Thursday, November 15, 2007

getting to the root of it

I was talking to a woman visiting the shelter recently and as I walked her to her car we noticed her tire was flat. I suggested getting some manpower to change the tire instead of waiting for AAA so I went back inside and said hey, does anyone here know how to change a tire? which received zero replies from the ten or so men in the lobby. Rethinking my strategy I then said Is there anyone here MAN ENOUGH to change a tire? And I kid you not, four dudes stood up immediately and followed me out to the car. Bingo.

Some things cross socio-economic lines much easier than others.

33 comments:

painted maypole said...

ha ha ha ha ha!

It's all in the asking. :)

Christine said...

men.

you can't live with 'em. . .

Janet said...

Semantics antics.

flutter said...

appeal to the huevos, baby....

Anjali said...

That's hilarious!

thailandchani said...

Sometimes it's just a matter of knowing which language to use. Semantics.. as you say. :) That's funny!

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Bon said...

snort. well done.

Kyla said...

LOL. Men. Don't want to help until you challenge their manhood. ;)

Mrs. Chicky said...

I always find that questioning their manhood gets you much farther than, say, flattery. Or money. But sex, now that really gets them.

I guess that doesn't really work in this situation though. Eh.

Blog Antagonist said...

Ahhh, you are fluent in testosteronese. You can use that in every country in the world, so...you're good.

ms chica said...

Luv it!

Amy Y said...

Nice! ;)

Sugarplum's Mom said...

Brilliant - I would not have had, ahem, the balls. I would have just walked back out annoyed and determined to take care of it myself.

acumamakiki said...

Walking out to my college roommate's car on Fell Street in the Tenderloin, a dumpster diver popped out of the dumpster we were parked in front of and muttered,

"remember, rightsie tightsie, leftside loosie"

and with that, he popped back down. Words to live by.

Karen said...

good job, Jen! Work the system!

Kellan said...

That was so funny and the absolute perfect story! Take care.

Suz said...

Really? You said that? Beautiful!

Jennifer said...

That is completely hilarious!

The Expatriate Chef said...

Gotta use it for what you can. The rest of the time that macho stuff is a real pain in the kiester. Heh.

deb said...

Too funny and too true.

slouching mom said...

That is a RIOT!

pgoodness said...

nicely done

(and off topic, I find myself saying dumbassery all the time these days. )

thordora said...

SNORT!

Emily said...

WOrds do make a difference, don't they :)

b*babbler said...

Excellent!

liv said...

Ah! The threat of emasculation. Killer.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

oh jen! dumbassery indeed. Bu good for you.

Family Adventure said...

Some things are universal!

Heidi

Ruth Dynamite said...

It's all in the delivery.

Kudos to you, as usual.

Lawyer Mama said...

Dude, I will totally remember that in the future.

Genius, Jen. Genius.

crazymumma said...

damn. I thought that a woman was going to get up and save the day.

Ally said...

Awesome. Dude.