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annual fun:

go grocery shopping after ash wednesday service.

my favorite was the guy stocking cans that stopped me and said, "hey, can i ask you, what's with the stamp everyone's got today? earlier, i told some girl she had something on her forehead and she said, 'oh, i know,' and just walked away. i was like, uhhhhh. okay, then." poor guy, kept in suspense. i explained about the ashes and the cross and the lent and the easter. he seemed relieved to at least finally know the answer.

last year's fun came from kt's accidental observation at the gym. 

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 10:36PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

How do you get to be a teen or adult, or old enough to be a stock boy and not know about Ash Wednesday? Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, it seems you might have noticed the phenomenon at some point in your life, right?

Feb 22, 2007 at 07:15AM | Unregistered CommenterTB

i know, right? the other guy that mentioned it -- "excuse me, ma'am, i think you have something on your forehead" -- got an eye roll from the woman he was with. "dude. it's ash wednesday." the light bulb went off and he apologized profusely [if only he understood how non-offended i was]. awkwardly, we ended up in the same checkout line and he apologized once again. dude.

on the bright side, i have found that smudginess on the forehead apparently compels men to talk to me. if i'd known that, i would have went to the bar instead of the grocery.

Feb 22, 2007 at 08:35AM | Registered Commentermdog

Or you can just smudge your forehead anytime before you go out. Painting yourself blue would also draw the eye.

Feb 22, 2007 at 01:25PM | Unregistered CommenterSarah

LOL. I think you're on to something. We should totally go put smudges on our foreheads and go out on the town.

... are these the kind of men we want to attract?

Feb 22, 2007 at 05:57PM | Unregistered Commenterkt

well, the not knowing about ash wednesday might be a problem. but at least we would know they'd be likely to tell us if we had something stuck between our teeth.

Feb 22, 2007 at 06:11PM | Registered Commentermdog

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