The answers to all of life’s questions can be found in “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”
No matter what the circumstances, there’s a line from that 1987 Thanksgiving-themed movie that can be used as a response.
You doubt it? OK, just consider.
Suppose someone at work asks when you expect to be done with a certain task.
You can say: “Train don’t run out of Wichita … unlessin’ you’re a hog or a cattle.”
No, that doesn’t make sense. But coherence can be overrated.
What if someone in an elevator starts complaining about the weather?
You can say: “We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.”
Or suppose a telemarketer calls and wants money.
You can say: “I have two dollars … and a Casio.”
Beginning to see how this works?
What if a grocery cashier asks if you found everything you wanted?
You can say: “You could have killed me, slugging me in the gut like that.”
Or imagine someone asks for directions.
You can say: “Her first baby came out sideways. She didn’t scream or nothin’.”
Suppose someone monopolizes the conversation at dinner.
You can say: “Didn’t you notice on the plane when you started talking, eventually I started reading the vomit bag?”
What if you are asked for input at a business meeting that has been a waste of time?
You can say: “We’d have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak.”
Sure, a steady diet of this would quickly brand you an annoying moron. But how do you know people don’t already think that? Why not have a little fun.
Suppose someone asks if you watched a televised basketball game.
You can say: “I’ve never seen a man picked up by his testicles before.”
Or what if a stranger wants you to save his seat in a crowded theater?
You can say: “Where’s your other hand?”
And for situations not covered here, there is one all-purpose line from “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” that you can plug into virtually any context.
Just take your shoes off, moan “My dogs are barkin’,” and then remove your socks and wave them around.
Today’s Slice question: Does anyone still say “Don’t eat that, it’s not done cooking – you’ll get worms”?