Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Did I?

A friend and I were walking downtown around lunch time the other day when an ambulance from another county pulled over to the side of the road. A paramedic leaned out of the passenger window and asked for directions. I was, of course, happy to help.

Paramedic: Is this road the best way to get back to the Interstate?

Me: Yeah, just go up three blocks and left at the light. You'll see the signs.

Paramedic: Thanks! Oh, and where's the best place to get lunch down here?

Me: Well, you're downtown so just about anywhere. But it's busy, so you'll probably have better luck parking your rig if you take the next exit off the highway and go someplace further North.

Paramedic: Great, thank you!

And off they drove.

Me: Hmmm, he was kind of cute.

My friend: Excuse me, did you just say "rig" [full on air quotes]?

Me: What? Did I?

My friend: Uhh, yeah, breaker one nine, ya did!

Me: ...


adam said...

There is nothing wrong with saying "rig" when the vehicle is large and can be used for more than just transportation. It just seems like a strange word because you have been in the city for too long! You or at least your friend have become citified! (Recall your recent surprise at seeing a parked tractor)

My brother is a firefighter/paramedic and he uses the word "rig" to describe the ambulance. I am sure those guys didn't even blink when you said "rig"!

e.b. said...

Nice. I honestly don't think rig would come to mind. But you seemed to have used it with style and grace.

GirlGoyle said...

You just call it as you see it. It's not a car...it's not a truck...it's not a bullet....it's not superman...it's a rig!

Bre said...

Hmmm, that is what I call them!!

Next time you flirt with the cute EMT, pretend to be short of breath and ask him for a little respiration assistance... ;)

Dawn said...

Sounds like he was trying to make the convo last longer...too bad he didn't get the digits.

Sizzle said...

you can't help how hip you are. ;)

Joe said...

Haha, you said "rig"!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He probably figured that rig was the official name for ambulance in your county. He'll be calling it that next time he comes around.

Nicole said...

I think it is time to call 911 and get the nice looking guy back. BTW who cares if you say rig - its charming.

Celina said...

Down around these parts rig doesn't need to be in "" because it's just a regular word! :) And, I'm all about the hottie EMT--y'all should've invited him to lunch WITH you!!

egan said...

Rubber ducky, rubber ducky.. we have a lost paramedic heading your way.... copy that? Over.

Shouldn't they have navigation systems or something?