Wait . . don’t answer that question! 🙂
Vince is normally . . I wouldn’t say quiet but he isn’t as likely to strike up a conversation with strangers as I am. We hadn’t been dating long and we were in a crowded restaurant in south Louisiana where people are pretty friendly. I struck up a conversation with the people in line behind us and they ended up sitting at our table and the next day we met them at the Crawfish Festival and had lunch with them there. Vince said he had never known anyone who would just strike up a conversation with strangers. He no longer is shocked that I will talk to anyone anywhere.
Friday I was going to the grocery store and I told him . . if there’s anything you’re going to want from the store between now and about December 28, please let me know so I can get it because I don’t want to have to go out again. Nope, didn’t need a thing. I wondered how long it would be before we had to go out! Saturday morning! First thing Saturday morning:
Vince: I wish I had asked you to get stuff to make hot dogs.
Me: We’ll go to the store again towards the end of next week.
Vince: I really want a hot dog.
Me: We can go to Sonic.
Vince: No . . I want to make hot dogs at home.
Me: But we can’t . . we have no wieners.
Before the day was over, we went to the grocery store. Kroger had Angus Rib Roasts on sale and even though I had already bought one, I wanted another. I love prime rib and cooked at home is the best . . at least the best I can get around here.
Vince was doing his usual up and down every aisle shopping so I headed back to the meat department. They only had one roast out and it didn’t have much marbling so I asked the meat guy if they had more. He told me he would have to cut some and off he went. In the meantime, a lady, holding the one rib roast, walked up. By now, Vince is back.
Lady: Have you seen the meat guy?
Me: He went to cut some more rib roasts.
Lady: Are you getting one?
Me: Yes, I just wanted one with more marbling.
Lady: I need a larger one. Do you know how many this will serve?
Me: Typically, you figure two people per rib but if you have big eaters, add a few ribs.
Lady: How do you cook it?
Me: We like ours medium rare so we season it and cook at 500º for about 5 minutes per pound, then leave it in the oven with the oven off for about an hour and a half.
She repeated all that to me. I explained that I wasn’t sure how this would work if she was getting a really big roast . . I usually cook one with 2 or 3 ribs.
Then Vince and I walked off and I decided I’d do what I said I would never do and buy some frozen shrimp because Christmas Eve just isn’t Christmas Eve without shrimp gumbo. I got the shrimp, grabbed a tub of crabmeat and here’s the same lady again.
Lady: Excuse me . . but what do you have in your hand?
Lady: What are you going to do with that?
Me: Make a gumbo?
Lady: Do you think it would be good for crabcakes?
Me: I’ve never really made crabcakes so I can’t tell you.
Lady: So, you’re making gumbo??
As I quickly walked away, Vince said “What was that all about? I thought she was going to ask you to come to her house and cook!” I told him that I thought maybe we both look like we eat a lot of good food so we would be good ones to ask about cooking!
I wonder what Vince would do if strangers struck up a conversation with him. Probably the same thing he does when I try to strike up a conversation with him! 🙂
I chat with people too, got to do something to pass the time when waiting in line or in a doctor’s office, etc. 😉
I have to say…my husband is a lot like Vince at the grocery store. We’re both in the military, so we do our shopping and a good deal of our cooking on the weekends together so we can spend quality time.
It’s just the two of us, and our cooking doesn’t usually include breakfasts, but we still somehow end up spending an hour and a half at the store for two people! I can do it by myself in half that or less. *sigh*
I love my husband, but he makes me want to strangle him at the store! No, honey, we don’t need to just go look at this.
It doesn’t help that he’s an anti-list person (mostly because it means work before hand) so I’m just screaming with frustration when we get to the checkout at the end…
Denise :) says
You know, I am a typical introvert . . . except in the grocery store. I will strike up conversations with people — ask them what they’re looking for (like I’m a store employee or something), ask them what they’re planning on using a particular item for, etc. It’s crazy. Something about the grocery store! But I don’t think I’m quite to your level! LOL! 🙂
And did you get hot dogs? Now I’m wondering what Vince does when you try to strike up a conversation with him. =) Paul used to say I should take the sign off my head – the one that says, “Talk to me, I’m interested!” LOL
Teresa in Music City says
Of course not!!! I’m a definite introvert who has learned to overcome my shyness somewhat over the years. I always admire people like yourself who can just talk to anyone and not bat an eyelash. We followers obviously enjoy your style of talking freely, right? It’s a gift – enjoy it!
Both my husband and I will talk to strangers, it sure helps to pass the time will waiting in lines and we’ve met some really neat people and yes a few strange ones. Actually thinking about it he tends to connect more with the strange ones lol.
wanda ll says
Well Judy Vince and my hubby would get along just great. Hot dogs are one of my hubbies favorite foods.He could eat them daily if I would let him then he wonders why he has heart problems. All that processed meat isn’t good for anyone . I don’t buy much of it anymore to keep around here. When I do I try to do the kosher meat less junk in it. Hubbie doesn’t like it as well but either that or nothing.
Now hubbie tells people he can’t go anywhere with me that I don’t find someone to talk to. Like you I help people in the grocery store all the time.Some man generally looking for something he can’t find( wife ask him to pick up). Now if she is like me I could tell you exactly what isle and shelf. That is if they haven’t moved it within the last 2 months.
As for me you never can talk to write to much. I miss my emails on your county life,chicken and house remodels. You life is what I wish everyone could and would have. Just enough of everything they might need and want.
Life is in Texas is grand if we slow down and live it. Merry Christmas to you all.
totally off topic, but are you going to do a final linkup for the 2013 mystery medallion? can’t wait for tell it to the stars!
Sue K says
Keep talking – I love every word!
Kay L Ford-Sollimo says
Would you like me to get another prime rib roast for you at our local ShopRite? They are on sale for $4.99/lb. The Angus is $6.99/lb. This is central NJ.
Cindy F says
I admire your ability to talk to anyone as I am an introvert. Over the years I’ve learned to be less so, but it’s not natural and sometimes I really notice how hard it is. My husband is also an introvert but lives in an extrovert world so sometimes he comes home and is all talked out and a quiet evening is a real quiet evening!
LOL – I think it may be a quilter thing, Judy. An old love of mine used to work in a lumber mill here. He said I amazed him that I could talk to all his friends, people on the street, and the university president I worked for with the same ease. He was like a deer in the headlights if someone tried to strike up a conversation with him. While I’m not always the one to start the conversation, if flows out of me fairly easily once the ice is broken.
Brandy M says
LOL – cracks me up! I’m also more talkative than my DH is. I hope I’m not obnoxious in the eyes of others…
Dana Pellerin says
The gift of gab is a wonderful thing. You will be blessed with many friends some of whom you don’t even remember but you can be sure they will remember the nice lady the met in the grocery store. Keep on talking.
i’m intrigued with your way of cooking prime rib and have heard a similar method for turkey. i have an electric oven and am concerned about trying it because my oven turns on a fan the minute i turn it off. i’m assuming it’s to vent the heat (it’s a wall unit) and i’ve thot there wouldn’t be residual heat to continue the cooking process. does your oven have this type of fan? or anyone else care to input?