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It's been a while since I've posted an embarrassing food incident. This one is not as amusing, or humiliating, as the The Purloined Lunch. But I know a few folks on my f-list are feeling down or having a tough time. And what better medicine than to laugh at a fellow LJer?

So, last week, my boss left. Sad for our department, and especially for another colleague (Z) and me. The three of us have worked at the company almost from its inception; Z was employee number 5. My boss and I started the same week and argued over who was 6 and who was 7.

Almost six years later, we have become a pretty good team. My boss isn't leaving the company, but she is moving away, so we will get a new head of our department. And we'll miss the boss - she was cool and caring and mostly laissez-faire. Despite our bitterness that she's leaving us vulnerable to a NewBadBoss, Z and I thought the old team should go out for one last lunch.

So off we go to a Mexican restaurant. Back when our company had 10 people and not 60, we'd go to this place. Except it was a Chinese restaurant then. Now it's cuisine de Mexique, but it's all good. I order a yummy shrimp dish, and when it arrives, it comes with tortillas.

I wasn't expecting tortillas. there was no mention of them in the menu description of my meal. But hey, who am I to turn them down. The problem was that I kept saying, "Ooh, pancakes," knowing that wasn't the right word. It was as if I thought I'd ordered Moo Shi/Shu shrimp.

All through the meal, everytime I mentioned the tortillas, I said pancakes. And it was driving me crazy that I couldn't think of the right word. But I didn't just say, "You know what I mean..." and have one of my learned colleagues supply the noun for me.

Then, like a bright light out of nowhere (i.e., my brain), I remembered the word. And apropos of nothing that was being said, as we were waiting for the check, I blurted out "TORTILLAS!"

My boss looked a little happier to be leaving and Z, a little sadder to be staying. I was just mortified that it had taken me over an hour to think of the most basic Mexican/Spanish foodstuff. And, oh, yeah, that I had then shouted it out in the middle of the restaurant.

But hey, at least I didn't steal anything from anyone!

Back later with weeks' worth of pet peeves and pointless observations. Hope all is well out there. I have been reading, even if I've been a bad responder/ent.
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Date: 2006-06-14 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hey, you! I never thanked you for my birthday balloons. That was so sweet of you. I'll try to sign on AIM tomorrow night. I've been working so much lately, I haven't been around.

Does this mean the muses are active? : )

Date: 2006-06-13 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sravenk.livejournal.com
TORTILLAS!

I am not sure the funniest part of this story, the fact that you randomly yelled "Tortillas!" in the midst of conversation, or that your chosen replacement for "tortillas" throughout your dinner was "pancakes". Pancakes? Seriously? You are so adorable.

Thanks for the laugh. And for reminding me of when you stole The New Guy's sandwich, because damn, that one deserves a revisit. ::cracks up:: You are so funny!

Date: 2006-06-14 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm glad you got a laugh. I reread the lunch story, too, and in one of the comments, I talked about another humiliating incident ("Hi, I'm Daniel...") and was giggling about it for the whole train ride home.

Also, just to defend my choice of "pancakes" as a substitute - have you ever had Moo Shi (commonly called Moo Shu in other places)? It comes with these pancakes, kind of like Chinese tortillas. I swear, I'm not a complete lost cause!

Date: 2006-06-13 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] payoffpitch.livejournal.com
That's hysterical. You should post it as a self-mock in [profile] mock_the_stupid

Also, I love your Oz mood icons. Where can I get myself a set? :)

Date: 2006-06-14 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Wait, there's a community called "Mock the stupid" and I don't know about it??? Must check out immediately... We'll see if I'm game enough to mock myself.

My mood icons were made by the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] solamentenic as part of a charity auction. But I think they are probably up for grabs. And there are others around, I think. I'll see if I can find some and let you know.

Date: 2006-06-14 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] payoffpitch.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks!

And yes, join the community! It's a lot of fun!

Date: 2006-06-13 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostingeekdom.livejournal.com
heh .. I remember your purloined lunch story, and one of the suggestions to offer it back to him *g*.

And hey, atleast you remembered that it was tortillas. That counts for something.

Date: 2006-06-14 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hee - I reread the comments and laughed again at that suggestion!

And how are you? Sorry I've been so scarce. Work has been kicking my butt. Speaking of kicking... I've been enjoying your soccer posts!

Date: 2006-06-14 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostingeekdom.livejournal.com
Heh ..I've been ok .. though missing our drinky sessions. Glad you like th soccer posts. Lots more pretty will be coming up in the future. *g*

Date: 2006-06-13 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamylyfe.livejournal.com
Hee.

So happy to see this here! I'm a little laissez-faire with my F-list, but this totally makes me see why I gotta Pay!More!Attention!

If it makes you feel any better, I once threw a fork at my father in a restaurant, in a fit of pique. Over an argument we were having about the ending of Titanic. Everyone in the place stopped talking, sit-com style, and stared at us, while the nice woman who owned the place picked up the fork and ran off to get me a new one.

I kinda suck that way.

Date: 2006-06-14 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Yay - my first Xara comment! I'm trying to get Arminda to join us here on LJ. I forgot to tell her that she can post anonymously.

I have trouble keeping up with my f-list. I think all you young'uns are better at this newfangled interweb!

Can I assume that the argument with your father was a question of whether the movie was 45 minutes too long or just a half hour?

If I ever come to Toronto, I'll try to avoid controversial subjects when we're around flatware.

Date: 2006-06-14 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamylyfe.livejournal.com
Yeah, sadly... the fight was about why people cry at the end of Titanic. Apparently it's because women are evil and selfish.

I kept pointing out that I hadn't cried at the end of Titanic, and finally I threw the fork down on the table, but... It bounced.

My father actually looked shocked.

I've dropped the LJ address Arminda's way, too. I have other lures I plan to unleash shortly.

Lures?! I'm open to being lured. Honest!

Date: 2006-06-14 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oops.

I guess you don't need a lure if I've already surfaced.

Ignore This.

**scampers off**

Date: 2006-06-14 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badtyler.livejournal.com
"I blurted out "TORTILLAS!"

That's the funniest thing I've heard all day,
except for 'tartlets'!

Today has been a 'funny words that begin with 'T' day.
We should make it a national holiday.
We need more of those! *g*

Good to see you here; you've been missed.
And I totally get the 'Chinese pancakes' thing.
Really. I do!

she lives!

Date: 2006-06-14 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theholyinnocent.livejournal.com
Bwahahahaha! And you weren't drinking? Double Bwah!

Glad to see you're alive and kicking, UV! (Well, sounds like work is doing the kicking and not you.) If it makes you feel any better, my girlfriend sometimes forgets rather basic words as well. I think years of graduate school has done something to her mind--hey, it's a good excuse, perhaps you can use it as well. :)
From: (Anonymous)
where I sometimes take a half hour to remember the NAMES of acquaintances of long standing.

Arminda

Date: 2007-01-03 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padpedpladuk.livejournal.com
UV! You have an LJ! I'm mountainboy / wdj. I'm adding you!! Add me back?!? :) :)

Date: 2007-01-05 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hey - did your parents stop at wdj? Hee. Fancy meeting you here. How on earth did you find me? I haven't posted on my LJ for far too long. I'm a bad, bad LJer.

Some site with the initials D and C seems to take up most of my free online time these days...

And consider yourself added : )
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