Friday, January 4, 2008


I don't really care much for most of the guards at work. They seem either too crabby or too self-important or both. But there is one older man, Leo, whom I've always liked. He's friendly and has a wealth of stories. He took this job in retirement to give him something to do after working at the brewery most his life. We usually exchange pleasantries as I head out the door three nights a week.

As I was leaving last night, I couldn't shake the feeling like I was forgetting something.

Did I leave my cell phone on my desk? No, I had that. I went over my mental checklist and couldn't find anything missing.

I passed the guards' desk and turned to say good night to Leo.

"You look like you've forgotten something!" He warned.

"I feel like I forgot something!! How did you know that?!" I replied.

"You just have that look on your face like. Bill, in there, he always has that look because he forgets his cell phone. Do you have yours?"

"That's what I thought I was missing, but I grabbed it!" I was astonished.

"Well, you just make sure you didn't forget anything and have a great night!" Leo said with a wave.

I waved back and told him to have a great night, too.

Either he can read minds, or he's really good at his job.


Life As I Know It said...

Aw, what a nice guy!

So...did you forget anything?

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

That guy is a keeper! Isn't it bizarre when we're shocked by people that actually go out of their way to do their job?

Brillig said...

So, did you find what you'd forgotten?

Leo sounds fantastic. I'd be careful, though... what if he CAN read minds? You'll have to keep your thoughts in check as you're coming and going...

Worker Mommy said...

I'm so laughing at Brill...what if he can read minds... better keep it clean !

Have a groovy weekend!

Miss Patti said...

That is really crazy. Did you really forget anything?

Carla Stream said...

I really like that Leo!!

MommasWorld said...

Sounds like he really knows how to read people. That would make him pretty good at his job.

Nice to have a friendly face at the end of the day too.

Virtualsprite said...

I love nice co-workers. The ones who honestly care about the human condition. Especially security guards, because, man... some of those guys are on a serious power trip.

Did you ever figure out what you forgot?

Whiskeymarie said...

I'm convinced that it's the security guards and janitors of the world that really control things.
They always seem to know instinctively what is going on in every situation.

Well, that and they have the keys to everything.

Canadian flake said...

so did you figure out what you forgot???

exskindiver said...

it is nice that you connect with people. i bet leo appreciates it too.
you are nice.