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23 August 2010 @ 04:29 pm
Odd conversations  
Hint: If you make up a nickname for someone but don't tell me, I'm not going to know who you're talking about.

Maintenance guy: Is Mr. Green Jeans around?

Me: I'm sorry, who?

Maintenance guy: You know, the Farmer in the Dell.

Me: I-I-I- who?

Maintenance guy: Tall skinny guy, straw hat.

Me: Oh! Michael! I don't know; it looks like he's out doing one-to-one "how to use the classroom technology" meetings, but we can walk down to his office and check.

A few minutes later, to a coworker:

Me: So, the maintenance guy just came in and asked for Mr. Green Jeans.

Coworker: Michael!

Me: Buh? How did you even get there from here?
seawaspseawasp on August 23rd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like he looks like Mr. Green Jeans. If you didn't watch Captain Kangaroo, you would possibly have a harder time getting the reference, but if you said those two things to me (Mr. Greenjeans and Farmer in the Dell, I'd immediately have "Tall guy, straw hat, probably wearing jeans/overalls" and if anyone even vaguely matching those parameters worked with me I'd know them.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 23rd, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I did watch Captain Kangaroo, and when maintenance guy asked for Mr. Green Jeans, my first thought was, "I'm pretty sure he's dead", rather than "who in my office resembles the character?".

I do no deliberately miss allusions to annoy people, but it sometimes works out that way.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on August 24th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I watched Captain Kangaroo too, but while I would have caught the reference, I couldn't tell you a thing about what the character looked like. That was 50 years ago, forghodsake!

Not to mention that interrupting my work to start a conversation in the middle is a really good way to make sure I don't catch whatever pop-culture in-joke you're trying to make. I'll still be trying to figure out what the hell you're talking about in the first place.