Monday, September 08, 2014

"Ah! You've got a dinosaur too!"

  Wherein Jack has nothing important to say

 Some friends and I were at dinner the other day. While waiting for our food to arrive, we realized we'd gone through the normal conversation subjects of, "How have you been?" and "It is going to be a cold winter this year."

 With no interesting topics popping up, I threw one of my own out which was more or less, "If you had to cut off two of your fingers, which would they be?"

 My buddy in reading and world domination, who has learned to just take these questions and usually go with them, had to point out, "Normally you don't get to pick when you lose fingers."

 "Well, I read this book where this brother had to cut off two of his fingers to save his twin. If you ever have to save my life, I just want to know in advance you have this thought out."

 He contemplated the matter, finally naming his two, after I named the two I had already decided - about a year ago - which I would cut off. But, since it was the two of us, we couldn't stop at fingers. We had to move on to the rest of our limbs and most of the evenings conversation contained well thought out debates of which arm we would cut off if we had to, leg, toes, and so on and so forth. By the time our dinner showed up we knew which side we would land on if we ever found ourselves falling out of a train, which leg we would give to be chopped off and replaced with a robot one, and if we would give up our eyesight or our hearing.

 And this is one reason why I am socially awkward and quiet around dinner unless I am with people I know extremely well.

 That is all. Today is laundry day and the dyer just informed me it has completed its task and now it is my turn.

 Quote is from 12, his first episode when he crash lands in London after running away from a dinosaur.




  1. I wish I could come to dinner at your place. :) Though, last time I was at a campfire, the question raised was, "Would you rather be crucified or blood-eagled?" Given that I was not the one who asked it, I knew I was in the right company. XD

    btw, I rarely comment, which makes it feel a bit weird when I do...but I do try to read when I get a chance. :)

  2. You're basically the best, Jack. Just wanted to let you know.

    And now I'm contemplating which two fingers would be the best to remove if it had to be done. So thanks.

  3. I'd like to have been there and watched the reactions of those dining around you!
    Can I hack of someone else's fingers? I'm a guitarist and I kind of need all ten...

  4. Umm, can I just say that I love how Bucky plays the Mad Hatter in Once Upon a Time, and this GIF is the best.

  5. Wait... those aren't normal topics for conversation??
    And I second what Alex says! I'd rather cut off other people's fingers - I need mine for the piano!

  6. We do that all the time. My personal favorite is: Would you rather be burnt alive or drown? It's such a hard question when you really start thinking about it.
    No worries about being "socially awkward." My cousin thinks I am, and she calls me "rough around the edges," but we all know who enjoys the awkwardness more!


  8. But *which* two fingers would you cut off? And, my word, what thoroughly interesting conversations you have :D

  9. THE NOISE THAT I AM MAKING IS NOT HUMAN. Jack, you're freakin' awesome. xD


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