Sunday, January 4, 2009

Aida?


I was at the grocery store on a usual five-minute run and while waiting in line, an older gentleman comes to me and says something like: "How're you doing?'
I say: "Fine, thank you. You?"
But he stayed put and asked, what I thought was a similar question. This time I thought he asked: "Done?"
To which I said, "Ah, yes." But he continued to ask yet another question.
Finally, I 'read' him correctly. What he had been asking me all along was: "Aida?"
To which I said, "Aida? Oh, yes, yes, I have been whistling Aida. Ha. You a Verdi fan?"
All he said was 'yes' accompanied by a smiling nod and then he moved on to his line.

Yet another example of my quotidian, quiet, and totally unaware whistling. And it's always Verdi. I have, however, graduated to something other than the oh-so-high-frequency "La donna e mobile." And exchanging a little Verdi-related 'hello' with a perfect stranger made the little grocery run feel like something other than the usual inconsequential 5-minute experience.




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11 comments:

jj said...

Good one! Aida? Well, it sort of makes sense.

Tina said...

Ha. Super.
Of course, it's Verdi!

dave said...

'Va' pensiero' or the march, what was it?

Paul said...

I almost exclusively whistle Jobim:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobim

Anonymous said...

La donna e mobile is a good tune to whistle.

Sra said...

That exchange would have confused me. I whistle at random myself, but not as unconsciously as I used to.

Sean said...

Beethoven's 5-th with me.

Brooke said...

Ha. Funny. Unaware whistling. I whistle made-up tunes. It's a good stress reliever.

jodi said...

'Aida' does sort of sound like a lot of salutations. good piece, Verdi lover. Verdi is so conducive to whistling, I concur.

sean said...

Whistling is the mark of happy people!

A. said...

Right. It was Aida. I heard it today. In the snow. :) Whistling should make a comeback, I say.