My new glasses
Jennifer Myszkowski is a corporate drone by day, a popular radio personality by weekend and stand-up comic by evening, trying to do more comedy and less droning.
I showed the letter to a couple friends and asked them for their take. JBo said, "Listen, you're even now. You did something crazy with the shouting down the stairs. Now she's done something crazy with this letter and you're even."
I took real solace in this.
Two weeks ago I was arriving home from my extremely painful massage about the foot to alleviate the bastard plantar fasciitis. As I climbed the stairs, I heard our door open. I shouted up the stairs, "Darling, is that you?"
It sure was him. But he wasn't opening the door for me. Seems the new neighbor had knocked. She wanted to borrow an egg. I arrived at the top of the stairs just in time to inform her that we were plumb out of eggs, but that I could offer her dried egg-white powder, which works in a pinch.
She declined, but we got to talking, all casual and friendly-like about things.
Somehow, and I don't know how, I mentioned that my sister is a phlebotomist.
Her reply, "No offense, but you could train a monkey to do that job."
I said, "Well, my sister is a human being who is a phlebotomist."
And she said again, "No offense, but you could train a monkey to do that job."
Scott and I started this whole trying-to-prove-that-Tesia-has-mad-phlebotomy-skillz-and-isn't-a-monkey thing. We're hopelessly devoted to her, after all.
Then she started talking about how serious she was about her cookie tips, and how important it is to avoid flat cookies by adding extra flour. (Aside: my cookies were definitely not flat!)
Scott started telling her that I worked in a bakery for six years. She wouldn't hear it. She just kept repeating her tips (or un-tips, as the case may be).
Then she asked me what radio station I work for. I told her. She replied, "My sister hates Country music."
Um, well, uh. "Great."
Our encounter ended with her telling us to stop by anytime. We said, "Yes! We will stop by!"
At first, upon mulling the whole thing over, I was wholly offended. Then I realized that this is a human who clearly does not know how to communicate with other people and her extreme negativity must come from a place of insecurity. I don't know how telling me my sister has the job of a monkey, that I need to avoid flat cookies and that her sister hates Country music helps her deal with her insecurities. And maybe this is just a story I'm telling myself so that we can all be pleasant if we bump into each other in the hall.
I have to admit, though, that I'm hella disappointed. I really, really wanted a pal in the building.
Of course I do have a pal in the building. He sleeps in the bed next to me. He's the Count Scottula D. Buttox.
I agree with all of these except #4.