Mar 01, 2007
I Am The Captain of My Density
Conversation 1. From Tuesday dinner at Starlu with new acquaintances K2 and Ann (along with Joe V., Gina N., and Michael B.)
K2 was a Baltimore native who had done her undergrad work at NCCU. She mentioned that she returned to Baltimore after graduation, "But then I came back."
Me: What brought you back to Durham?
K2: What's the reason anyone comes back to a place?
Me: [thinking and searching for the obvious answer] local culture? Or just the way some towns get into your into your system and you have to come back? Or maybe a job, or some community activity like a church or activist group or something? [continuing with blank look while processing...]
Ann: Was it a guy?
K2: Yes. It was a guy.
Me: [smacks forehead with hand.]
Conversation 2. At work, in a meeting with biz-partner Adam as we talked about how the best-branded non-profits have Pavlov-programmed us on what to do when we hear their name.
Adam: Like the Red Cross. What do we instantly know we're supposed to do when we think about the Red Cross?
Me: Give money?
Adam: Um, OK. But what else?
Me: Volunteer during a disaster? Like filling sandbags when the flood waters are rising?
Adam: Um, OK. But what else? You know...
Me: [blank look]
Me: [more blank look]
Adam: Donate blood?
Me: Huhn? Oh, yeah! Donate blood!
Adam: [shakes head. sighs]
So who is the more lame marketing consultant? Adam for assuming I'd get the answer right, or me for being in a different time zone? Shh... Don't tell our clients.
"Captain Obvious" image yoinked from this punkfest and/or this funny guy.
Thank god! I thought I was the only losing my grip as a careen towards 40. My short term memory is so bad I could hide my own Easter eggs. Thanks for making me feel better . . . who are you again?
Posted by: Don | Mar 2, 2007 2:43:07 PM
Oh I like non-obvious responses to obvious questions. It says that you're thinking about the question and not just parroting back whatever you're supposed to say.
Posted by: Sarah | Mar 4, 2007 1:03:06 PM
Poor Don! And hey, who's going to hit 40 first, you or me? My warranty expires on November 10.
Sarah -- thank you for finding a way to spin me positive.
Posted by: Phil | Mar 5, 2007 12:28:08 AM
You will get there first. Let me know how it goes. I will have a couple of months to prepare based on your experiences.
Posted by: Don | Mar 6, 2007 6:52:55 PM