April 8, 2012

Two funny short tales

beware of dog

The photo is funny, to me, but it really has nothing to do with the two funny short tales I'm telling today.  Both are related to the bookstore.

First Story

I normally don't work on the days I teach Tai Chi.  It's just too much of a time conflict.  We have a new general manager at our store, and he's only been there a short time. Since I came back from leave I've given them only weekend availability.  The new manager called me on Monday and said they were buried in new shipment, and asked me to come to work on Tuesday, a Tai Chi day, from 6 AM to 10:30 AM, and shelf books.  I said, sure.  I'm a team player, after all.

The next day, I got up extra early, 4 AM, to shower, eat my breakfast, read the newspaper, all the morning things I like to do, and started work at 6 AM.  The shift went fine, I felt great, and I went home.

The Tai Chi Class is Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  After the warm up we did our normal Yang 108 Movement Long Form Tai Chi.  Part way thru the 108, I called a movement incorrectly.  Very incorrectly.  The movement is called Chop Your Opponent With Your Fist.  This isn't it exactly, but it's the best photo I could find.

 jodan tsuki

But, I said, Chop Your Opponent With Your FOOT!  I was seriously tired and my class broke out in giggles.  This movement is repeated as part of a sequence several times, and I didn't make the error, again, but we all got a good laugh out of it.

I teach seniors and we don't have opponents, but I do teach Tai Chi as a martial art, not as a exercise or dance class.

Second Story

This story is also true and took place in the bookstore, but since it didn't involve me, I'm changed the names. During every sale, be it at the cash wrap, the music department or the café, we ask the customer if their using their B&N membership.

coffee. books. snow. winter. mugs.

"V" is a happily married young grandmother who works in the café.  She was helping a very handsome male customer with his café order.  "V" meant to ask the Handsome Guy, "Are you a Member?".  What came out of her mouth was, "Are you Married?".  She apologized, and said, "What I meant to ask is Are You Married?"

"V" was so embarrassed, but regrouped and re-apologized and asked correctly, "Are you a Member?"  The Handsome Guy, who was with his daughter, told her he wasn't married, and he wasn't a member!  She finished the order and had another employee take her place until she could get over her embarrassment.

We have a good time at the bookstore and have a terrific staff.  Everyone who's heard both of these stories got a good laugh out of them.  I hope you did, too.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my life with me,

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