Friday, August 25, 2006

You Oughta Be In Pictures

Last night, I was sitting in a truck stop, reading a book, talking on the phone and waiting for Ed to finish up whatever he was doing with the truck.

I am dirty from tarping the load (ugh, work), I'm sweating my ass off (no air conditioning in the truck - it broke) and I smelled like a homeless man's armpit (from working, being dirty and having no A/C in the truck).

My sweaty mop of hair is on the top of my head, being held out of my eyes by four grandma like bobby pins as I try to cool off with a icy diet coke.

As I'm talking to my best friend on the phone, this frail little old lady in a wheelchair is deposited next to my table by one of her family members. I glance over and give her a little smile.

She says to me, "I like your purse. Where did you get that?"

I say, "Target."

"Oh, it's lovely."

"Thank you."

I continue my conversation on the phone when she speaks again. "Do they sell lottery tickets here?"

"I don't know," I answer "I haven't seen a sign anywhere. Maybe in the travel store." She seems satisfied with that answer. I go back to my phone call.

Again, I hear her voice, "Are you on TV?"

Thinking she might be confused with newfangled technology like cell phones that have little screens on them and possibly mistook my phone for a tiny TV, I answered "No, I"m on the phone."

So she says, "No. Are you on TV??" as if I were some star hiding out at a truck stop, sporting bad hair and a smelly t-shirt to throw off the paparazzi.

I laughed and said with a smile, "Ohhh. No, I'm not on TV, but that would be nice, wouldn't it?" She nodded and smiled as if she agreed.

Chuckling to myself, I thought, either her vision is failing her, she watches a lot of reality television or she doesn't get out much. And exactly which TV show did she envision me on anyway??


Mise en Place said...

Hm, I don't really know what show she thought you should of been on, but since I was the one on the other end of the phone and clearly heard her!!


Maybe she thought you were in the running for Miss New Mexico!


Anocsanamun said...

She pictured you on the YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!!! YOur a vixen incognito at a truck stop.