29 May 2008

"Dave"

As I was returning from the mail room to my office, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, an unusually well coiffed individual. A split second flashback placed me in the Hart Building on the campus of BYU-Idaho in 2004. President Bednar, or Dave (as I affectionately referred to him) was giving one of his frequent devotionals as the church appointed steward of that college in Rexburg. What initially caught my attention then was the same that made me do a double-take today. It was for him that I coined the term "Bishop Hair". Hair so perfectly combed that from birth it has obeyed every whim of the brush. Thick folliage that is completly, and evenly distributed throughout every hecthair of his scalp. Not one out of place. It was this same geneticly engineered headdress that found itself waiting by my side for the elevator. Having never found myself face-to-face alone with an apostle of the most High God, I was unsure what to say. Luckily my mouth didn't encounter the same quandry. My mouth gave a boisterous "howdy!" before I had a chance to think. I said howdy to Dave by the elevator. Luckily apostles aren't power mad attention demanding types. He knows who he is, I don't need to remind him. I would like to think that God himself would react to a heart felt "howdy" just as cordially as Elder Bednar did.

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

Ahhh... that unbelievable ability to adapt to uncomfortable or stressful situations. Truly amazing. Howdy does bridge all cultures, races, and apostles.
You now have a Mormon celebrity encounter story.

Laverna said...

I have a hard time imagining that an all-loving father would react negatively to a genuine greeting. God has to have a sense of humor. How else do you explain naked mole rats and platypuses?

Awright13 said...

That is a cool story!

I like that you too are on such informal terms :)

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Poetic Blather said...

I said howdy to one of the principle parters of the firm I work at the other day. It was in passing so I had no idea what his response was, but I kept asking my self why Howdy? Why is Howdy the initial exclamation to surface when confronted in a precipitous salutation. It occurs again and again. Is there any type of support group for this?

PS : I think anonymous has kidney stones.

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Territorial Soufleé said...

Hey anonymous, have you always been a jerk, or were you just born that way?
I bet a nice Metamucil would really help with that surly attitude you're sporting. Thanks for stopping by.

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Justin said...

Great story. I wonder if you asked him about his hair, if he'd take it as a compliment or not. I mean, maybe he has some great advice about shampoo selection, hair comb tine gauge, or massage technique. Does he use pomade or spray? Mousse or gel? That kind of stuff.