Tuesday, November 15, 2005

the wisdom of xiaomin

xiaomin is one of the "crazy" people in my lab.

every day, while we're both in the lab doing work we chat. it passes the time and we laugh a lot. i'm a relatively funny person, and xiaomin may be less so, but everything she says is made more funny by the fact that she barely speaks english. so there is a lot of mis-understanding and she often uses the wrong word for things. you get the idea.

anyway, last week we were having one of our usual conversations when she interjects that she is "straight." i, naturally, start laughing. i'm not sure if she says this because i'm always telling her how lovely she is; or, if she's reassuring me that, despite the fact that she is constantly slapping my ass, she is not interested in me.

and she is. constantly slapping my ass, that is. i guess in one sense, this could be construed as workplace sexual harassment. but i don't mind. and she (usually) does it when we're alone.

so, i ask her why she has told me she is straight. apparently she is just testing the word out. isn't that an awesome idea?! don't you wish you could use that someplace? say something totally ridiculous, and just respond with a: oh, i was just testing that out?


At 1:02 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Yes, that does sound like a wonderful thing! Well, I often do that anyway because I sometimes think out loud - probably not the wisest way to think, is it?

At 1:46 PM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

it does sound like a good idea, but ass-slapping sounds like an even better idea. :P

more seriously, it's pretty cool, but the whole being in a culture that doesn't speak your native language thing probably has some downsides too :(

At 2:52 PM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

ass slapping is not only a good idea, but excellent in practice as well.

and way to be all serious!

At 5:01 PM GMT-5, Blogger oomm said...

I'm a big fan of the ass slapping, but I'm not all that straight...wonder where that leaves me?

At 8:23 AM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

we'll i'm sure she wouldn't leave you out of the fun just for that.

At 2:31 PM GMT-5, Blogger Jennifer said...

I think that's called tourett's...no, wait. ;-)

Maybe she watches to much baseball, in reference to the ass-slapping thing???

At 2:31 PM GMT-5, Blogger Jennifer said...

too, rather...oopsy

me speak well english

At 2:42 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

I think "to" was right in that context. "Too" usually means "also", like "me, too."

At 3:32 PM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

no, it should be "too"

1. In addition; also: He's coming along too.
2. More than enough; excessively: She worries too much.
3. To a regrettable degree: My error was all too apparent.
4. Very; extremely; immensely: He's only too willing to be of service.
5. Informal. Indeed; so: You will too do it!

At 3:35 PM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

i can't really imagine her watching any baseball, actually.

At 3:52 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

To which one of those meanings would the locution "in reference to" belong?

At 3:58 PM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

no, it refers to the "to much baseball".

At 4:24 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Oh, my bad. :)

At 9:56 AM GMT-5, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hehehehe...that explains the mix up. ;-)

At 10:59 AM GMT-5, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey catswym,

I can't find Richard's cell phone #, right now (my cell phone is dead and won't turn on). Is there any way you could please text message him for me, and tell him Jen and Eric looked in on Smitey, yesterday, and he is ok?

Thanks and much love!


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