Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's a small world, with a bit of a conundrum

I massaged a very nice lady yesterday who spent over thirty years teaching in Europe at Department of Defense Schools (DoDDS). She's retired now, but there's some big convention going on here, so there are lots of other current and retired DoDDS teachers and other faculty in Vegas right now.

We got to talking and comparing notes on our impressions of Europe vs. the U.S., and we discovered that one of her best friends is the principal at the very high school my twins are currently attending in England.

It is a very small world.

On to my puzzle:

I massaged an older gentleman yesterday who was solid through-and-through. There was not an ounce of fat on this man, he was extremely toned, but didn't have the body of a weight-lifter or work-out fanatic. His hands were very rough and callused, as were his feet, but his skin was milk-white all over, like he never goes out in the sun. He was one of my silent clients, so I never got to ask him what he did for a living (as a matter of fact, he fell asleep during the massage!), but I'm so curious and I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out what job he has.

Does anyone have any idea or suggestion what this man's profession might be?

11 comments:

Roismhaire said...

He was probably an Irish guy visiting Vegas - it's the land of milky whites.

Carpenter?

Christina LMT said...

He was from the American South (I could tell from his accent!)...and his name was ELVIS. That was my thought, too. He definitely works with his hands.

Buck said...

Notta clue. Totally outside my area of expertise, this is.

memory_lucky12 said...

Idk, perhaps an ELVIS IM-PER-SUH-NAY-TOR? That's my guess. If his name is Elvis and he has muscles...And in Vegas...

The whole Dodds teacher thing is so strange! Did you ask which school and what subject?

Oh, btw, if anyone is dying to know what DODDS-E means (it took me a while to figure out), it means Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe. They actually have a letter for "of". And it sometimes isn't lowercase. LE GASP!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a mechanic to me. They spend all day inside, but their hands are rough as cobbs from the work.


Dick
BDP

Christina LMT said...

Aw c'mon, Buck...not even a little speculation here?

Chaos, your principal is her friend, can you imagine? He's not an Elvis impersonator, he's a tourist. And he didn't look like THE Elvis, either.

Dick, I never even considered mechanic, thanks for "playing"!

Lin said...

I like the mechanic guess. Could also be heavy assembly line or warehousing, I suppose. Telling trades is tough. My late brother-in-law threw off the carney guessers. He was an art director for Avon Cosmetics but his time in the lumber camps as a teenager bulked and calloused him up for good.

Christina LMT said...

Yeah, I can truly see mechanic. I leaned toward carpenter at first, but they do spend SOME time out of doors, don't they?

Anonymous said...

How about a miner.
Ihr Grosse Bruder

Christina LMT said...

A MINER?! Why didn't I think of that?!

Lokidude said...

I'm casting my vote for miner as well, it's what I thought as soon as I read your description. My grandfather was a coal miner for most of his younger days, and the old man was still hard as nails well into his sixties.