Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hot Behind

In culinary school, “hot behind!” is short for “hey, I’m behind you with a pot of boiling water; one false move and I’ll scald your entire body.” We each probably say it 10 times a day in our school kitchen, and it’s become habit for me.

Yesterday, in Whole Foods, I discovered that it isn’t so much of a habit for everyone.

I hereby apologize to the startled woman in the fruit area who thought I was making encouraging comments about her physique – really I just had a huge handful of stuff. I didn’t know what to say, or how to explain, so I just ran away. I’m hoping she took it as a compliment.

9 Comments:

Blogger MM said...

ROFL. That is hilarious. In Chinese restaurant it is kinda similar. In my family place, the waiters et al would shout "Hot ah!" to get peeps to move out of their way. Even if they were carrying a large bag of potatoes. But yeah, it must be very disturbing to people unfamiliar with this trait. LOL.

1:02 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

I'm laughing so hard.

If I had been the woman at Whole Paycheck, I would've said, 'Thanks!'. Tee hee.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

That is hilarious Mebeth. I can't believe you said that. Had that been me I woulda been like, "Ya think so? Geez thanks!"

2:47 PM  
Blogger LIAM!! said...

....I've actually been talking about people's asses. Color me embarrassed.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

oh my (liam!)...beth, i too have taken up that habit! and in a crowded Barnes and Noble no less!

had to get the heck out of there before i got slapped or some beefy boyfriend came around the corner.

1:19 AM  
Blogger s'kat said...

Oh, that's awesome! You should have played it off, and not broken eye contact!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

Too funny! Hey, you coulda been saying worse things...

5:21 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

I said a version of that just the other day, at Trader Joe's. And when one is speaking kitchen lingo, there's no need to be polite, the point is to be heard. I, too, left quickly and didn't look back!

1:23 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one that's done this!!

(And Liam, thanks!)

8:01 AM  

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