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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-30-2009 05:42 AM 1692 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Tongue Is Just Long Enough to Hang Me

I was looking at a job tonight and a family member of the potential client stopped by. I kind of know the family and the visitor as well.

I recognized the lady but could not remember her name. I said “Oh HI! I haven’t seen you for a while. Oh and you’re having another kid?”


This is not good when you are trying to sell a job.

Share the Love~Share the Embarrassment

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 05:46 AM

Been there, done that, still embarrassed, to this day, when I meet the lady.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 05:47 AM

Ouch. Luckily I didn’t have to learn it the hard way, but I never assume a woman until she starts talking about it!

Man, I feel all embarrassed and I didn’t do it!

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 05:49 AM

You really can’t recover from that one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 05:57 AM

OUCH…I agree…I didnt say it and I feel bad…sorry todd…the ironic thing is that you are the kindest person and you meant it from kindness…even though it is one of those moments you wish you could hit re-wind and then delete on…

I bet you get the job!


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#5 posted 10-30-2009 06:00 AM

Rut row Shaggy

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 06:01 AM

A little context for my mindset: Rita and I just had a baby grandson born yesterday. This makes our 7th grandchild.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 06:12 AM

hey…now that is GREAT congrats…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 06:22 AM

I told this woman I met, that I had gone to school with her brother. She said that’s ”My Dad”!

I never live that one down. :(

By the way, we just had our third Great Grandson last month.

Congratulations Todd.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 06:39 AM

Been there done that.

Had a guy come to my house to pick up a dog house with a lady I thought was his mom. After making a remark about his Mom he informed me it was his wife. I could have crawled under my house and it was on a slab.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 06:59 AM

Congratulations on the newest addition, Todd!

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 07:09 AM

I’ve done it before. When doing an estimate on a wall of built in cabinets walking around the house with the husband I noticed a number of poorly done jobs I mean they were really bad. when I askied if this was done by the contractor he had talked about doing substandard work earlier and he said yes after going on an on about how bad this work was, his wife came out to see if we had the cabinets laid out the way she wanted and after confirming the details of the cabinets she said how did you like my husbands work listing all the things I,d spent the last 20 minutes belittling. I stammered and said yes . She said so what do you think? I said I’ve never seen anything like it before. and then made my out of there as fast as I could. I felt like my face was fire engine red. A week latter they called and wanted to proceed with the work . I was amazed.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 07:39 AM

Wow Todd…..thats a rough one. Once you pull that pin, good luck getting it back in before the grenade explodes!
About 20 years ago when I was a cable TV contractor, and before the proliferation of cordless tools, I had just got done drilling a hole in a customers house for an install and was chatting with the very attractive homeowner. As I was talking to her I was winding the cord up on my drill and the heavy, molded plug end whipped around and nailed me right in the …...uh, tenderest of regions lets say…at a fairly high rate of speed. The hit was enough to stop me in the middle of the conversation and bend at the waist. When I finally looked up, she was standing there with her hand over her mouth and was saying “are you alright?” I just said “oh, ya I’m fine (and any guys reading this know I wasn’t fine) and went out to my truck and just laid down in the back for like 10 minutes. The worst part was as I walked out of the house and down the driveway I could hear her burst out into laughter as I did my shuffle of shame down her driveway to my truck…

Congrats on the grandkid..I still say you don’t look anything like a grandpa!


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#13 posted 10-30-2009 08:43 AM

Congratulations..grandpa! Another wee one to build nifty little goodies for.

A few years back, I was having lunch at the local diner and one of my female colleagues came in with a much older gentleman. On my way out I stopped by to say Howdy and asked if she would introduce me to her father (pointing at said older man). She politely introduced me to her husband!! Talk about hoof in mouth disease!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#14 posted 10-30-2009 09:45 AM

my wife did the same thing to a friend of hers at walmart, even rubbed her tummy. I still chuckle every time we go to walmart. I always rub the watermelons when we go past them. (and get a dirty look LOL). congrats on the other grandchild, we have two and they are great, I get to watch them alot since my heart trouble but they are just now starting to walk so I can keep up pretty good. David we could make some money if we invented a cord blocker, I have done that so many times.

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#15 posted 10-30-2009 10:46 AM

congrats on the grand baby,,,,,,,I thought I was the only one that did stuff like that….asked a new client if they had any names picked out for the baby and she said what baby….oh well live and learn…maybe???

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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