Friday, January 27, 2006

things you're not quite sure how to tell a stranger #1

this morning during a terrible morning commute (where I waited 20 minutes on a freezing F platform outside for a train only to have it be completely full and after another 10 minutes, i realized another train was not ever going to come and so i left the station and walked to the R) i noticed a long white strip on a guy's pair of jeans. he was walking up the stairs in front of me and as i closed in on the gap between us, i realized that the patch on the back of his left leg was one of those stickers that lists the waist and length of your jeans. 34 36 was neatly printed in two columns over and over. i couldn't imagine this was left there on purpose. i mean, this guy looked rather hipstery - the detailing on the back pocket was nothing i had ever seen, leaving me thinking it was yet another new, boutiquey high-end jeans company. for the next 30 seconds, i hemmed and hawed as to whether or not i should tell him. i know if it were me, i would be thankful for the notice, but i couldn't tell with this guy. would be he thankful, or would embarassment overhwhelm him and make him turn mean? in the end i didn't tell him and no, i don't feel guilty about it either.

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10 Comments:

Blogger weasel said...

You should have spilled your coffee on him, made a big show of dabbing the spill, and quietly removed the sticker in the process. He'd thank you for it.

I actually stopped by to recommend a cereal, so here you go: Weetabix. Loved it as a kid, love it now that it arrived in our local supermarket.

January 27, 2006 12:22 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

if ever a situation called out for a cell phone with a camera...

January 27, 2006 12:25 PM  
Blogger Mondale said...

Never tell, never talk to strangers. They will either kill you or become wierdy frindly (like the middle aged women on my bus).
The Kelloggs banana cornflakes are freakin delicious.
best cerael since crunchy nut cornflakes came out a few years back.

January 27, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger planbreaker said...

The hipsters need some humility in their $200 jeans, right?

A woman I used to work with told a story in the lunch room once about a guy on the subway who had chalk or something on the back of his jacket. When she saw he had a wedding ring on, she decided to say nothing because 1. what was the point of talking to him and 2. she concluded he had a wife to take care of things like that.

Wheetabix rules. Love the cereal side thread going on here.

January 28, 2006 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Adam said...

YL: You are evil. I acutally was that guy once. And somebody told me. I was really greatful. Also, this one isn't as embarrassing,but one day at work, after many hours, someone told me the tag on my sweater was sticking out from under the collar. It must have been like that all day, and this guy was the only one to mention it. Again, I was grateful. You should have told him.

Also ... What's up with the people who buy suits or overcoats and then leave the little sewn-on tag near the cuff? You're supposed to REMOVE IT PEOPLE!

January 28, 2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger mas said...

Reminds me also of people who leave the foil sticker on under the bill of their new baseball caps. I don't get it.

January 28, 2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

evil? you all are crazy. evil = my coworkers the other day who left it up to me to discover the thing having from my nose.

at sharon jones the other day, the kid sitting in front of us had the paper tag (you know with the size and 4 little stitches to hold it on) still on his jeans. we think it was on purpose.

i've had wheetabix before - in merry ol' england. i like the texture of it. banana cornflakes scare me - as do any cereal with freeze dried fruit. so do yogurt flavored cereals.

January 30, 2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger jamie said...

yeah, that dried fruit in cereal is gross. i would never buy that stuff and i question the faculties of anyone who does (including the wife).

as for a recommendation: i'm in love with the Kashi Cinnamon Harvest. it wasn't mentioned in that Times article, probably becuase it ctually tastes good. like Mini Whets mixed with Cinnamon Life.

http://www.kashi.com/organic_promise_ch.aspx?SID=1&Category_ID=87&

January 30, 2006 9:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Larry said...

Screw cereal and jeans.....GILMORE GIRLS PLEASE....I actually enjoyed last nights show...the yale stuff was great...the wierd friday dinner thing....BUT the preview for next week...if Rory is pregnant THE SHOW IS OVER! THAT WOULD BE A HUGE SHARK JUMP!!!!

The Hater

February 01, 2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

the last 10 minutes of gilmore was exhausting. also, luke needs to shape up. he's so dumpy looking and dumpy to lorelei. wtf?

February 01, 2006 4:44 PM  

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