Monday, December 03, 2007

Shiny and Fine

Several days ago, the following conversation occurred at my current place of employment:

Female Co-Worker: (Passing by my desk) Your hair is so pretty.

Me: Thanks!

FCW: It's such a pretty color.

Me: Thank you.

FCW: Is that your natural color?

Me: I wish!

FCW: It's not natural?

Me: Nope.

FCW: It looks really natural.

Me: Thanks!

FCW: It's really pretty.

Me: Thanks.

-Several hours later-

FCW: (Passing by my desk again) Your hair is just so pretty.

Me: Thank you.

FCW: It's so shiny.

Me: Oh, thanks.

FCW: Can I touch it?

Me: . . . I'm sorry?

FCW: Can I touch your hair?

Me: Um . . . sure . . .

FCW: (Stroking my hair) Wow, it's really soft.

Me: . . . . .

FCW: (Still stroking) It's very healthy.

Me: I take vitamins . . .

FCW: (Squeezing a handful of hair) Wow, it's not nearly as thick as it looks.

Me: . . . . Oh, yeah, well, my hair's actually pretty fine . . .

FCW: (A look of horror crossing her face) Oh, I didn't mean, I mean, I just meant that your hair looks thicker than it is . . . I didn't mean, I mean it's just so pretty!

Me: No, don't worry about it, I know what you meant . . .

FCW: I mean, feel my hair! MY hair is fine!

Me: No, that's really okay, I . . .

FCW: No, feel my hair! It's so thin!!

Me: (Gingerly touching her hair) No, your hair is . . . nice . . .

FCW: No, it's SO fine.

Me: . . . .

FCW: I'm so sorry I said that. That's not what I meant at all.

Me: Not a problem.

FCW: I just think your hair is really pretty.

Me: No, I know. Thank you.

FCW: Okay, well I guess I better get back to work.

Me: Okay then.

FCW: Okay. 'Bye.

Me: 'Bye.


Jannah said...

Single White Female anyone? Em, I knows you done grew up in Utah where all the folks is nice, but I thought you would have learned in Harlem that the correct answer to the question
"Can I touch your hair?"
"No way you psycho hose beast!"

Are you temping at this place I hope?

Geo said...

I can't believe they edited this out of the movie (Napoleon Dynamite)!

Josh said...

For the record, you do have nice hair.

TnD said...

Tomorrow she may move on to your skin, so watch out. Your skin is so fair and unblemished. It looks so soft. Can I stroke your skin, etc, etc, until you are forced to filed a sexual harassment suit.

Rebekah & Mike said...
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Anonymous said...

Isn't feminism awesome?

rebrob said...

Well, at least it was better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. (or was it?) P.S. I love your hair, too. If I was within reach, I'd ask to stroke it as well!

AzĂșcar said...


I don't want to stroke your hair.



Dianna G. said...

You know what, Em, if you weren't such an adorable human being I would wonder how you attract such strange, forward individuals. (I'm thinking Mr. Speedo should meet this lady). But who could blame them?

Just the same, beware of this one. She sounds like she might be suffering from a borderline personality disorder. Single white female indeed!

Annette Lyon said...

As you would say, M'kay . . .

samiam said...

Odd, very odd!

Emmie said...

For the record, I like you.

Emmie said...


Not to worry - my folicly fascinated co-worker is now kind of avoiding me.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm glad she's avoiding you -- I would be frightened, just a bit, otherwise.

CrazyBunnyLady said...


Meg at night said...

Are you using Pantene? Cuz when I was running at the gym this morning there was a Pantene commercial and they kept talking about how "shiny" it will make your hair. If you are using Pantene, maybe you could be a testimonial for their next commercial showing it really works!

christopher clark said...

Just don't forget what happened in "Of Mice and Men."

Emmie said...

Chris - if she ever invites me into a barn, I am so not going in there.

Emily said...

Your hair is gohgeous.