I went to McDonalds for breakfast a couple of days ago after my blood test. I’m drawn to junk food, and have no excuses. While I was there I indulged in several of my favourite pastimes, including procrastinating and eavesdropping.
Can you guess who I was eavesdropping on? The clue is in the title.
I’ll pause for a moment while you work it out. I bet Derrick gets it. He has that sort of mind.
Any way, there they were, talking loudly about husbands and work and friends and children. All pretty standard stuff, even though I did have to smile at the irony of a conversation that dwelt at length on diet, low-fat recipes and the merits of various slimming group leaders. McDonalds is not generally associated with slim people. Despite this they semed passionate about the idea of dieting.
This is an example of why I shouldn’t really listen to the conversations of other people, as I felt a growing urge to tell them they’d be better off staying out of fast food outlets rather than going to Weight Watchers.
Conversations can be a bit dull at times, I know mine often are, but then it became unexpectedly entertaining.
One of them, it seems, is in the habit of taking confidential papers home to shred them instead of shredding them at work.
“Why’s that?” One of them asked.
“Because they have a cross-cut shredder and it cuts the paper up into little bits. The one at home leaves nice long strips.”
“What difference does that make?”
I waited with bated breath, expecting some gem of wisdom relating to document security and confidentiality.
“My pet rabbit prefers the long strips.”
Have you worked the title out yet?
It’s based on the bingo call for 88 – two fat ladies…