Part O of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, where every day this month except Sundays, I'll be talking about things I love - one thing for each letter of the alphabet.
This is a re-posted blog from 18th May 2015.
There's a certain type of conversation that I love having. It's my favourite type of conversation in the world, and if I have it with you, chances are I really like you and will be friends with you forever. I want to give this type of conversation a name, but I don't even know how to define it, let alone name it. So the best I can do is give you examples of the type of thing I mean and see if you can think of a name for me.
At this time last week, I sent my friends The Buttercup Gang a message on Facebook. It said
'Hey guys, can we agree now that if we ever get attacked by a predator, it's every man and woman for themselves?'
After some confusion as to how a thought like that could possibly occur to me, Mitchell offered an alternative.
'I feel like if you and I team up we could probably take it down.'
'No way,' I replied. 'I appreciate it, but there's no way you and I will stand a chance against a fully-grown lion.'
'Oh, you meant A predator! I thought you meant THE Predator!'
'That wouldn't really change anything. We still wouldn't stand a chance.'
Jason weighed in. 'What's the context? Where would we be that we could be attacked by a lion?'
'Well the only two realistic scenarios are that we're either on safari or at the zoo. If it's at the zoo, it would probably be captured before it could do any real damage.'
'Nothing about this is realistic,' quipped Jerida. 'Just saying.'
'I'm serious! If we were held hostage or something and the perp wanted to shoot one of us, I'd try as hard as possible to make sure it's me who takes it. But the thought of getting ripped open by an angry tiger scares me too much. I wouldn't try to save anyone, I'd just run.'
'Wouldn't it be easier to just hide and then come up with a plan to take it down?' said Jason.
'I wouldn't even want to try and take it down. I'd just want to get out of there,' I replied.
I also had this conversation with Mitchell after going to the bathroom at a restaurant:
'You know, with all this crazy new technology we've invented, wouldn't you think by now we'd come up with something to replace the urinal?'
'What's wrong with urinals?' he asked.
'I'm picturing it's the year 2200 and we're showing someone around who's from the past. It's like "Here's our cancer curing machine. It uses lasers to pinpoint the cancer and then cut it out. This is a device we can use to see into the future. And this... This is our pissing wall."'
'It's probably perfected technology,' Mitchell laughed. 'What would you have instead of urinals?'
'I don't know, that's the point. We haven't come up with anything.'
'Maybe something that extracts the urine from you and you don't even have to remove your pants.'
'I think that's just a catheter.'
I heard comedian Wil Anderson describe how he and his friends were trying to drive back to LA from Las Vegas and a snowstorm had slowed the traffic down to a standstill. They'd all had a long weekend and were sitting exhausted, frustrated and silent in the car. Then, without warning, fellow comedian Justin Hamilton spoke up.
'Okay, you have to think seriously about this and give an honest answer. You have to kill one of our friends. Who is it and why?'
That sparked up a very heated and challenging conversation that lasted all the way back to LA. When I told a couple of friends about it, they got very intrigued and wanted to have the same discussion.
Jerida and I were once driving along and we started trying to invent a new sense. It was harder than we thought because everything we came up with seemed to be just an off-shoot of feeling or seeing.
As a gang, we've discussed the idea of who from the group we'd want to be our parents.
I heard a story of a girl who would introduce herself to new people at work by asking "What's your favourite type of sneeze?
I've had a long discussion with people at my radio station over what is indeed the best type of sauce.
Am I getting the point across? It's those kind of weird, off-topic conversations that are either unimportant or wonderfully abstract. They explore areas of ourselves and the world that are typically untouched by day-to-day events. Seinfeld was a show that was really good at that kind of thing, with its talk of effective shirt buttons and the importance of wash-cycles. What would you call those conversations? How else would you define them? Do you like having them? What are some you've had in the past? It would be great to hear some so I could have those conversations with my own friends ;)