August 27, 2005

Blog fodder Seeps to Work

This camping thing is not just blog fodder. It’s being talked about quite a bit at work. Let me refresh everyone’s memory. I work with Men. All of them fish and/or camp. All of them own handguns and most are retired military. That should set the stage for you.

Then there’s me.

I get along great with all of them. They tease me unmercifully at times, but trust me when I say, I can dish it back out.

So I’m standing in my Tech Lead’s cube and we’re talking about my new tent. My boss is talking with us. My TL tells me that on his honeymoon, he and his wife went camping. I had no idea! I was AT HIS WEDDING! I flew up, they got married in Illinois, and I had no clue they went camping. Turns out it was one day in the Smokey’s, total roughing it. They happened to have their camping equipment in the back of the car and decided they should camp for a night. The conversation went something like this… best of my recollection:

TL: Yeah, we went camping on our honeymoon.

Me: What? Why didn’t I know this? I sat right behind you at work, flew to your damn wedding and I didn’t know you went camping???

TL: Our equipment was in the trunk. We were driving through the Smokey’s and thought, ‘what the hell?’ It was just one night, but it was a lot of fun.

Me: Heh. Not what I picture in a honeymoon… I mean I’m sure it’s good for the bond with each other thing… but I like hot showers.

Boss: Oh camping is GREAT like that. Nobody can hear her scream. (He then winks at me.)

I stood there for a minute, a light shade of pink and started to stammer: I, uh, well, yes, I suppose you’re right, I’d, hmmm, never really thought about that, yeah, well, honestly? I have absolutely NO IDEA what to say to that.

And we all started to laugh. So guys… there’s a bit of a tip for you in case you hadn’t figured it out on your own. Go camping just you and your gal. Nobody can hear her scream.

Posted by Boudicca at August 27, 2005 08:52 PM | TrackBack


Posted by: vw bug at August 28, 2005 06:21 AM

I don't care HOW isolated you are, if no one can hear you scream, someone's not doing their job.

Posted by: Harvey at August 28, 2005 11:49 AM

"Nobody can hear her scream."

Yeh, well Nobody's always been a peeping tom. What a perv.

Posted by: David at August 28, 2005 03:47 PM

unless you are camping in the middle of a park that has other people around, or at a re-enactment.... Then the rest of the people just call it a show.

Posted by: Contagion at August 29, 2005 08:33 AM

So others aren't supposed to hear her scream? Huh.

Posted by: Ogre at August 30, 2005 02:37 PM

You know, my first thought was "what, did he torture her to death?"

I'm just not that vocal.

I know, TMI. *shutting up now*

Posted by: songstress7 at August 30, 2005 11:14 PM