Friday, January 13, 2012

Communication Is Key

My husband and I went for a short drive the other day.  He had a prescription to pick up, and I had a couple of letters to mail.  We picked up the prescription first.  I was driving, and I thought he might want to go for a ride or do something else after we went to the post office, so I asked him which post office he wanted me to head toward.

For 35 years, he has referred to the post office on Broadway as the Broadway Post Office.  He has also referred to the post office on 35th Street and 5th Avenue as the 35th Street Post Office. For the benefit of readers who are not local, the 35th Street post office is also not far from Broadway--shall we say "off Broadway." Tee-hee.  But it is NOT, I repeat, NOT ON BROADWAY!

So he answered my question, "Broadway."  I may be mistaken, but after 35 years, I think it was entirely logical for me to assume that he meant he wanted to go to the Broadway Post Office--meaning the post office on Broadway, right?  Communication (or lack of it) is key here.

He said something about which exit he wanted me to take, and I said, "I thought you wanted to go to the Broadway Post Office?" Big mistake.  Apparently, I'm the most stupid person in the world because I didn't know that the Broadway Post Office is now the 35th Street Post Office.  After 35 years, he's decided to rename the post office on 35th Street.

There are few things in this life that will make my blood boil faster than someone talking to me like I'm stupid. After 35 years, one would think that my husband would have learned that.  He doesn't do it very often, but when he does, the powers of hell descend upon him.  Since my letters don't have to be mailed until the end of the month, I took the 12th Street exit and headed home.  I went in my office, closed the door (which I almost never do), and totally ignored him the rest of the day.

No, I didn't go to college, but when you say to me the Broadway Post Office, I'm going to logically assume that you mean the post office on Broadway.  If you change your mind after 35 years as to what you will call something, then you'd better communicate that information to me.  That is all.

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