There’s a Spider in the Spinach

December 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s post offers a glimpse into the mind of Dennis…

At lunch today, a woman in the salad bar queue next to me leaned toward me and quietly said, “There’s a spider in the spinach.”  We chatted about it, laughed, and agreed that, in some countries, that wouldn’t necessarily be seen as a problem.  I work at a pretty diverse place but, culinarily, it’s pretty conventional…no intentional placing of bugs in the food.

On my way back to my office, I started cracking up…the wheels were turning.  That line sounded like something one might hear in a Pink Panther, Austin Powers, or James Bond movie.  Oooo, maybe a line that would activate a spy or even invoke some action that was embedded in the mind of an unsuspecting, sleeper agent.  yeah, the wheels were turning…

[boom camera lowers and pans to salad bar]

  • MAN [to WOMAN who is behind him in salad bar queue]: Hello, isn’t this a wonderful salad bar?
  • WOMAN [with straight face, no emotion]: Zere es a spider en ze spinach.
  • MAN[pauses, puzzled look on face]: Excuse me?
  • WOMAN [with straight face, no emotion]: Zeeeere es a spider en ze spinach.
  • MAN [pauses, puzzled look on face]: Pardon?
  • WOMAN [frustrated, but still with straight face, no emotion]: Zeeeere es a spiiiiderrrr en ze spiiiinaaaach.
  • MAN [nods, raises an eyebrow, and, with “knowing” expression, points at man in corner with accordion]: I hear he is the musician and the monkey is a businessman.
  • WOMAN [puzzled look]: Excuse me?

I know, active imagination…

BTW, I didn’t have any spinach, so it was all good.

Training Journal – 12/20/12:

  • Current plan: Bay Trail Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week 1
  • Today’s session: 4 mile easy run @ 8:37-9:37 pace
  • Comments: I did 4.79 @ 8:11

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