Yesterday, at the Big M market (which is so small that it leads me to believe that the Big M is a reference to the owner of the market, rather than said market):
Older man, pausing by my car as I transferred the groceries from the cart: "Yous from Cali?"
Me, believing in my heart of hearts that "being from Cali" is a fabulous and most wondrous thing: "Yes!"
Him: "What the hell ah yous doing heah? Ya lost?"
At which point he abruptly turned and walked away.
In my bright and shiny mind, which has been soaked by California sunshine and golden poppies, I believed it was some northern New York quirkiness that led him to state his mind and walk away. I mean, you hear all about the bluntness (read: rudeness) of New Yorkers, right? It was just a new experience in a new state and I happily went about my merry little way, finding the whole thing rather amusing, and possibly even charming. Oh, these New Yorkers!
When Dan came home (himself being a native New Yorker) I told him about my funny adventure at the grocery store, giggling and snorting my way through the entire anecdote.
Dan's reaction was slightly different than mine.
Dan: What the hell? What an asshole.
Dan: What the hell did he say that for?
Me: I don't know. I think he was just stating his mind and calling it a day.
Dan: *fume* What a jerk! What did you say?
Me: I didn't say anything... he didn't give me a chance.
And here's where the New Yorker in him REALLY came out to play....
Dan: Well, maybe that's why he walked away.
Dan: He was probably expecting to hear something interesting.
Dan: Well, he probably thought you'd have something interesting to say about why you're here.
Me: Ummm... he didn't give me a chance.
Dan: Yeah, he probably was just expecting to hear something interesting and when you just said "yes" he probably figured you had nothing else to say so he walked away.
Me: Soooo... you're saying I BORED him into walking away?
Dan: Well, if I asked someone if they were from somewhere and all they said was yes, I'd figure they weren't interested in talking to me.
Me: Sooooo... you're saying I BORED him into walking away?
Dan: Well, that's what it sounds like to me... Nothing else makes sense, right?
Me: Sooooo... me BORING him into walking away is the only thing that makes sense?
Dan: Well, yeah.
Me: So him being a rude New Yorker would have absolutely NOTHING to do with this?
Dan: What do you mean, "Rude New Yorker"?
Me: Who ends a conversation with a question and then walks away before hearing the answer? And who DEFENDS that by stating the answerer of the question was BORING, which made the walking away a typical response?
Dan: Why are you getting mad?
When cultures collide, y'all...
That's all I'm saying.