Don’t you hate it?

When you have a GREAT story, one that you refined in your mind all morning, just waiting for your opportunity to blog it, and then *poof* it’s gone?

I do.  It was such a great story.

Instead, I will tell you the (long overdue) funny about the inspirational speaker and the weight-loss surgery support group.

Actually – it may not be funny – it may be sad or mean or politically incorrect.  You can be the judge of that.

I was at a building on the campus of a hospital about a month ago, hanging around, waiting to meet with someone (who never showed up, by the way).  A man came to the reception desk – probably in his mid-50s, a bit on the portly side, but certainly not obviously overweight….just….stout.

He was asking the concierge (it was a fancy hospital building) the location of a room.  The concierge didn’t know.

At that point, a trio of women came into the building and headed towards the elevator.  All three women were very overweight.  The man approached them, all smiles, and asked, “Are you here for the weight loss surgery informational seminar?”

They looked at him – coldly – and answered as one, “No.”  It’s amazing how much you can put in a single word, but that word was charged with anger, contempt and immediate dismissal.  They got on the elevator.  The man looked both surprised and dismayed at the same time.  He turned to the concierge and said, “I’m the “success story” speaker for the group tonight and I just need to find the room – who was I supposed to ask….her?” He gestured towards a thin woman walking through the lobby.

At that point, my ride home arrived, and I didn’t get to find out the end of the story.  Did he find the room?  I don’t know.

I did find myself being supremely happy that he hadn’t asked me where it was.  Six years ago, he may have. (And if I hadn’t started losing weight six years ago, would I have continued to gain? Would I be 70 pounds heavier instead of lighter?  Hard to say, I guess.)

So – funny?  Sad?  both?

Recent Comments

  • Adorable Girlfriend
    July 2, 2008 - 11:41 am ·

    I want weight loss surgery sans crazy speakers.

    Could I also get a single hot Jewish doctor to do it. And throw in some boobs while he is at it.

    Oh waits. AG is working on such. AG loves her life right now!!!!

  • ThickChick
    July 2, 2008 - 12:55 pm ·

    Am I mean for saying that I find it rather humorous? Mostly because he is awfully ballsy to ask ANYONE if they’re headed to a weight loss surgery group!
    That said, I’d probably have some negative self-talk going on in my head if I was one of those women so perhaps it isn’t so funny.

    See you tomorrow AM bright ‘n’ early?

  • P.O.M.
    July 2, 2008 - 2:26 pm ·

    I think it’s funny, only in the sense that awkward situations are always humerous to me! ha ha.

    I wonder the same thing about myself. If I continued with my old lifestyle, would I still just be 35 lbs overweight or would I be pushing 50 lbs overweight. Scary thoughts.

  • Alisa
    July 8, 2008 - 12:11 pm ·

    I lied it’s in John’s Landing… When I get back from vacation, I totally want to try it out.

    I’m not in St John’s, I’m out in the burbs.

    What a small world…did you get your Fafel gyro today?