Overheard: Just buy a stamp, already, lady


November 1, 2013

When it comes to listening in on other people’s conversations, why should the NSA have all the fun? This week, readers contribute some of their favorite overheard exchanges. If you’ve overheard a conversation or observed a scene you’d like to share, e-mail it to wpmagazine@washpost.com . Please put “Overheard” in the subject line, and include your name, age and city of residence.

Gerry Walter of Bethesda:

Overheard from a couple sitting one row behind my family in the bleachers while watching a Bethesda Big Train baseball game.

Woman: “The mosquitoes are bad tonight. I just got bit.”

Man:“Do you want me to switch seats with you?”

Woman:

Bob Gerlits of Washington overheard two apparently new male roommates in a D.C. Safeway:

First man: “I’m going to get the Chocolate Cap’n Crunch.”

Second man: “Not me, I’m a Cap’n Crunch purist.”

Pete Kelly of Falls Church overheard
a frazzled mother explain bacon to
4-year-old daughter sitting in shopping cart:

“Pigs would be eating us if we weren’t eating them, and that’s just the way it is, and I don’t want to talk about it.”

Kathy Megyeri
of Washington overheard a mother at 18th Street post office speak to postal clerk while talking on her cellphone, jamming a pacifier into her crying baby’s mouth, and trying to decide on which commemorative stamp to purchase in front of a long line:

Woman: “I’m disappointed that the Gettysburg stamp is sold out and the Christmas ones aren’t yet available. I really like the Emancipation Proclamation stamp, but I know my husband would prefer the Johnny Cash ones. ... I just can’t make up my mind, but I do need 100, and I’m kind of tired of the plain rolls of the American flag.”

Crowd (almost in unison): “JUST CHOOSE A STAMP!”

Lizzie Martinez of Washington overheard outside a club in Dupont Circle one Saturday night: me

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