he was addressing someone else. Nope, we were the only two people in the office supplies aisle.
I reached back into that sliver of brain where 4th grade geography resides. "Um, I think it's Helena," I told him.
"Helena?" he confirmed.
"Yah, I think so."
"Helena," he repeated and smiled. "Thanks."
I returned to the notebooks and pens that I loved and didn't think much of my exchange with the salesperson.
Now, I can't stop wondering if I look like the kind of person who knows what the capital of Montana is. Sweet baby Jeebus, do I LOOK like a nerd???