Monday, 19 March 2007

Stupid Things We Say

stupid buying decisions

Even the smartest people say stupid things. Now why is that? I guess that circumstances take us by surprise, our minds are distracted, and we end up saying something which fails to communicate our original intention.


I can't help but cringe over some of the stupid things I've said in the past. One particularly painful memory is of the time I was in London and having a browse in Borders--a favourite shop selling books and CD's. Because it's difficult and expensive to get English books in Spain, I was loading up my basket with glee. In fact, I was so elated I even decided to buy the Greatest Hits of the Bee-Gees (one of my guilty pleasures). J-j-j-jive talking...


By chance I got into conversation with one of the shop assistants and he asked me what it was like to live in Spain. I told him it was wonderful and very different to England for numerous reasons, and then I said, "I don't usually talk to shop people."


Now, what I meant was that in Spain the shop assistants are not generally interested in a conversation which doesn't result in an immediate sale. Therefore I don't have the pleasure of engaging them in chit-chat. However, by the look on his face he obviously took it to mean that I was a stuck-up snob who had better things to do than chat with lower-class people. I wanted to explain myself but it was too late, the mistake had been made and before I'd even realised what had happened he'd excused himself to help another shopper.


So now whenever I'm in London I make a real effort to be nice to shop staff and show them that I'm not an elitist tosser. If anything I'm too nice and I will buy anything they try to sell just so they don't think badly of me.


Of course, I still fear that this particular shop guy has told all his friends about the arrogant so-and-so who thought he was above mere mortals, and that there is a whole cult devoted to seeking me out and terminating me with extreme prejudice...


I can only hope that if I am killed by a vengeful retailer, the police won't find a copy of some embarrasing CD in my shopping basket. It would provide the killer with justifiable cause--"Officer, he was going to buy a Bee Gees album! I thought it best to just put him out of his misery."


Tragedy!

9 comments:

Mary said...

Ah, Richie!

It was that shop assistant who was a stupid listener. He asked you about Spain, you made the remark in the context of telling him about life in Spain, so for heaven's sake, don't lose any sleep over *that*. Instead, go sing little Sam to sleep with a Bee-Gees tune!

LOL

Richie said...

Thank you Mary! Little Sam seems to be more of a Robbie Williams fan at the moment. I'm hoping it's just a phase...

Justin said...

Yes, Richie, don't sweat it. I've made a much of oral mess ups before. Mostly because when people ask me to help them with ancient civ. I usually have so much to say that I cannot pronunciate my words and I just end up mumbling... ha! I don't mumble when I type!

Anonymous said...

Me gusta mucho leer tu blog, I think it's great!!
Un besitp muy grande a Sam a su mami y a su papi. susy y sergio

Richie said...

Justin: It's common for intelligent kids to have trouble getting the ideas out through their mouths. Obviously, you're highly intelligent!

Susy Y Sergio: Bienvenido! ¿Que tal todo por alla? When are you coming over to Spain?

Dave said...

Just keep playing "Stayin' Alive."

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