Sunday, November 13, 2005

Creepy Situation: Averted. Thanks Mom!

The United States has an early alert system for terrorism. Terror levels are denoted by color – red is the highest, and on down from there. Towns have tornado sirens to let people know that a tornado is coming so they can prepare. My disaster alert? My mom.

Example. The other night when I was driving home, my mom called to tell me something, and as we were getting off the phone, she’s like “Don’t stop for any weirdos!” And I was like “Uh, okaaaaay.” So she tells me that apparently there’s a guy posing as a cop and pulling over young women (which I would know if I watched the news, but who needs it when I can just get the highlights from my mom, right?). So I said “Ok, mom. I won’t pull over for any cops. Only hobos.” And she’s like “What?” And I said “Hobos! Can I stop for hobos?” So she’s cracking up and is like “No. Don’t stop for anyone.” I said “What? What? I’m getting to a place where I’m going to lose you. I have to go – there’s a hobo I have to pick up.” I hung up as she was still laughing – it’s a good thing my mom understands me.

The most recent example was this morning at church. Here’s the thing – churches attract quite a cross-section of people, people who are educated, uneducated, wealthy, poor, EVERYONE is at a church. They’re there for a reason, and so it makes it difficult from the standpoint of dealing with them socially. Since I work there, it makes it even MORE difficult, because it would look so bad if one of the staff was rude or unkind to a church member.

So there’s this guy there. He’s the parent of one of the youth group kids, and he’s kind of a loner. Like I said, every church has it’s oddballs – ours is no different, and you just deal with them. But this guy? This guy creeps me out to no end. He’s one of those who doesn’t have a great amount of social skills, and is maybe not aware of the, um, level of appropriateness of certain comments. I’ll just say it – he hits on me and it freaks me out. Usually I can deal with the weirdos just fine, but there’s something about this guy that gives me the heebie jeebies. Plus, the rest of the weirdos don’t hit on me. It started about a month ago and I’ve avoided him ever since. He doesn’t seem to get it though. He hovers around outside my office, and if I’m somewhere talking to someone, he keeps walking by, trying to catch my eye. I pretend not to notice. So far, it’s worked great, especially since there is rarely a time when I’m by myself – I’m either talking to people or I have my posse of youth group kids with me. I’ve told my pastor (since she’s also my boss and I figured I should let her know) and I told my mom, since she’s there every Sunday as well. And because did I mention I’m so creeped out? Anyway.

This morning, I was sitting in my office talking to one of my girls, and my mom came in to say hi. As she was leaving, she walked through the outer office to the hallway, and I hear her say REALLY LOUDLY “HI (creepy guy’s name)! How ARE you?” I kicked my door shut, and me and my girl kept talking. Way to be mom. Thanks for the warning.

I’m not sure how long I’ll have to avoid this guy before he gets the picture. But as long as I have my protective kid force field and my early warning mom, well, I think I’ll be just fine.

20 comments:

Miladysa said...

Mothers are wonderful :)

Creepy Mister Weirdo!


(PS Re your comment - I sent you an email last week with the code - let me know if you have not received it and I shall resend.)

Romeo Jensen said...

oh oh oh... can I name this one...

howz bout

History Not Boyfriend

Hobo? That is sooo unPC
They're just work challenged

and they need a bath

So your mom gives you a...


wait for it...


Amber Alert (had to... it was just sitting there)

As to Early warning systems in Denver... do you like have a siren for when it's not snowing? I swear Denver is the Blizzard capital of the world.

Yeah you won for Queen... you can put that tierra next to your Homecoming Queen Tierra I correctly poredicted you won... I'll check my email for my confirmation Amber Homecoming queen pic

Timmortal said...

what up freak.

Sounds like your moms got your back. Thats good. My mom went to bat for me too and would let them kick me out of junior

Timmortal said...

high. I forgot to finish that comment because i just got done watching extreme makeover and I as wiping my eyes.

holla

Marie said...

I love the conversations you have with your mom. She's totally got your back! :-) And that sucks about the Creepy Weirdo guy and having to dodge him constantly. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but perhaps he will get the hint one day.

beckibee said...

maybe you could try, "It's a sin to hit on me in the church facilities. God hates that"

Cheryl said...

I hate to say but it might be a while. Guys don't accept those message well, especially creepy ones. Good thing you are well-insulated!

The Zombie Lama said...

Darn, Romeo beat me to it... ;o)

Aliecat said...

My mom always does this too me too! She's always worried that I'm going to get murdered in the big city! Ha!

Brian Gardner said...

My adivce? Buy yourself a cheap ring that looks like a wedding band. Then get a picture of a guy you know, and put it in a frame, placing it in plain view on your desk.

Jill said...

Can we call him Creepy Weirdo Guy? I kinda like that.

Stephanie said...

Amber: Is this a new job? Or the one you don't like?

I know ALL about the creepy hit-on-you-dudes at church... and it's.. a challenge for sure. Thanks for talking about the one thing I would probably never have the nerve to post about! So good for a laugh sometimes! lol

Alice said...

my mom is very useful as an alert system as well, despite some of the warnings being.. um... "overprotective" maybe? like, i'm not allowed to go scuba diving, ever, while she's alive, because she's afraid i'll get the bends. but she's just looking out for me :-)

The Husband said...

a stalker at church...thats shady. maybe you should just confront him or tell him you have a boyfriend?!?!?!?

Whinger said...

Becki and I have the Kendra alert for any news-related items. It's very handy.

The Other Half said...

i've never heard of stalkers at church...but i guess there's a first for everything!! lucky you!! ;-)~

Kendra said...

Romey should be given an award for the "Amber Alert"...that's just good stuff.

C. said...

Sounds like the theme for a new movie Amber, Fatal Attraction 2.
There are definately a lot of weirdo's out there.... love your blog by the way!

AFGUY said...

Sorry for the weirdo stalker....
Im glad you havea kid force around you. Never let your guard down around him..you never know

Chief Slacker said...

Be glad you HAVE a door. The Voice hears all conversations and joins them whether you want her to or not...