L: How did you get all these labels printed? It must have taken you a long time.
Me: No, just a few minutes.
L: Really!? This would have taken me weeks to type.
Me: I did a mail merge. On the computer.
L: I don't trust the internet. I prefer the typewriter. Less mistakes.
L: Have you ever heard of a thing called a tamale?
Me: Uh, yes.
L: Well you haven't tried a New Mexico tamale. They're the best!
Me: What's in a New Mexican tamale?
L: Corn sometimes.
Me: I've had a corn tamale.
L: Well have you ever tried one with chicken?
L: What about pork? Shredded pork I mean?
L: Hm. I bet you've never tried one with green chili!
L: What about peppers?
Me: Yes, I've tried one with peppers.
L: Well, you sound like you've tried every tamale ever made! How about one with beef and cheese?
Me: No, no, I haven't tried one of those.
L: I like to make my egg salad with eggs and mayonnaise. Do you know how to make egg salad?
Me: Yes. I make it all the time.
L: Well, I want to learn to make amazing egg salad. I've looked for all kinds of recipes and I can't find any! Do you know an amazing recipe?
Me: Well, I like spicy food--
L: Oh, me too! Me too!
Me: So, I'll put spicy dijon mustard in my egg salad.
Me: Yeah, and peas or pickles sometimes.
L: Wow! I've never heard of such a thing. Can you write that down for me?
L: The union is great! You can sit at your desk and write a novel and they can't fire you.
Me: Is that so?
L: Look at me. I've been here for years. I mean I work and stuff.
Me: I've never been part of the union.
L: It's just the best. You know something, I was so scared to leave at 5:00 so I talked to our union president. He fights for all of our rights and now I can leave early everyday.
Me: Why were you afraid to leave at 5:00?
L: I live out in the Richmond and by the time I get home it's dark. And I don't want to deal with muggers and rapers.
Me: Rapers? Like, rapists?
L: Yeah, they're all out at night.
Originally posted March 7, 2008