Friday, January 30, 2009

Surrealism in Portland

You how every once in a while, you're blessed to overhear the most amazingly random conversations that make you feel happy having overheard it and happier yet that you're not that weird person talking? Well, yesterday I was blessed with such an opportunity. I was sitting in my gym lobby waiting for my workout partner to get out of the locker room. I had gotten out my phone and was browsing around on Facebook checking work emails, when I started eavesdropping on a guy (who looked like COmic Book Guy from the Simpsons, which will make the following story even more cringe-worthy) sitting near me talking on his phone. My ears perked up when he uttered the words "sexy mermaids", as I've always enjoyed the movie "The Little Mermaid" and assumed he was talking about that. Well, surprisingly, he wasn't talking about Ariel. I can only imagine that he was talking with his tattoo artist when he said this: "I need someone to draw me a picture of two sexy mermaids fighting underwater with a narwhal swimming by and one of the mermaids has broken off his horn and is stabbing the other mermaid with it and underneath, in Latin, write 'this pain shall benefit you'." And then to top it off, he followed up with, "the last time I tried to have someone draw that, they gave me SEA HAGS, and I don't want sea hags, I want SEXY MERMAIDS!" Don't we all.

Seriously, overhearing that just made my day.

4 comments:

Overheard In The Ward said...

That is hilarious. You should submit it to Overheard In The Ward. We would love to share it.

Tracy said...

is it scary that I even know what a narwal is, or that I am trying to figure out where the "comic book guy" is going to put this epic tatoo?

leslie said...

Did you know it was his tattoo guy before I posted that idea on facebook?

Cheron said...

Speaking of surreal in Portland: I attended my home owners association meeting tonight and one of my neighbors presented a decapitated rabbit corpse as part of a presentation advocating for the protection of wildlife habitat by staying on the trails in natural areas. The community got their panties all tied up in wad over that one. I'm still chuckling to myself trying to figure out what in the world she hoping to communicate by that?? She said she didn't want to be the only one hurt by the senseless death by an animal with an instinct to kill that doesn't need the food. (The rabbit was found headless, tossed in the bushes.) I think that maybe the presenter thinks that some domestic pet killed the rabbit for fun but others contended that a raccoon would do such a thing. Anyway, so long as she wanted to share the pain I thought the blogosphere would like to hear of this surrealism in P-town. Cheers. Cheron