Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Grommer

The chairs are arranged in rows facing the flat screen tv fastened to the wall. When we walked into the waiting room that day, we had to make our way to the front of the room. It was a busy morning at the V.A.

We found our seats and settled in for the wait. I always, always bring a book. It is my insurance against having to wait abnormally long periods of time. My husband quietly watched the latest news flash across the screen.

Soon the familiar sound of a cell phone ringtone filled the air. I nearly jumped out of my seat as the loud "Hello!" rang around the crowded room. Evidently the caller was hard of hearing or this guy thought long distance meant you have to yell louder.

It must have been some time since they'd spoken. The whole waiting room was treated to all the latest family news. "Yeah, she didn't even know she was pregnant. Uh huh - twins!"

It was all I could do not to turn around and get a good look at this guy. On and on he chatted, growing increasingly louder. "Yeah - she went back to work. She's a groomer. A groomer. A Groomer!!!" Yup - definitely hard of hearing.

Cell phone guy upped the volume another notch - "You know, a groomer - G.R.O.M.M.E.R.!"

I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. I will admit I was annoyed at his rudeness for a long time, but he redeemed himself.



  1. That's so funny! I have to say loud cell phone conversations annoy me as much as anything in this world!

    Re your comment - I am a very fast reader, but there are so many times when I think I should be able to go "Search" or "Find" and go back to a person's name or a description that I need to refresh as I read. I totally understand. I can even picture where on the page it is, so that helps as I search back. I'm weird that way.

  2. Very funny -- and true! It bothers me to see and hear people using their cell phones all. the. time! I guess for that reason I don't have one. Anyway, I'm gadget-challenged!!

  3. Thanks for inviting us to laugh with you!

  4. One more thing about your comments today - I wouldn't like winter out in Maine either! I am afraid Angie won't be fond of it either!

  5. I have sat in the Columbus VA facility so many times and watched/heard this played out. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet. Loved your discription and his spelling.

  6. Thanks for such a good