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Posted Sep 12 2008 11:33am

I'm at the carousel today with Elby and she's chatting away with me, when a woman in green slacks (should've been a warning) places her little girl on a giant giraffe in front of us. Right away I can't help but notice she's one of those overly baby-talking moms despite the fact that her daughter looks to be about five. "Do you wannna wide on da giraffy, honey?" "Uh, sure mom, and can I bum a smoke?" You get the picture. Just as soon as the ride gets going, she turns to Elby and says, "hi there." So I look over at Elby and give her the requisite, "can you say hi?" and she gives baby-talking-mom a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Wave - not actually bothering to say hi, which I totally get. And here's the crazy part -- the woman says, "oh is that some kind of sign language thing?" REALLY? "nope...just...regular language." And then she sort of frowns and dismisses us with a "huh." Like she's saying, "if you say so. But I've never come across that before. Maybe you should have her tested." Yeah, isn't a wave sort of the international symbol for hi?

You know what? I'm teaching my daughter how to flip the bird. Which I'm pretty sure is the international symbol for buh bye.

And by the way, if you want another taste of L.A., check out my hilarious friend Suzy's new blog Where Hot Comes To Die

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