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The stupid... it burns

So this morning I stepped out of the house and thought, "Yep, it's July." Yesterday it went back up to 112 degrees and the humidity ratcheted up from about 5% to nearly 40%, and the dewpoint has swung up over 53%, so therefore -- it may rain shortly. Very moist, very hot, and, well, that's July in Phoenix.

Overheard the other day in the Cubicle Jungle I work in:

"The world is supposed to end this year, according to the Aztec calendar."

"What are Aztecs?"


And I wonder why it's so hard to teach them how to comprehend a simple photo scanner.

To my credit, for once I didn't pop into the conversation. I couldn't trust myself not to scream in frustration.

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wildrider
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
And these are nice, normal people here... (and I wonder why I despair of America sometimes)
ljs
Jul. 10th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Oh DEAR.

[pats you for dealing with that ignorance]

[hugs]
wildrider
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
*hugs!* At least have a happy Saturday!
nutmeg3
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
You should have explained to them that an Aztec was a failed car model from...someone. And also that we have 'til 2012 before we all gets blowed up or whatever.

Oh, and that the "prophecy" was Mayan, not Aztec, and wasn't actually a prophecy at all, just a calendar that ran out of steam.

Edited at 2010-07-10 02:09 pm (UTC)
wildrider
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yes -- I almost piped up with "It was the Mayan calendar," but before I could, I heard that "what are Aztecs?" and I was struck speechless. She's lived in the Southwest for more than twenty years, even.

This is the common, normal, everyday American. She's a sweet, wonderful lady. But OMG...!
evil_little_dog
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
THE STUPID IT BURNSSSS.
wildrider
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, the common, everyday American!
cornerofmadness
Jul. 10th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
dear god
wildrider
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
YES...!
tiirz
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
(bangs head)
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