November 05, 2007

100 lbs

It has been said that I'm a bit mule headed. I don't agree. Not at all.

I do admit, there are the rare instances when I refuse to bend, but most times, I'm as easy going as they get. Really. I did have a small bout with a flare up of stubbornosity today, though.

I had to pick up some packages from UPS. One was merely awkward, and two were kinda awkward, and "heavy," according to the woman behind the counter. She went and got a guy to help me.


So I get the stuff out to the vehicle, and the guy looks at me, and tells me, "You're a pretty big guy, but you'll probably need some help with those. They're heavy." I guess the look I shot him, which was merely a friendly "I'm sorry... I didn't hear you very well, my friend. It's heavy, you say" look, sent him away, because he stepped back and shut up. Lord knows, that's not what I was trying to do. I just wanted to make sure that he really doubted my capabilities in picking up these boxes.

So I brace myself for the worst, grab a hold of the first box, and heave. I damn near hit myself in the face with it. "That box weighs 100 pounds..."

A hundred pounds? I look like I need help picking up 100 pounds? Me, who was carrying three 50 lb bags of feed on his shoulders when he was 14? Who used to lift four hundred pound roll heads from the floor to a table top?

A touch of crabbiness almost overtook me. But, being the incredibly easy going guy that I am, I merely smiled, and tossed those boxes all over the place, taking care to show the nice man that 100 lbs is really not that much.

Perhaps, I went a bit overboard.

I'm about to remind myself how a nice, hot shower relieves a tightening back...

Posted by That 1 Guy at November 5, 2007 07:26 PM | TrackBack

Advil and beer, Dude... Advil and beer...

Posted by: Richmond at November 5, 2007 07:46 PM

Welcome to your forties!

Posted by: Jerry at November 6, 2007 12:52 AM


Posted by: Niki at November 6, 2007 09:24 AM

See that is what you get for trying to impress you boyfriend at UPS.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at November 6, 2007 11:25 AM

QW beat me to it.

As for the 100lb thing... there is a limit for UPS boxes I think it's something like 40 or 45 pounds. After that they charge you extra and 2 people do the lifting. (I suppose that lifting hundreds of them daily would get to be a bit too much).

That's why they kept on about how "heavy" it was. Not because you looked like you couldn't move it. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at November 6, 2007 01:38 PM

The weight isn't the only property that makes hard to pick up, of course - you didn't say how big around it was. I assume not very, but it is a factor.

And you shouldn't show off for your boyfriend.
*runs away quickly*

Posted by: Barb at November 6, 2007 04:24 PM

The only way that could have been funnier was if they got some big bull dyke to come out and lift the widdle boxes for you...

Posted by: zonker at November 6, 2007 06:24 PM

In the engine maintenance world, any maintenance task that requires a tool that weighs over 75lb requires two people. (Yes we have tools that weight over 75lb.)

The average person thinks that 100 lb is heavy. ;-) The average person over 40 KNOWS it. heh heh heh...

I'm thinking you should splurge for one of those massages where small women walk barefoot on your back!

Posted by: Bou at November 6, 2007 07:04 PM

Z-man... try as hard as you like, you won't get me to pinch your nipples and ask you to wrassle.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at November 6, 2007 08:02 PM

Dayum. Whose leg do I have to break to get some attention around here?

Posted by: zonker at November 6, 2007 08:14 PM

Copious amounts of whiskey works too.
Gone are the days of me slinging feed bags, bales of hay and heaping piles of manure in a wheel barrow. Any type of physical labor like that now has me becoming a whiney little bitch from the pain.

Posted by: Maeve at November 7, 2007 07:59 PM

oh yes, the bull dykes like him, I've seen it first hand....although he did score a lot of Guiness from that bartender. Work it Daddy.

Posted by: cuzzie at November 8, 2007 03:39 PM

Did Bou just offer to walk on T1G's back naked?

Posted by: Ogre at November 9, 2007 08:00 AM