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It’s Changed Since My Gay

| Friendly | August 25, 2015

(Overheard from outside, are a bunch of kids (roughly 14?). They are being super loud:)

Kid: “Gay! Gay! Gay!”

Older Kid: “Hey! Not cool, man. Gay ain’t an insult, s***-head! Penalty box!”

Kid: “I’m sorry! I won’t say it again!”

Younger Kid: “Okay, but if you do I’m kicking you in the foot and you get DOUBLE penalty!”

(They all go back to playing ball.)

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Troi Again

| Friendly | May 6, 2015

(The walls between apartments are a little thin, but not so much that we can hear every little thing in the neighboring apartments. Sometimes my neighbor has the volume up a bit too high on their TV and one day I happen to realize we’re watching the same show. This happens part-way through the episode.)

Neighbor: *yelling, possibly without realizing it* “I know that voice! What’s her name!?” *swears and repeats the question*

Me: *yelling a little so they can hear me* “The lady talking to [Character]?”

Neighbor: “Yeah!”

Me: “It’s that gal from [90s Cartoon], right?”

Neighbor: “Yeah!”

Me: “Marina Sirtis!”

(There’s a pause; I assume the neighbor is checking it.)

Neighbor: “I KNEW IT.”

Climbing The Stairs Of Unreason

| Related | May 6, 2015

(My dad is a bit overprotective, and he has come with me to look at apartments. He has been trying everything he can to keep me from moving out.)

Rental Agent: “So, this apartment is about 800 square feet: one bed, one bath, with a balcony.”

Dad: “Wait, it’s on the second floor?”

Me: “I prefer to be on the second floor, actually.”

Rental Agent: “Yes, it’s nice not to have anyone above you. Plus you have vaulted ceilings.”

Dad: “But all those stairs!”

Me: “Dad, stairs are good! Great workout.”

Dad: “But… what if you meet a guy, and he takes you skiing, and you break your leg?!”

(The rental agent and I were both speechless. For the record, I’ve never skiied, nor have I ever expressed a desire to do so!)

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Losing The Niceties Of Self-Importance

| Right | February 27, 2015

(My job is to sit at the front desk, a kind of helpful concierge, transferring calls, accepting packages. I am there to let people know that the company cares about their problems, and that there’s a human manning the lobby for security.)

Me: “Hello, welcome back.”

Young Man: *flings up his arm* “Don’t talk to me! I’m important!”

Me: “Not a problem, sir. I won’t do that again.”

An Emerging Emergency

| Right | January 27, 2015

(A tenant was upset that she had called the maintenance emergency number at midnight on a Saturday night, and they did not respond immediately. She came into my office the following Monday morning to explain her ’emergency.’)

Tenant: “I had a leak from my bathtub faucet. I put a bucket in the bathtub to catch the leak. It got worse and the bucket overflowed. Don’t you consider that an emergency?”

Me: “Did the overflow go down the bathtub drain?”

Tenant: “Yes.”

Me: “Did any water leak outside of the bathtub?”

Tenant: “No.”

Me: “No, we do not consider a leak contained in the bathtub as an emergency.”