Thursday, September 18, 2008

Random Observation, Apropos of Nothing

There is a small group of men in my office who eat lunch together every day. There are four of them, all white, all between 55 and 60 years old. EVERY TIME I pass their lunch table, they are discussing the Civil War like it just happened.

17 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Actually they're talking about you. They switch the subject when you walk by so you won't get a big head.

enc said...

Do they call it "The War Between the States?"

Spartacus said...

Tell 'em that the Union won and they should just get over it already.

pistols at dawn said...

For some of us, it just did.

Also, this categorization is untrue. We are always discussing The War of Northern Aggression when you walk by.

Some people.

CDP said...

Dr. Monkey--I KNEW it. I just knew it.

enc--Ha! And see Pistols' comment below.

Spartacus--I know. I think I'll tell them that anything below the M/D line is "our bitch"

Pistols--And how about the Carpetbaggers who perpetrated the Crime of Reconstruction? Don't worry, the South will rise again (not).

Suze said...

OMG, worse than Trekkies :)

Also, you said "The South will rise again" - please tell me it won't be before 10:00 a.m.? I have off tomorrow.

Matty Boy said...

Maybe they are talking about the next one.

chuckles said...

well, for some of the people it seems like it just did.

dguzman said...

They're old. Maybe they just don't remember it's been over for a while.

CDP said...

Suze--well, I wasn't sure, but it seems that you're in the clear. For today.

Matty--hmmmm.

chuckles--Apparently so! Some people can really hold a grudge.

Dguzman--maybe they're like those old Nazis who hid out in the Black Forest and didn't find out that they'd lost the war until 1947 or so.

DeannaHawk said...

Me thinks its very cool. More power to um.

And Kudos to you for being conscious enough to overhear. I find many individuals are too busy in their "me, me, me, lifes all about me" mode to even listen.

peace.

Sauntering Soul said...

You must work with an ex boyfriend of mine. Only he's not in his 50's so I suppose you don't.

But seriously, I spent two vacation days visiting all kinds of Civil War markers, gravesites, and statues with this particular ex. We spent an hour looking for and stopped at two places so he could ask for directions as to where a particular statue was in Memphis. I thought that was a little extreme since we all know men won't stop to ask for directions when you actually need to get somewhere important. We had to stop and take pictures of each and every one of those roadside markers that tell you about some battle, etc. I kept saying prayers when I could see one in the distance that he wouldn't notice it. I thought about leaving him at one of the gravesites and driving back to Atlanta alone.

Not surprisingly, that is the last time I laid eyes on that guy. I broke up with him the day we got back because the thought of a future with that guy and future vacations spent with him made want to die.

pistols at dawn said...

I would just like to add for no apparent reason that Sauntering Soul's comment was the best breakup story ever. I really need to rewrite all my breakups with "and being with her made me want to die."

Also, in my heart, the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac is still going strong.

CDP said...

deannahawk--thanks! Although I wonder if the gentlemen in question would feel the same way about my selfless interest in their conversation if they found out that I blogged about it...

SS--Oh my gosh. My late uncle was an amateur Civil War historian, which accounts for the many times I was dragged through the battlefields of Gettysburg (always reminded that the now-green meadows were once bloody and strewn with limbs) but I can't imagine dating a Civil War fanatic. I'd have lost my will to live, too.

Pistols--and it's not even in her top ten of crazy stories. She's in Atlanta, so when Sherman marches again, she's one of the VERY FEW who should be warned in advance.

Savvy Mode SG said...

funny.... i sort of agree with dr. money. maybe that is the code word when you approach....

MichaƩle said...

Hmm...well, to guage them on the "Wierd Meter," do they wear their Civil War costumes while discussing it? This from a woman who spent two heinous days traveling cross country alone just so she could see where Steel Magnolias was filmed and meet the people who were in the movie. So, there's that.

CDP said...

Savvy--Dr. Monkey is usually rig ht, so I'm definitely going to try to catch them in the act.

Michaele--Two of the four men I'm referring two are known re-enactors; they own uniforms and everything.

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