s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: A "Typical" Mormon

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A "Typical" Mormon

A conversation struck up in the elevator in Daniels Hall:

Him: [a resident with an indeterminate Eastern European accent] What are you studying?

Me: Library science. What are you studying?

Him: Accounting.

Me: Oh, you must be good with numbers.

Him: Where are you from?

Me: I’m from the West. From Utah. [“Will he even have heard of my state?”]

Him: [with typical Slavic directness] Are you Mormon?

Me: [laughs] Yes. Most of us are.

Him: You don’t look like typical Mormon, with typical – [he makes a gesture which can only signify large bangs] – hair.

Me: [laughing as we exit]

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How on earth does he know that Mormon girls have big hair!? I don’t contest the stereotype for a second, but of all the things to know about us! . . . it’s like never having heard of Joseph Smith, but knowing all about carrots in Jell-O . . .


At September 06, 2005 9:20 PM, Blogger Toasteroven said...

Maybe someone else told him about it. Or he only met one and therefore he thinks he knows everything about the situation. That never happens, now, does it?

At September 07, 2005 8:49 PM, Blogger Novel Concept said...

Haha--Katya, I'm very glad you're still writing somewhere...and that you don't suffer from a case of Utah hair. Best of luck with everything :)

At September 16, 2005 4:44 PM, Blogger la bamba said...

At least the gesture indicated hair poofiness and not, say, a bulging belly due to impregnation...eek!


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