Tuesday, July 28, 2009As morning clawed its way over the day, M. tilted her head slightly to the right and asked, "Coffee?" Then she cupped her hands over her mouth and replied to herself in a high-pitched cartoon voice, "M!"
She is dressed in American Apparel attire, her hair in a ponytail, looking very sharp in three shades of aqua-blue. She glances my way and exclaims, "I need to go see who's calling my name." Then she skips down to the cafeteria.
Upon her return with a tall cup of Seattle's Best, she grabs my attention.
M: "Jake, do you like yams?"
Me: "I love yams."
M: (Shocked) "You do not like yams!"
Me: "Yes I do."
M: "Nobody like yams. Jake, you do NOT like yams."
I pause a moment before asking, "What's going on?"
M: (condescending) "YOU like yams?"
M: "How do you like them?"
Me: "Kind of mashed, usually. Or candied if it's Thanksgiving."
M: "Ha! Candied!"
Me: "I usually eat them mashed."
M. stares at me, then gets all serious. "When I was a little girl and I asked my mother what I‘d be. Would I be famous, would I be pretty? She told me to shut up and eat my yams."
Then she sauntered off to clean the department refrigerator.
During lunch, M. sits at her desk eating microwaved yams. She tells the story of a recent purchase involving a mystical 'Mirror of Truth.' According to M., The Mirror of Truth is a small mirror that magnifies the pores in your skin so they appear bigger than both of your fists put together.
M. tells it like this: "I took The Mirror of Truth home and put it over the mirror I already have. I wanted to look at myself, so I did. And what did I see? My pores are this big" (holds up hands to form a giant circle) "There is a party in each pore. There is alcohol and reproduction and bacteria and all sorts of wild things at the party, and bacteria reproduces fast!"
Sometimes for no reason, M. declares she is growing a beard, so I ask how her beard looks in The Mirror of Truth. Her reply: "I saw hairs I wasn't even paying attention to."
She then demonstrates how to use 2 Magnifying Glasses of Truth placed permanently in front of her chest to attract attention from the opposite sex.
For the next three hours, M. points her finger in the air and says aloud to everyone passing by: "The Mirror of Truth!"
Later, free of charge, M. takes out a tiny bottle of Nature Energy Spray and juggles it before our very eyes. Even though it's only 1 bottle, she gyrates her body and keeps the bottle afloat several times before dropping it to the floor. Not one to easily admit defeat, M. gracefully slides her naked toes from their flip-flop holsters and snatches the bottle up with her pigglies.
"Ta-Da!" she shouts.
The rest of the afternoon fizzles into a dizzy whirlwind of exaggerated snobbery and wacky quips.
Example: "Mmmmph, you people don't know where I shop!" (Accompanied by extra pursed lips and fluttery eyes.)
Example: "You need to read this article on JEALOUSY."
Example: "There is a wire between my gums and the back of my teeth that is killing me. I have so much food in my mouth!"