Weird remark made to me - was it good, bad or a cultural difference?

@Debs_place (10525)
United States
July 10, 2008 4:26pm CST
Today, I went to the hospital for 2 MRIs. I was told to be there by 11:30. Around 1:30, I finally got my turn and got done a bit past 3:30. As I was leaving, the tech, who had an interesting accent thanked me saying that I had the 'Patience of a vulture'! I am not sure what the meant but if I compare myself to other animals I would not like to think that I could be like a vulture! How would you take such a comment? It sort of reminds me of being 'Happy as a clam' Just how happy can a clam be? And how can we tell if one is happy? Any other weird sayings that you can contribute here or maybe explain?
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9 responses
• United States
11 Jul 08
Patience of a vulture refers to the stoic unflinching patience a vulture must have upon finding a dying animal and waiting for it to die without knowing how long it will take.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
does that sound like a good thing to you?
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• United States
11 Jul 08
If I was the one dying, yes, it would be a good thing for the vulture to have patience.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
So you are willing to become vulture food. Not me!
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
10 Jul 08
It was a compliment Vultures are known to be extremely patient birds, waiting for their prey to get vunerable. I always liked snug as a bug in a rug Any bugs I've seen on rugs were moving, they weren't curled up taking a nap
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I just don't like being thought of as an animal waiting for something to die. That is disgusting. Snug as a bug in a rug has a certain ring to it...it rhymes it rolls of the tongue. I can understand it because of that.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
10 Jul 08
We may think of vultures as being creepy like that, but maybe other peoples think of them as something else
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
11 Jul 08
Most people use the comment, "You have the patience of Job." He may never have heard that before. I think a vulture is an attack animal, so I would assume it would have to have a lot of patience. I think it was a compliment, regardless to how weird it sounded.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Thank you, considering I was at the hospital for about 4 1/2 hours. I guess I was patient
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• United States
10 Jul 08
Um... wow. I can't say much on this one. "Happy as a clam" is all i can come up with too. XD
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Yes, it is a strange one. Haven't you ever wondered about 'quiet as a church mouse'?
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• United States
10 Jul 08
never heard that expresion myself however a vulture is a very patient bird since they will hover over something dying for days!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Jul 08
But that sounds very grotesque!
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• United States
11 Jul 08
i agree!
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Maybe it is a cultural thing. But if you think about it, vultures are patient. They wait for animals to die in the desert before feeding on them, or wait for other predators to leave a carcass behind. Unlike hyenas or jackals, they don't try to steal someone esle's kill, they patiently wait for their turn at dinner. although, the more common saying is "patience of a saint" so maybe it was a cultural thing. I wouldn't take offense.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I didn't take it as on offense, I think with the way most employers are today, no one would dare say anything offensive. I just am not a fan of vultures.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
11 Jul 08
You sure it wasn't "patience is a virtue"? I could imagine a vulture having patience though, it has to sit and wait for its carrion to die.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
No, he spoke clearly, I think it was cultural. I am sure where he comes that it is a common expression. I was hoping for a mylotter who could confirm it.
• United States
11 Jul 08
wow, that certainly is interesting. Ive gotta be honest, I have NO idea how I would take that comment. I think I would just laugh, but who knows. Maybe just a cultural difference??
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Jul 08
That is what I was thinking too - cultural. I asked my husband and he was dumbfounded by the comment.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
12 Jul 08
Even though vultures are ugly and yucky, I am assuming he meant it as a compliment. I would have probably laughed at that one. I can't think of any other sayings right now that haven't already been posted. Oh wait! How about, "raining cats and dogs"?
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