What is the strangest conversation, no matter how brief, that you've ever had with a stranger?
I was walking into a convenience store and noticed the bumper of a pick up trick was bent. It was odd, though, because it appeared to be bent upward in the middle, from underneath. I was curious as to how that could happen.
I went into the store and asked a guy who had just walked in if it was his truck. He got really defensive, almost paranoid and said, “Yeah. Why?” and glared at me.
I said, “Oh, well, I just noticed your bumper and I was curious as to how it got bent like that.”
He was kind of staring at me, and I noticed his eyes weren’t really focused. There was a long pause before he answered, then he finally said, “Pole saw,” as if that was a perfectly logical answer.
At that point I realized something was wrong with him…maybe drunk or something (The Bluegrass festival was this weekend and we get all kinds of crazies.) so I was just going to leave it at that, but then he went on, said some rambling, confusing thing about a pole saw stuck in a tree and he tried to pull it out with his truck or something.
At that point I was at the check out counter paying for my purchases, and suddenly he comes up beside me, leans on the counter and says, “How are you, Jan?” My name is Valerie.
I said, “I’m fine.” Then I realized my husband had come in and was standing on the other side of me, so I started talking to him, calling him honey and stuff to send a message. That didn’t seem to faze the weirdo at all, and he kept trying to hit on me!
STRANGE dude! And I still can’t figure out how a pole saw stuck in a tree could do that to a bumper! But that’s OK.