Sunday, July 26, 2009

Russian To Judgement

A few years ago, I sold my company to a Pasadena based high tech firm and relocated to the LA area. In the lobby of the building where I worked, there was a little lunch concession, where each day I would run down to order a sandwich and occasionally chat with the Russian immigrant who ran it.

One day I happened to complain about the intelligence of some of my co-workers. I don't remember what I said, but it wasn't too flattering. Something about them being stupid retarded dead heads. But I really don't remember.

So my Russian friend turns to me and says "You mean people on the east coast are different than here?" I smiled, and said "yes, where I came from, the folks around here would be considered lunch."

He thought for a second and then said "you know, I have been here for over 10 years, and I have never been outside of California. I just thought all Americans were idiots."

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