Me: So, you get money for Chinese New Year? That's nice.
Debbie: Sure!--well, if you're single you get money in a red envelope. Last year I got $500. Cash!
Me: What? I get a hangover and if I'm lucky, a sloppy kiss. But that's for regular New Year.
(Lenore trundles past us to the nearby break room and rummages around for something. We continue to snack and talk.)
Debbie: We also eat a lot and spend time with family.
Me: And run through the streets as dragons and blow your hand off with firecrackers, right?
Debbie: Yeah, something like that.
(Lenore comes up and leans over Debbie with a mouth full of Pirate's Booty. She has a band aid in her hand.)
Lenore: (spitting puffs of the chemical cheese out of her mouth) Hey! Did you guys see there's a huge bag of Cheetos in the break room? I love that stuff!
Me: It's Debbie's. She's going to New York next week to see her family for Chinese New Year's and has to get rid of all her food.
L: Oh! Get rid of it on me. Where did you get the Cheetos? They're yummo!
Debbie: From Trader Joe's. It's actually Pirate's Booty.
L: (continuing to cram food in her mouth) Huh?
Debbie: (slowly) Pi-rate's Boo-Tay.
L: Well what ever you call it, there's a bag of it in the break room and no one is eating it. I just love it.
Me: (noticing the band aid in her hand) What's the band aid for? Did you cut yourself?
L: Oh, no. Allison across the way, her desk drawer has been jammed all morning. She's had one heck of a time trying to get the, the, (losing her train of thought for a moment) well, she can't get that darn thing open. She's out to lunch now, or something. I don't know where she is. (putting more Pirate's Booty in her mouth) No one tells me nothing!
Debbie: But what's the band aid for?
L: Oh, the guy that came to fix the drawer cut his hand open or something. He just called me and needed some First Aid. All I could find was this band aid.
Me: Oh my gosh! Is it bad? There should be a whole First Aid kit next to the fire extinguisher in the break room.
L: Well, I'll see what he needs when I get down there. This band aid should be fine, I think. *nom nom nom*
Originally posted January 23, 2009