Friday, April 08, 2005

Tea time anyone?

So here's a perfect example of me being an idiot, proof of me being able to make fun of myself, and also slight evidence that I'm able to take what I dish out (stupid anonymous email people):

I have never played a round of golf before and I think I've played put-put twice in my life. Thus, I know little to nothing about golf, but I do like to make fun of people that watch it on TV. It just seems silly to watch it on TV. I have aspirations of playing a round at some point in my life. I think I might need to find some left-handed clubs, though. I'm not even sure about that one. So stop laughing at me if it doesn't work that way. I've worked at the same phone company non-consecutively for a total of 3 ½ years. The co-workers get together to golf occasionally. This summer there's a convention in Vail (that I don't get to!) and I heard my boss making a tee time. I've heard this phrase MANY times around the office, but didn't realize until JUST yesterday that this was a golf thing and not the frou-frou English gathering where people got together and drank tea and had scones, crumpets, etc. I am SO embarrased at/for myself. How could I NOT know? Moreover, how could I think for even the tiniest second that a few of the very manly co-workers would willingly participate in an event like high tea?

These two people got a marriage license in Tulsa this week:

Jennifer McLane, 32, of Glenpool; Hasan Hasan, 25

You think that was his birth name? Or maybe some cultural traditional thing? Because why would someone name their kid with the same first and last name? "Well, Velma, let's simplify things. Since I like our surname so much, let's give the kid that for his first name, too." Hopefully someday one of these two people will want to pacify their egos, search for their names online, and answer this question some day for me.


Southern Chaos said...

Where I used to work we had a doctor named Labeeb Labeeb, actually it was Labeeb M. Labeeb. Why the M. wasn't the first name I have no idea.

LT said...

That's pretty good. My favorite name is the one I heard a female basketball player has--Ivana Mandik. I know, doesn't follow the same first/last name scheme, but it's still funny. What's bad is that the only one I can think of that's not typical (Robbie Roberts, Tommy Thompson) is Sirhan Sirhan.

My own idiot story comes from just learning the intricacies of the Internet a few years ago and how to delete stuff. When I wanted to learn how to increase memory, I learned I could clear the disk cache to get rid of temporary files, etc. and free up space. I learned this by READING it. So, silly me, I thought it was pronounced like the French word "cachet," with the little thingy at the end. Like "cash-ay." The first time I said that, my boss at the time laughed out loud and said, "It's cache, like "cash." Why have the stupid "e" at the end then? I mean, why have-ay the stupid "e" at the end. English spelling rules make no sense.

BKDotCom said...

Actually, it comes from the French word cacher. So we can still blame the French?

ET said...

The French are always to blame for something. Usually silly mustaches and not bathing. Rachel, you should not feel bad. You have just had too much exposure to us "British" wannabe folks, so naturally when you hear "tee time" you think "tea time." It's a mark of culture, not ignorance. They do make left-handed golf clubs (I know this only because I am involved in a patent for a golf-related item). My golf policy: if you hit the ball and can FIND it, DON'T HIT IT AGAIN!