This is a true story.

I recently met a gentleman who hauls trash for a living. Well, not trash per se, but junk. He hauls junk for a living.

He showed up to haul away an old couch of mine, and while his partner fiddled with some paperwork, he asked me, “So what do you do?”

I get this question a lot, and since I do so many things within Solidus, unless someone is genuinely interested in everything I do, I usually answer simply, “I’m a proofreader.” So that’s what I told this gentleman.

“A proofreader?” he replied.

“Yes, a proofreader.”

“Whazzat?” was his response.

“You’ve never heard of proofreading?”

He shook his head.

“Well, I read through and find errors in copy.”

This seemed to turn on a dim bulb over his head. “Oh, you make copies?”

“No, I read through copy. You know? Like text?”

“Oh,” he nodded sagely. “You send texts?”

(I know how this sounds, but this was the actual conversation.)

“No, no,” I said patiently. “Um … you know how when you’re reading a book?”

He nodded, but without conviction.

“And sometimes you find a typo?”

He nodded again. “So you type books?”

Was he only hearing the last word of every sentence?

I was starting to think the couch would never be hauled away, so I said, “Forget it. I’m an anthropologist.”

“Oh,” he said. Then after a pause: “Good money in that?”

By Steve Boudreault



10/30/2014 12:27am

The conversation is really hilarious and it made me laugh. But im not sure if it reflected the innocence of the person or what, however he was really sounding innocent and yes in a practical situation, maybe, irritating too.

03/20/2015 3:27pm

This seemed to turn on a dim bulb over his head. “Oh, you make copies?”

“No, I read through copy. You know? Like text?”

“Oh,” he nodded sagely. “Y

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