Stephen Jacob (mavjop) wrote,
Stephen Jacob


I worked from home today, but was persuaded that I should meet up with BW and MG for lunch in Mountain View (Ramen House Ryowa - yum!).

They didn't really want to get back to the office with any urgency, so we dropped into Gelato Classico.

While paying for my small gelato (dark chocolate + creme brulee), a woman asked me where I got my T-shirt. I said "Um... Linux World in 2000, I believe." "Linux World... ok," she said.

I went back to fishing for money in my wallet, at which point, she asked me an extremely bizarre question: "Are you wearing anything underneath [it]?"

.... UH... WHAT?!?

There was a moment of stunned silence, and then I think I said something like, "Uh, what sort of question is that?!?".

She hastily explained that she was a big penguin fan and liked my t-shirt (which depicts a penguin holding binoculars with the text, "Looking for applications?" -- it's a [Sun] Java T-shirt) and if I had been wearing something under it, would have tried to buy it from me. She seemed embarassed that I'd think she was crazy for asking the question, or something to that effect.

I mumbled and said, ur, uh, no, sorry -- or something. I looked over ("What the ... heck?!?") at BW and MG as I was getting my change. We left, despite MG trying to linger because it was funnier that way. :P We couldn't stop laughing about it for the next 10 mins or so as we walked up Castro and back to respective cars. It was so incredibly weird.

In a way, I feel a bit bad about finding it so freaky/funny, since she clearly recognised that her question was kind of weirding me out, and apologised and said she hoped I wouldn't think badly of her, or something to that effect, but ... I just can't help it.

Tags: amusing

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