Goodness knows I’ve had some…interesting…responses to my disability. I’ve been thrown off an airplane, mocked by a middle-aged transvestite, and had an entire ER rig called out on my behalf. Today, however, may have been the first instance of Serious Oversharing in response to my disability.
I stopped at a local diner for lunch today. As I was standing there waiting for the waitress, a guy at one of the booths asked me if I had recently been to Thailand.
Me: (blink) Uhhhh…no
Guy (almost boasting): Yeah, I got a rash like that after my trip to Thailand. Probably one of the hookers!
Me: (blink) Uhhhh…no.
He then turned back to his dining companions and continued his conversation about the chances for That Sports Team in an upcoming matchup against That Other Sports Team. Matter-of-fact as you please, as if he had just not announced to an entire restaurant full of people that he caught the cooties as a result of a hooker tour of Thailand.
Now after I recovered from the initial TMI Bonding Moment, several thoughts ran through my brain:
- Wow, if I had enough spare money to take a trip to Thailand, I think I’d want more than just a brothel-stop tour.
- Was he asking ME if I’d caught the cooties from a Thai hooker?
- Was that his girlfriend/wife sitting next to him?
Now perhaps he was just having what he thought was a laugh with me. So…scratch the first thought off the list. That STILL leaves me pondering thoughts #2 and #3.
So my hat off to you, sir, for providing a most…unique…bonding experience. And of course, because I am a geek at heart, this entire thought process had its very own soundtrack: