8/29/2008

Information Exchange

There is ongoing construction near my office building and as a result, there are security guards and construction workers accessing and egressing this building frequently.

This morning as I walked through the concourse toward the food court and hash brown heaven, I saw two construction workers stopped by one of the big plant boxes that dot the indoor landscape.

The older guy said to the younger one pointing to a cluster of flowers -

-Ya know what that is? That's hibiscus. The younger one nodded.

A couple of other construction guys were coming up behind them right then and one of them offered some clarification -

- It's a fucking azalea you moron!

People helping people, that's what it's all about.

19 comments:

Johnny Yen said...

Wow, that's just beautiful, man! *sniff*

Keith Kennedy said...

Well? which one was it!!! Inquiring minds want to know

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Fucking azalea is my favourite variety of azalea as well. Much nicer than the Red Dawn.

mellowlee said...

Gotta love construction workers.
Good thing they weren't landscapers huh. Mmmmm hashbrowns *slobber*

Flannery Alden said...

What a delightful conversation to overhear!

I love construction workers.

SkylersDad said...

My favorite construction worker story:

A young family moved into a house next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family's 6-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers. She hung around and eventually the construction crew -gems-in-the-rough, all of them - more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing a dollar. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the dollar pay she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account. When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed with the story and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own paycheck at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, "I've been working with a crew building a house all week." "My goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week too?" "I will if those useless cocksuckers at the lumber yard ever bring us the fuckin' drywall," replied the little girl.

FranIAm said...

Hibiscus masquerading as azalea? Or vice versa?

Plants have died for less!

Suze said...

Skyler's Dad - very funny! True story, I once was in the post office and these two construction workers were there. The one guy said he was going to pick up an application so that he could register to vote. The other guy said out loud "You can't vote. You're a convicted felon."

I didn't mention any names, Dale, so I think your secret's still safe.

katrocket said...

hahaha fucking azaleas? You must work in one of the nicer concourses.

Coaster Punchman said...

Oh my God, were they galootes? I'm getting weak-kneed again.

John Mutford said...

To be fair, it's hard to point out an azalea and still maintain your machismo. The expletives help.

Dale said...

I thought so too Johnny, my heart is fairly bursting.

Tough for me to settle the issue Keith, um, it was pink?

It's a lovely name Barbara. Red Dawn, haven't I seen that movie?

If they'd been landscapers, I'd have loved to see the smackdown Mellowlee!

It was pretty hilarious Flannery. Had I not been hungry, I might have followed them to pick up more.

That's excellent Skyler's Dad!

They're all so tricky Fran, I don't trust them at all.

Thanks for not busting me Suze the way that bastard tried to bust me!!

It's teeming with strangeness Katrocket.

A couple of them were bonafide galootes CP, one of them might have had to pick you up and carry you to safety.

Absolutely John, I think the expletives were completely necessary.

Allison said...

Its nice to hear that construction workers say more on the job than just whistling at passerbys.

genn6 said...

hey, if the motherfucker don't know his flowers he ought to get schooled...

Cormac Brown said...

Good gravy, Toronto construction workers are sophisticated.

Chancelucky said...

What a great moment! You need to test them by bringing in samples of other flowers and seeing how interested they really are.

Distributorcap said...

can you get those construction workers to fix the garden in my building

X. Dell said...

Hmm. Construction workers in Toronto are apparently different than the ones in New York. The ones in New York are only interested in Sweet Petunias.

Dale said...

This crew probably whistles at garden centres Allison.

Fucking right Genn6!

They're very genteel but don't cross (pollinate) them CB.

Should I have a bouquet delivered Chancelucky just to watch the fun?

They'll do it for airfare and accommodations DCap. Your move.

I think that's a favourite of the guys here too X. Dell, hahaha.