The t-shirt I was wearing...was orange! Home Depot's team colors are orange. Like a Great White shark, this guy saw red (orange, in this case) and just went right for it. "Orange equals Home Depot", is what fired off in his brain. I know that orange carries a lot of meaning in this place, but usually it coincides with, oh I don't know, an apron, a name tag, something that displays the phrase "Home Depot." I've been in other stores, such as Gap, Target, Barnes and Noble, etc., where I've been wearing a shirt and tie and people have asked "Do you work here?" Compared to this orange aficionado at Home Depot that day, these people at least had the brains to first ask if I was an employee.
Maybe, just maybe, this guy doesn't know that the color orange is called "orange." Maybe he learned the color orange is actually called "Home Depot?" What if this guy coaches a youth soccer team, and if so does he provide his players at halftime a bag of freshly cut-up "Home Depots" to snack on. "Honey can you pick up a batch of oranges on your way home. "Oh...you mean "Home Depots?" I can't imagine this guy having children and spending a nice Saturday afternoon coloring with his son or daughter. "Hey, sweetie, can you pass me Home Depot, Police Officer, Grimmace, and Stop Sign when you're done?"
This could have been epic. We could have had a rousing dialogue on Civil War generals, reminisced about players from the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, or tried to list as many United States Presidents as possible. But, no. We picked colors. All 6 of us that were there that evening went around and picked a color. Any color. Sienna, burnt orange, sea green, just to name a few. Finally, one of us just simply said "this is ridiculous" and drank to end that person's turn. That lousy round of Circle of Death would have ended a lot earlier if the scraggly old man from Home Depot was part of it. I know it would ended with him drinking up after saying "Home Depot."
On a side note, our friend is no longer with this girl who called out "colors" in a game of Circle of Death.