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My Cold Came From Israel

Monday, February 04, 2013

My cheeks hurt.
From fake smiling emoticon for about 10 minutes.
SparkPeople should add that to the list of workouts because it's exhausting!

His name is Ben.
The original host of the cold I had the latter part of January.
Apparently my boss' family came over for the holidays [and then some].
With them came a cold virus, in Ben.

I was getting in for my second work
shift and there he stood, by the receptionist desk.
An older gentleman.
Are you here to see the boss? I asked.
He stared at me with a look that told me he was translating my sentence in his head.
Yes, is he not here? He asked.
I walked the warehouse floor and checked his office, came back to Ben and told him he wasn't.
I'll give him a call.
I'll be in the next room if you need anything.
He nodded and shooed me away with his hand.

A few minutes later he was at the doorway.
My name is Ben, who are you?
I tell him my name.
He repeats it and mumbles some gibberish.
This is where the fake smiling began. emoticon
You don't speak Hebrew?
No, I don't.
But your name, it's a Hebrew name!
Really? Still fake smiling. emoticon [Because my previous boss was Egyptian, he claimed my name was Arabic.]
Yes, you don't know this.
No, I'm Mexican. Still smiling. emoticon
Mexican? Who named you?
My father. Trying not to let my smile fade. emoticon
Where did he get the name from?
[Probably some whore he knew.] I don't know. Still fake smiling. emoticon [How did I get trapped in this interrogation!]
My boss walks in and Ben says my name and something in Hebrew.
My boss says no, no, she speaks English.
He pulls him out the door.
My face is relieved it can relax!

I went on with my work and about 15 minutes later Ben is in front of me again.
Fake smile resumed. emoticon
You remind me of someone back in Israel.
Someone nice I hope?
He laughs, turns to my boss and says something in Hebrew.
My boss says my name, something in Hebrew, then the boyfriends' name.
Ben is surprised and says something else in Hebrew.
[The boyfriend and I have Hebrew names. What are the odds?]
You were not here when I came last month, I had a terrible cold, I would not have said hello.
Still fake smiling. emoticon [If I knew you came by with a cold I would have wiped everything down with alcohol!]
They make their coffees and leave.
Face relaxed once again.

About an hour later, Ben is in front of me again.
Resumed fake smiling. emoticon
Goodbye, it was nice meeting you.
Nice to meet you, Ben. Have a good one. [Thanks for the miserable cold.]
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SPARKONSKATES 2/13/2013 12:20PM

    LOL you are a strong nice lady !! This was funny
Hope the cold germs stay away

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BLITZEN40 2/6/2013 6:41PM

    LOL! Sounds like Ben would have liked to have given you more than a cold. Thank goodness your boss cleared things up and let him know you had a boyfriend.

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SARAL72 2/6/2013 12:01PM

    Ah ah ah! emoticon so funny! I can relate to that so well!
People are always asking me those questions....I'm French, but my last name is Spanish.. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 2/5/2013 5:44PM

    You handled that very well. I hope you're not sick again for a very long time!

Karen emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 2/5/2013 5:21PM

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SUSIEQ911 2/5/2013 8:22AM

    I'm sorry that was too funny!

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VINTAGEPAGE 2/5/2013 7:43AM

  Thanks for making me really smile this morning :) have a great day!

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DOVESEYES 2/5/2013 12:08AM

    LOL oh boy what a day!!!

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MICKEYH 2/5/2013 12:04AM

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MEDUSA1977 2/4/2013 11:45PM

    Too funny though that sucks about your cold!!

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BLESSED2BEME 2/4/2013 10:54PM

    LOL! I need fitness minutes for laughing so hard!

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ILOVEMALI 2/4/2013 10:45PM

  well, I am "real smiling" at this story! Get well soon --

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JOYOUS1917 2/4/2013 9:48PM

    Work settings are sometimes stressful. Sorry about that. It IS a lot of work to help people who do not have much knowledge of our native language. You should have seen me with a Japanese man at the local grocery store. I finally figured out that he realized he had been short changed and wanted me to fix it! Well, I did get him directed to the right counter for that to occur. emoticon Stay real!

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