Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Smooth Move, Dr. G.

Tonight Mrs. Grumpy had me stop at Local Deli to pick up dinner.

The glass doors in front are heavily darkened. You can see if there's someone on the other side (so you don't whack them) but they're too dark to make out any details about them.

As I'm leaving with my Bag-O-Dinner, I was starting to push the door open. At the same time a child suddenly appeared on the other side of the door, starting to come in. He jumped back as I pushed the door open, and I almost hit him with it.

I stuck my head out and said, "Oh, sorry, kiddo, I..." and stopped.

It was a midget.

29 comments:

Gert said...

Totally understandable!

That's one of the burdens of being a (not sure of the preferred term) short person....

It's not like you meant to be an ass.

:D

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Gert- Mrs. Grumpy begs to differ.

She says I am always one, whether I mean to be or not!

And she's put up with me for over 15 years!

formerly Disgruntled RPh said...

Niiiiiiiiice!!!! (Sounds like something I would do....)

Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel any better, it's probably not the first time this has happened to him/her.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I've done that once. I almost hit a person in wheelchair then said "oops! So sorry, didn't see you there" without thinking. All the people surrounding me looked at me horrified. Oh boy, I really made an ass of myself.

PJ Geraghty said...

If only he'd replied "Hey, I'm not happy!" Then you could have said "well, which one are you?"

(Old joke, but someone's gotta use it...)

Phathead said...

At least you didn't kick him for distance...

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO!!! And he said in response??? LOL!!!

student dr. blaze said...

Only you...that would *only* happen to you! lol! :-D

Anonymous said...

these things happen. u just gotta move on.

Kate@spannersound.com said...

Can win for losing, eh? Maybe you should just adopt the generic "dude" for all pronouns. Or El Dudarino if you are not into brevity.

Julie said...

oops ... but a an understandable mistake

... as for being an "ass" and why Mrs Grumpy has put up with you for 15 years - well let's not go there :)

Anonymous said...

Kiddo? How old are you? My grandparents used that term.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Grumpy,

Remember that ad for morphine with that lady with the tray of daiquiris? Well I ran into a guy at a bar tonight who is in charge or marketing at a big pharma company for insulin and I was enlightening him about this blunderous ad big pharma had put out and his response was "Well maybe their virgins!" I almost fell off my bar stool. Anyways we both got a good laugh out of it. Just thought you should know.

-The Pre-Med'er

Helen said...

Oh, noooo.

This is something I'd have done.

Once, thinking I was being helpful, I stopped a man and pointed out that he was entering the women's washroom.

(S)he said, "But I AM a woman."

Sometimes there's just no way to dig yourself out of the hole.

Queen of Crafts, Current Events, and Such. said...

slick move G

ERP said...

Midget or Achondroplastic Dwarf? Lets make sure you were not generalising.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

ERP- at that point I really didn't want to ask, or look.

Chrysalis Angel said...

You do have the luck, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw once..."Three things in life I can't stand:Bigotry, Hatred,.....Midgets"

Rach said...

oy.

charmcity said...

This afternoon, I was standing in the vestibule at our hospital, waiting for my husband to pick me up. A blind man had passed through the revolving door, and was standing just outside, but still enclosed in the quarter of the door. He was chatting on his cell phone, white cane over his arm. It was a pretty quiet entrance, and I figured he was just staying out of the wind, so I held back. Just then, a toddler came barreling past me, hurtling toward the revolving door. "Nooo...!"
Mom caught him in the nick of time.

Ladyk73 said...

lmfao....today I had a meeting with some disability activists. I was trying to be all smooth by walking around tables to give people in wheelchairs handshakes..and other ways to kiss up. Being shown out by another person in a wheelchair...I turned around one last time to say goodbye, and nearly feel over a box in the hallway.

I guess you had to be there...but it was embarrassing be the only person without a major physical disability tripping in front of everyone.

Matt McCarley said...

HAHAHA midget. So glad you're not concerned about being PC.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Is there a proper PC term? I didn't know. I may be out of the loop.

Doris said...

I believe the terms are little person or dwarf

>:)

Anonymous said...

The proper pc term is little person. They hate it when people call them dwarves.

Jeremy said...

My neighbor is a little person and I can tell you it IS "Little person" that they prefer to be referred to as- and take offense to the other antiquated terms...

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I honestly didn't know. I will apologize, if I ever see him again.

 
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