This past weekend I’m in the middle of my normal Sunday routine, which is to say I’m making the 5th of 8 trips to Lowe’s, and something shocking happened…. let me set the stage.
As it was Sunday, I was in my normal Sunday best. Ripped jeans, long johns, John Deere cap, and really muddy boots. Seriously, I don’t just dress up like this for pictures, I look like this every weekend.
Sometimes I vary the color of my long johns just to keep things interesting.
Back to my story.
I’m perusing a selection of varnishes in the paint aisle when a man approaches me. Lot’s of men approach me in Lowe’s and usually say something like “did you know your jeans have holes in them?” or “are you doing that all by yourself?” I refrain from sarcastic comments about the invisible friend I have helping me by giving these fine gentlemen a look I like to refer to as The Death Stare.
So when this guy approached me– a harassed looking man with two small kids and smears of dirt on his face– I looked away and rolled my eyes so back into my head my hat almost fell off. And then he says the unthinkable…
“You look like someone who could tell me what to use to plaster my bathroom walls… Can I just use spackling?”
I blinked seventeen times. This guy just walked up to a five foot tall girl in Lowe’s and not only did he not say something incredibly stupid, he actually asked for advice. Granted, at the time the left side of my body was covered in joint compound so the fact that I could answer that question was kind of a no-brainer, but seriously guys, would you walk up to a random girl in a home improvement store and ask her for help?
No? Well you should give it a try sometime, because I sure as hell knew the answer to that question.
Just like giving up my hours between 12:30 – 2:00 AM to write this website, helping this guy find what he needed and giving him a couple of helpful tips on how to finish his project just made my day. I may just have to change my tag line to “Empowering people to find their inner DIY badass… one project at a time.”
I’m glad he took a chance on asking this loose screw for advice.