I met a huge assortment of people today and I won't say they were all strange, but they were a little off plumb. If you know what I mean. I stopped at a casino close by and met with not one buyer but the whole maintenance department. They were having such a great time, giving me a hard time, that it was a pretty jolly hour! Men are strange, we all know that. I learned a long time ago that men act a whole lot differently in a group of their friends, away from all of their wives. I think they are the nicest at that point, although some are definitely a tad on the sneaky side, faking the good cheer. Maybe they bluff me out when they are like that; perhaps they really are the dull, care-worn individuals they seem like when you run across one of them at the mall with a wife or girlfriend. Anyway, they joked around and then they, most importantly, bought something from me. It's all good when everyone has a pleasant sales call, but it isn't much fun when, in the end, they don't buy anything. Then I went to the back of beyond, to a small, family owned mining company. They were nice, too, and I know they will call me when they make their decision about the products we looked at. No one from my company had been out to see them for a number of years, so they were happy to see someone. While I was out there in the boonies, one of the guys from the casino called my cell to tell me I'd forgotten a very large, new sample tool. He was a very nice man, he had it tucked away in his tool box for safe keeping for me. Very nice.
Later tonight, I stopped at the grocery store. This couple came running in, asking a worker where the figs were. As I was standing directly next to the raisin department, I pointed it out to them. He came hurrying back and said, "We're going to make fruit cake! Not that kind with dried fruit, no, the good kind with fresh stuff in it." Very excited he was, too! I said, "Do you want my address? " He didn't get it, but I liked them and got a charge out of the excitement he was throwing off.