Sooo... the weather is more than a little gross, eh? I just walked my dogs and to say I received a fine misting would be an understatement. I left the gym around 10 p.m. and thought I was in Narnia it was so darn foggy. Check out that usage of darn, eh? I'm trying to swear less. I doubt I'll make it through this post. I'm also trying to morph into a Canadian through all my "eh" usages. I think it's working.
So today I'm sitting at my desk and in walks a woman through the front door. From my office I can hear all front-office transactions without being seen. It's quite convenient.
The woman announced that she was with the CDC and proceeded to tell Bonnie at the front desk all about the health survey currently being conducted in the county. I've already received two press releases about this at least. We've just been short on editorial space and I had no idea what to do with it once the initial announcement passed. Thus, it has been festering in my inbox like so many e-mails. Sad, but true.
Poor Bonnie fields this woman for a while. She was nice enough but just kept going on and on. She then asked Bonnie for some contact information and I grabbed my business card and met her at the door. She shook my hand vigorously, the kind of shake that lasts a good 30 seconds without anyone easing up. The woman's hands were slightly clammy but I didn't put much thought into it.
She then showed me the contents of the press packet she was dropping off. Before leaving she pumped my hand once again. And while maintaining her firm grip she looked me squarely in the eye and said, "You better wash your hands. I have a wicked cold right now."
HELLO!?! You're with the CDC!!! Don't shake my hand if you have a cold! You of all people should know that, lady! It's the Centers for Disease CONTROL and prevention. You think it's control just to tell me to shake my hands after you've exposed me to your cold germs not once but TWICE?!? How 'bout you don't shake my hand AT ALL. You could just start off by saying, "Hey, I'd shake your hand but I have a wicked cold." You don't conclude with that after giving my hand the death grip not once, but twice!!!