Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Too Much Info ...... Way Too Much

My day was going along just fine. I was putting clean sheets on the bed and sorting laundry when a truck pulled up to the front of the building. I continued with my chore of the moment while listening for the bell that would announce someone entering the store. So much time passed that I went to look out the window twice. A man was talking on his cell phone and sipping coffee. The driver's door was open and he had one leg on the ground, so I kind of figured he would be coming in eventually.


He did come in and when asked if I could help him, he said he just wanted to know the rates. The rates; well, they depend on what your particular needs are. I hand him a brochure with the rates listed and ask what his electric needs are and how long he will need a site. Since he hasn't got an RV with him I am assuming he is looking for a long-term spot and I am right. He is a pipe-line worker, an inspector that will stay until the "clean-up" crew leaves. All the information I need. I give him the monthly rates and he keeps talking.


He is staying at a campground near the office that he reports to every day and says that he is just looking for a change, that his job will only last another 4 months or so. He goes on to tell me that he is looking at other campgrounds in the area and how awful one of my competitors' campground is and that it is way too expensive and that the park is really unkempt. I listen politely, longing to get started on my laundry so I can fish painting my kitchen cabinets. I nod and murmur appropriately and he keeps talking. Tells me he really likes the campground he is staying in. It is really nice and is so close to his work. I wonder (to myself) why he wants to move and continue listening.


I didn't ask, but he chose to confide that he needs to leave his current location because the campground owners wife is spending too much time at his site. She likes to talk to him and they sometimes talk until almost midnight. He tells me this is creating a "problem" with the woman's husband. Twice I say that I hope he considers my park when making his decision and to have a nice day. He keeps confiding his life story. I will summarize........... He is love with the woman and she loves him. Her husband abuses her and they have been married for 4 years. This is her second marriage. She is independently wealthy and holds a masters degree and wants to move to Montana with him and teach at a college. She won't leave her husband. He really loves her and doesn't know what she sees in him. This happens to him all the time, he doesn't know why, but women are just attracted to him. I am standing and listening and wishing he will leave, so I take this opportunity to inject a comment, "I don't want to burst your bubble, but I feel the need to tell you that I am not attracted to you in the least." He keeps talking, proclaiming his love for this woman and wondering what she sees in an old pipe-liner like him.



The birthday boy had gone to fill a prescription and run a couple of errands, so I was alone. Never felt uneasy; just a little annoyed and appalled. Thank the goodness the phone rang and I bid him a good day again. I talked to a recording and pretended to take a reservation so that he would leave!

18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

whew...some people just need to know when to stop...lol. i would have talked to a recording or texted someone to call me...lol.

luksky said...

LOL!! Sounds like he just needed an "ear" or he liked to tell tall tales...or either was on the scout for another campground mistress.

ellen abbott said...

Maybe he thought you could convince his lady love to run away with him.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

oh, how funny - probably not so when you were stuck getting an ear full though.

Karen said...

I'll bet you meet all kinds in your line of business! My gosh... Why would he think you'd want to know all that??? lol

lovelyprism said...

Oh this is a good one, made me laugh out loud. Maybe this happens to him all the time and the woman stays at his place too late because HE won't SHUT UP!

jojo said...

Yikes! But I am sure you meet all kinds in your business...talk, talk, talk..;p

squawmama said...

YUPPER he was kinda freaky... Glad he left and hope he doesn't come back... You just don't tell your life story to people you don't know... WAIT isn't that what we do??? ☺☺☺ Have a good day my friend!
Donna

Nancy said...

You really can get some strange ones...

I think he was sizing up his next lady love :-)

Mamma has spoken said...

Or maybe, just maybe he thought that you might know the other couple since you both run an RV park. I know it sounds silly but I can't begin to tell you how many people have asked me if I know so and so just because we both have the same profession. I think he was fishing in hopes that you would be getting on the phone and telling them the story so that all of this story could get into the open.
That and he sounds lonely. The time you spent with him made his day.

Sanetha said...

I used to have a sign at the entrance to our property that had a toy gun on it that said: "We don't call 911." Don't know how many weirdos were deterred by that sign, by it made me feel safer! Creepy oddballs in this world!

scarlethue said...

I so love that you told him you weren't attracted to him!

My husband's best friend is married to a woman like this... it's terrible.

Rae said...

You are right. That was too much information. He needs to find another outlet for activity when he off work. I am not sure that I would want him hanging around. You may have him for company too often.

Katy said...

How can this kind of thing "always happen" to him? How many independently wealthy, emotionally abused wives does one run across on a daily basis? Maybe if he would shut up and just read a book every night after work he could manage to avoid falling in love with unavalible women. Just a thought.

Jo said...

I have a feeling he was telling a "tall tale". He probably hit on the woman all the time, and got kicked out of the campsite for doing so. Sometimes the male ego can't take a bashing. My guess is to keep your distance from him.

And P.S. Happy Birthday to the love of your life. I miss your last post...!

Cheers,

Jo

Sandi McBride said...

Sounds more like he's having having a love affair with his own self image than another man's wife...wonder who does the leading in that one...probably him and he imagines that he's so well loved...nothing like a pin to prick a huge balloon of an ego...wish yours had been a tad sharper, lol!
Sandi

otin said...

And that is why dealing with the general public really sucks!

Pat said...

I agree with Rae. You might not want this guy around YOUR campground. Although how can you turn him away? Good luck with this one! You certainly meet all kinds of people, don't you?