Monday, July 21, 2008

Late night snack?

Warning: If you are eating right now, finish up and then read. If you are hungry, you won't be in minute. If you are dieting, just remember this story the next time you are craving a late night snack.


Consider yourselves warned. I'm not kidding. You think I'm kidding? Well, keep eating and let me know what happens.


Last week while waiting in line at a fan fest to get an NHL game-used-hockey stick (that my husband bought for me) autographed by my favorite Washington Capitals hockey player that used the stick, (I told you I loved sports.) I struck up a conversation with the woman in front of me. We hit it off right away, and it made the two hour wait more bearable (not a word people, not a word). She was very interesting, was huge hockey fan, worked in production for Discovery TV, lived on Capitol Hill, wasn't married and was 36. Normal enough. So as we were talking, I noticed that she kept putting her finger in her ear, then kind of balling the wax up between two fingers and putting it her pocket. What is she doing? She did not do what I think she just did? Don't gag, don't flinch, don't let on that you noticed. Please say that didn't just happen. Lovely thoughts, think lovely thoughts, Debbie: the smell of Tide, a glass of wine, the yummy lunch I was going to eat. Oh don't think of that when you just watched someone who was saving ear wax for, what, a late night snack?

Then it happened.

In a move that will forever be burned into my mind's eye. An image I will never shake.

She took her index finger, scooped something out of her ear and popped it in her mouth.

Oh, yes she did.

All while looking straight at me.

It took everything in me to pretend I didn't notice and even more restraint not to scrunch up my face in horror and yell, "EWWWWW, that's so disgusting. What's wrong with you? " Instead, I was stunned. I didn't throw up in my mouth like I wanted to. I didn't laugh. I didn't gag. I didn't scream. I couldn't think. I didn't do anything. I just kept talking. Certainly this had to be a joke. No one does that. Oh, okay I get it. Where's Ashton and the Punk'd cameras? Surely they were about to arrive, right? Nope. Nothing. Instead, she was all la di da continuing the conversation as. if. nothing. had. happened.

Then it all sunk in.

I just witnessed a 36 year old woman eat ear wax. For real.

And now that I've typed those words,

I think I'm gonna be sick.

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62 Comments:

RJN said...

I am so glad I did not know that while I was talking to her in line. Ugh I really don't feel very good.

"The Man"

veronica said...

Okay, did not need to read this! Too much information!! Please tell me you did not continue to talk with her! That is totally repulsive!

Debbie said...

V--

I know I know...But yes, I had to keep talking to her. That was so early in the wait, and I had two hours to go.

Lula! said...

No. Words.

I know, RIGHT?

I am stunned.

Steph said...

as my 11 year old likes to say....that is just so wrong on so many levels!
maybe you didn't, but I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Lauren W said...

Wow... ummm... gross.
Don't they have some sort of therapy or something for these kinds of situations?

Katy Lin :) said...

o.m.w. i think i did throw up in my mouth a little bit - ewwww!

Bobbi said...

Gross, gross, triple gross!

Emily said...

That is so sick. Sorry you had to witness it. EW! What WAS she thinking.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I guess that explains the not married part.

Kat said...

They say it takes all types. Do you think they meant to include the ear wax eaters? Ewww...

Kathi said...

Ewwwww!

Wouldn't it be funny if she was a fellow blogger and read about herself on your blog!

Midwest Mommy said...

I don't know what to think. Was she saving some for later in her pocket? And then to eat some! OMG, OMG, OMG! That is all I can say.

Karen said...

Yuck!!!

Just before the recent Australian elections, a video surfaced, that clearly shows Kevin Rudd, who is now Prime Minister of Aussie, picking his ear then eating the ear wax, during question time in Parliament.

The news shows had a lot of fun with the incident ....

And I fully understand you standing in line for 2 hours ... I'd totally do the same too, if it was my favourite Nascar driver or one of the All Blacks.

Jenni said...

Thanks for sharing that lovely image - that is now forever stuck in MY mind!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

LOL...some habits never die...DH saw a grown man pick his nose and then nibble on his finger at a shopping mall in Iowa...I'm glad I didn't see it...I probalby would have puked...ewwww

Elena said...

I am sitting here laughing my head off all while trying not to visualize it so I don't dry heave. That is just WRONG!! WHY on earth would ANYONE do something like that? That reminds me of this exchange student girl in one of my college classes (yes COLLEGE) that would sit and eat her boogers the entire class. It was awful if you were late and got stuck sitting by her. Ugghhhh....some people...

Mama Dawg said...

I haven't even eaten anything in the past 3 hours and I still feel like I wanna throw up. That's just gross.

Jaci said...

Who would think to put their ear wax in their pocket...let alone...nevermind. I can't go on. I'm feeling a little pukey. :P

Amy said...

Oh how disgusting! She actually was getting enough out to save some and then to eat some? Uughh!
Some people are totally gross.

Kelly said...

Ok Ashton HAD to be somewhere........

Suzanne said...

.....and that is why she's not married.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Trish said...

Oh that is sooooo nasty. I'm just gonna vomit a little right nere.

I have not stood in line for two hours for something for a very long time! I think the last time I did it was fpr a photo op w/ Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales fame.

Yeah that's good stuff.

Meagan said...

My kids don't even do that! That is absolutely disgusting!

EEEEMommy said...

I have never in my life heard of such a thing. It's no wonder she isn't married.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Too bad you didn't have some q tips handy!

Caroline said...

As someone who doesn't eat earwax, I can still tell you that I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be tasty. That is so gross. Why? Maybe she was just looking for some kind of reaction from you. Normal people just don't do that.

Gina said...

EEW. EEW. EEW. EEW. EEW.



I fixed my typo for you. If it wasn't for spell check I wouldn't be nearly as smart as I am. Can you beleive that it doesn't spell check titles, though?

RJN said...

Maybe it was really an M&M? Or a Tic Tac? I need some other image.

Audrey said...

It's tough to ignore things that others do. At least you'll never have to see her or be with her again. Ug!!!!

Swirl Girl said...

Hey- give her a break. Times are hard and a gals gotta get a snack when she can! And rents on Capitol Hill are astonomical.

EEEEWWWW!

Missy said...

Let's hope that it was just an ear-wax colored tic-tac, and she'd put the ball-o'-ear wax in the other pocket. At least that's what I would have told myself so I could keep breathing!

Katie Says said...

OHMYGOODNESS. That is disgusting. I think I would have started laughing and asked her if she was serious??! WHO does that? haha!

Kelly said...

Have mercy.

I find it odd enough that she would even stick her finger in her ear in the middle of a conversation with a stranger, and she went downhill from that behavior. Ugh!

veronica said...

Okay so the more I started thinking about this today and that I so didn't need to hear this! I demand that the guest blogger come back if this is what you are writing about now!!! hee,hee

Melissa Lester said...

Oh, my. I have never, ever heard of anyone doing this. You must be amazingly cool, calm and collected to continue the coversation.

Jennifer P. said...

Hmmm.....I don't think I'll ever be hungry again. Ever.

I've seen people cleaning their ears with their car keys before--but no one actually sampling the fruits of their labor.

Bluck Debbie!

At least we know why she's not married!

Jennifer P. said...

Wait a minute!--maybe WE are the clueless ones. My kids had some of those Harry Potter Jelly Bellies and one of the flavors was earwax. It was their second favorite--right behind grass. Maybe we're missing out?

HappyHourSue said...

Gnarly!!!! There are some things you can never "un-see". But, mystery of why she's not married: SOLVED!!!

Blarney said...

YUCK! You know they get together on reunions and have everyone do it as a contest. YUCK!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Piggy said...

I remember my parents telling us that eating ear wax makes a person become mute. I have no idea what led them to bring that up, but is it a common enough occurrence for a parent to have to make up stories to prevent their kids from eating ear wax?

Susie Harris said...

Ok I think I just puked a little... Gross.. What was up with that... See thats why I dont like to touch things in public... like buggies... other peoples hands... Germ X.... Girlfriend...Germ X.... Ok so much for that evening drive to Sonic for a blast... Thanks.. you just saved me some calories, Susie h~

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

Way, way too unbelievable. I think I would have had to change spots in line. No matter how nice she may have seemed before the wretched 'incident.'

Kimba said...

I'm speechless.

And nauseous.

Tam said...

OK YOU are where??? DC??? I am trying to think of the worst thing I ever saw in DC....NOPE you win! YOU totally win.

Rhea said...

That's unique. I gotta admit, I'm impressed she did it right in front of you. Got to admire her balls...get it, balls?! Balls of wax? hahaha

I've got to laugh or I'm gonna cry. That's sooo disgusting.

This Mom said...

YUCK, YUCK, YUCK GROSS> AND EEeewwww. I don't even know what else to say.

Thanks for thinking my blog update was cute. I did it all by myself.

Gramma 2 Many said...

YUK!!!

Michelle said...

EWWWWW! I sorta get the unconscious habit of cleaning ear wax. And I was actually going to defend her for not littering her personal yuck on the floor and instead throwing it out properly when she got a chance. Now I'm feeling sick.

Jenkins said...

That has to be one of the most disgusting things I have heard in a long time. I want to feel sorry for her but I am too sick.
Help! She needs an intervention, quickly...or a Costco supply of Q-tips.

Heather said...

OH MY STARS! ohmystarsohmystarsohmystars....

I have no words. Well, except for two. That's disgusting and yes, I'm glad I'm just drinking coffee and not eating breakfast yet. What is that? Is that obsessive compulsive? I'm digging around in my old psych classes.

MB said...

Oh my word. I didn't just read this. I didn't just read this. ACK!!! How did you not say anything or at least, I don't know, PUKE?? UGH!!!

Kimberly said...

If you could only see the look of horror and disgust that is all over my face right now. Can you say EWWWWW!!!
I won't even stand that kind of behavior from children. Ewww!!!

My3sons said...

that's bad. I've seen worse but will spare you the details. I still gag when i think of it.

Megan B said...

No way. Nasty.

Jennifer P. said...

I'm still not certain what it is I'm looking for, but I'm sure I'd want one :)!

Lee Ann said...

I don't think we have to wonder why THIS one isn't married. I think even guys would find that just gross!

Christine said...

ok, really - i just threw up in my mouth. didn't think that i possibly could want to be sick that bad since i had morning sickness. still have a very very bad feeling in the back of my throat that i may actually be sick still...

Britt said...

....well I'm really glad I have extra mommy free time to catch up on your blog.

Because where else can I find a story like that?!?

She was single you say, hm? And I thought my mom and I were the only ones who met people like that! :o)

Nikki said...

ummm...gross!

HeathahLee said...

AHAHAHAHAHA!!! You have GOT to be kidding!!! BLECHHHHHHH!!!

Louisa said...

That is DISGUSTING! I am so glad you put the food disclaimer in there. I had just finished lunch and didn't think it could possibly be that bad. I was wrong. So wrong! GROSSSSSSSS!