It is often a mistake to give people advice. They do not appreciate it.
For example, at work today, one guy started pushing another guy with his shoulder. The other guy pushed back. Back and forth, back and forth.
“Knock him down and step on his head,” I advised the second guy.
“Knock him down and step on his face!” exclaimed the first guy.
“No, I said, ‘Knock him down and step on his head.'”
A third co-worker asked what was going on.
“She wants him to knock me down and step on my face!”
“No, I said to knock you down and step on your HEAD, that is not the same thing.”
The guy I gave the advice to thought it was a terrible thing for me to tell him to do.
“It’s just an expression,” I told him. “You know, ‘I’ll knock you down and step on your head!'”
“I’ve never heard that.”
“Oh well, I guess I made it up.” Still, I’ve been saying it for years. I’m sure it ought to be a well-known expression by now.
Long story short (I know, too late): He did not take my advice or even appreciate that I offered it.
This is a true story. I thought about it as I was running, and I thought it might be OK for a Non-Sequitur Thursday post.