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Thursday, January 12

Conversations gone wrong

Part of my job is to purchase steel for the shop to make things out of. We record our stock levels by the inch for bars and tubes and by the square foot for plate. I probably talk to this particular steel supplier three or four times a week so we've gotten to know each other fairly well but not THIS well.

Here's the transcript from this morning's conversation.

me: Do you want to fax me the prices or do you have time to do them now?

him: I'll do you right now.

me: Sounds good.

him: I forget, how do you like it? By the foot or by the inch?

me: *speechless*

me: *regaining composure* By the inch please.

Who knew buying steel could be so much fun?

22 Comments:

Blogger Swami said...

Well, that was fun if you thought it was fun. Otherwise it's sexual harrassment.

I don't know where things stand in Canada on sexual harrassment issues, but most men I know go to great lengths these days to avoid doing or saying anything which could be construed as harrassment, even with women they have known for years.

Thu. Jan. 12, 10:32:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Peter said...

Well, that was fun if you thought it was fun. Otherwise it's sexual harrassment.

I don't know where things stand in Canada on sexual harrassment issues, but most men I know go to great lengths these days to avoid doing or saying anything which could be construed as harrassment, even with women they have known for years.e known for years.

Thu. Jan. 12, 10:32:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger momma said...

LOL I have machine shop owners I deal with in much the same way. It's fun.

Thu. Jan. 12, 10:42:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger momma said...

And who is Peter and why did he copy and paste Swami's comment?

Thu. Jan. 12, 10:43:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

I am not Peter, lol.

*confused*

Thu. Jan. 12, 11:01:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

Yes, it was entirely innocent on his part. It was my dirty mind that twisted it. He probably didn't even realize what he said. I, OTOH, had trouble refraining from teasing him about it but didn't want to be accused of sexual harrassment. *snicker* I guess I should have clarified that in my post.

I'm sure it's the same way here Swami, at least in more professional settings than this place. There is a lot of teasing and flirting that happens here but it's never been the icky kind, always the fun kind. I'd never put up with the icky kind.

One of the guys is over 65. He's here part-time and I've worked with him for over 20 years. He's a dirty old man but always in a joking way, I've never felt uncomfortable. He teases my "work husband" and tells him to stop checking out my ass. It's harmless to me but then, I'm pretty easy going that way and not easily offended.

Nice to meet you Peter the Parrot. *grin*

Momma, I love working with men. I don't think I could handle working in an office full of women.

Thu. Jan. 12, 11:05:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

His profile says he's a 23 year old Auzzie interested in "Pop Culture Television dance music the Soft Drink industry Japanese language and culture Australian Rules football Collingwood rugby league horse racing journalism beer shopping centres."

Gee, you have friends everywhere, Lights!

Thu. Jan. 12, 11:05:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

I had no idea that my reputation had travelled THAT far. *blush*

Thu. Jan. 12, 11:06:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

A younger man would be good. Younger than my son might be a bit much though. I mean I don't want to have to be a teacher. *giggle*

Thu. Jan. 12, 11:10:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Puffy said...

Did you ask him if he's as hard as steel?

Thu. Jan. 12, 12:39:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger mm said...

Mind if I swoop in on your yonuger guy, lights? ;-)

When I worked in customer service, I got a phone call from someone asking for a co-worker. I said, "she's on another customer at the moment, would you like to wait for her?" *giggle* She was *on* the phone, helping another customer, and I just screwed up how to say she's 'on the phone' and 'she's with another a customer'.

Thu. Jan. 12, 02:32:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger mm said...

And not only your yonuger guy, but the *younger* guy, too.

MM <--dork!

Thu. Jan. 12, 02:33:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Bravie said...

*snort* I could have never kept myself composed. Never ever ever. LMAO

Thu. Jan. 12, 02:40:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

That? Is awesome-I can totally see men saying that & not intending anything by it.

Thu. Jan. 12, 02:55:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger thndrkttn said...

I am just stopping by to tell you your son is hot. *grin*

There was one time that I had to speak to a pro-se defendant about forfeiting his vehicle. As I am explaining that transporting 4 pounds of marijuana and selling it out of his car means the car is grounds for forfeiture under 21. U.S.C Section 881(a)(4), he pauses and tells me that I have a very sexy voice and wanted to know what I looked like. EWWWWWWW! I felt like I needed a shower. *shudder*

Thu. Jan. 12, 03:00:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Glowie said...

ha! I would have laughed. Most likely just like that. Ha!

Thu. Jan. 12, 03:13:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger MTW said...

*sings to lights*
"Cuz you are the magnet, and I a-am the ste-ee-eel. Mmm, mmm, oh, oh"

:-)

Thu. Jan. 12, 04:49:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

Sorry, did you girls say something? I was busy swooning over MTW serenading me. *giggle*

The old guy I work with has a million stories. One of his favorites is about when he worked at Taylor Hardware. The lady that answered the phone would say "Taylor Hardware" when she answered and one customer always answered, "Make up your mind lady". *snicker*

Wonder how long it will take mm to get this one. *grin*

Thu. Jan. 12, 07:40:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger arkie said...

I'm not getting it, lightsy. I even said it out loud 5 times. I just don't get it.

Thu. Jan. 12, 08:50:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

*whispers to Arkie*

Don't worry, I didn't get it at first either. Then he explained that the guy finally asked her, "What are you selling lady? Tail or Hardware?"

Fri. Jan. 13, 07:39:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

*gasp*

Nutz <--- gellus that MTW is serenading you. *pout*

Fri. Jan. 13, 07:55:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

Taylor Hardware?

Swami<--- laughed right away

Fri. Jan. 13, 09:09:00 a.m. EST  

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