My girlfriend works a later shift and often times, she and her co-workers bring in food or order it in. Potlucks, or Thai food, that sort of thing. Well, today, they had spam and eggs.
You read that right – not ham and eggs but spam and eggs. I said to her “Uh, you do know what I do for a living, right?” It’s still a somewhat new relationship and she doesn’t grasp the gravity of my personal awesomeness. She knows I work at Microsoft and that I hold some geeky job but doesn’t remember exactly what it is I do. In response to the question she looked at me quizzically and I could tell she didn’t know (I’m great at reading facial expressions). I answered my own question. “I kill spam for a living!”
I had to explain to her that because of my anti-spam nature, I cannot even eat the canned food product made by the Hormel company. The term spam has such a negative connotation that I cannot stomach the thought of eating SPAM. I have conditioned myself to have negative associations with it and now am unable to separate the email annoyance from the food product. I realize now that it is on my list of banned foods (along with kimchi, sauerkraut and milkshakes from Tech City Bowling).
She didn’t quite get that. It takes a certain frame of mind to see things the way I do.