I once had a friend named Ben. Ben was a funny guy. And Ben had this theory. He believed every lame, boring, unfunny story could be salvaged by ending with one statement.
“And then I found five dollars.”
Sometimes, that is totally true. Think about it. You’ll be telling a story, and perhaps it seemed important or interesting when you started but now you’re about 40 percent through and you’ve realized that it’s not that great and you can’t even remember what the point of the story was supposed to be and everyone’s looking at you with those blank stares except for that one guy who just peeked at his watch as if he’s got somewhere more important to be but no, really, this is a good story, I swear, if only you could remember what came next and now you’re starting to sweat so you say:
“And then I found five dollars.”
Oh, look at their faces now. So interested. Satisfied. Entertained. Impressed, even.
You should try it sometime.
This completely lame-o blog post is courtesy of a prompt found on Plinky.com, a site chock full of quirky questions and whose tagline is, “Because sometimes you need a push.”
Yes, despite the two-inch-thick folder of blog ideas I currently have in my planner and the list of post topics specifically lined up for June, when I stared at the computer just now, I came up empty. I got nothin’. And so, a little visit to our friend Plinky was in order.
And I kid you not, this was the first (okay, the fourth, but the rest of this is all true) question I saw: “What would you be excited to find on the ground right now?”
Clearly, I’d like to find five dollars on the ground right now. Because that’s the only thing saving this post now.
Hey, I have an idea. Why don’t you head over to Plinky and pick a question, any question. Come back here and then answer it in the comments. It’ll be fun! Yeah!
(Side note: I suggest including the question with your comment, but I suppose if you wanted to really throw us for a loop you could leave it out. It’s up to you.)
Oooh, look! I think that’s a five dollar bill over there . . .
"the two-inch-thick folder of blog ideas I currently have in my planner and the list of post topics specifically lined up for June" — are you serious?! holy crow. i need me some of that.
If you had to report for jury duty today, which book would you take with you?
runaway jury, by john grisham.
and i'd keep it really visible to see if it bothers the lawyers.
Okay, cracking me up. I wrote the exact words, "I got nothin'" in my post yesterday! I like the 5 dollars questions. I think I'll head over to Plinky.
“What would you be excited to find on the ground right now?”
in my house… absolutely NOTHING!
the question i got was "the getaway car is waiting outside–where is it taking you?"
well my first thought was minnesota because that's so far away and i could stay with my family, but then that would be easy to find out and that would be one of the first places they'd look for me, right? and i really don't want to get my family involved.
so my second thought was obviously the airport. i'll hop a plane out of the country and visit uh… italy. but wait. i don't have a passport.
maybe they should just take me straight to jail… i got nowhere to go…
or WAIT! maybe this is the getaway-from-your-children-car… in that case, take me shopping! :-)
What activity or behavior should be a crime?
I really, really hate it when people talk on the phone at a store check-out. Not only does it take more time for them to finish their transaction, inconveniencing the people in line behind them, but it is also incredibly rude to the cashier.
So, maybe it shouldn't be a crime. But people should realize how incredibly rude it is.
I got: "The getaway car is waiting outside – where is it taking you?"
Am I lame or what?
I'm not really sure what should be piped into my home other than water, electric, and gas—that's a real thinker! But, as you can tell, I did head on over to Plinky and it looks like fun. Thanks for the fun post. I got a good laugh!
Thanks for the heads up on Mr. Plinky.com, I'll definitely take a look. Somedays I use a posts I have saved as drafts, and others I'm searching for something fresh and different.
I saw your post over at the Bloggers Retreat site. I have a scholarship contest going right now. There is a link to it on the retreat site. Enter it for a chance to win a free retreat registration!
What should be piped into my house…well, I'm going to go with coffee. Coffee is good.
Yeah, thanks for letting us know about plinky. And I agree with BusyMommy about piping in the coffee!
I chose two questions:
1. If you could eat only one type of cuisine for a year, what would it be? It's really a toss up between Mexican and Asian. But maybe I'll choose Asian, that way I could have a combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. Yum, I'm hungry now.
2. What 3 songs do you wish you could erase from your memory? There are probably many more than 3, but these were the first ones that popped into my head as being some of the worst… "Tainted Love", "Don't Worry Be Happy", and "Margaritaville".
That was fun!
OK, your little one is only 20 months old, right? So you haven't yet experienced what I'm about to tell you.
Sometimes it's just as exciting to say, "I found a dime on the floor!"
My son used to contstantly be on the floor when we were in the store. He ALWAYS found money. Once he found a dollar bill on the floor at Kroger. I used to be so embarassed by him crawling around, but he was always "rewarded" for his efforts, so I couldn't convince him to get up. *sigh*
Anyway, keep that in mind when your little one starts looking under the check-out stations at the store. *grin*
Oh Mary, this bring back too many memories. Gerald tells me all the time I mess up the punchline in a joke or leave out "the best part" of a story. Guess I'm not the ultimate story teller. Oh well!
What I came up with is "Kids say/do the Darndest Things". I know, pretty lame. It's a stage we're going thru right now though with the twins. Funny story I have to share and I promise I won't mess up the punchline! Owen has been waking up in the middle of the night lately so we've been putting him in bed with us. UGH! One morning I had to get up and start my day before Gerald. Later that morning I heard a "snap" and a "stop that" coming from the bedroom. Gerald told me later that morning he was awakened by Owen snapping Gerald's underwear! Don't you just love the imagination kids have!
I thought of another one!! What about those telemarketers! Or those door to door salesmen! Gotta love em! We had one come to our door today. I had to listen to his 10 minute presentation before I politely said, "There's a no soliciting policy in our neighborhood. The sign is at the entrance." He wasn't too happy with me.
my friend plaid uses the $5 line. :) (well, he did in college, and once in a great while it still pops out.)
twice before i have found $4. twice. 4 $1 bills. very odd. yet happy.