Problems in Communication, Episode # 1
By Jeff Salter
Folks, if you’ve followed me on Facebook, you’ve likely seen several examples of conversations in which one party is simply not getting through to the other. Some of these have been conversations I’ve overheard in public places (one of my favorites occurred in Hardees years ago), while others have taken place right here in Possum Trot.
I’ve occasionally confessed the identities of those individuals in Possum Trot, but sometimes I just leave it to your own imaginations.
Take this actual conversation, for example, from early January 2017.
She: Are you going to watch The Burbs?
He: On TV? Tonight? I didn’t see it listed.
She: It’s just starting… now.
He: Wonder why they’d change the lineup?
She: Maybe it was printed wrong.
He: Oh, I know. I bet they’re running The Burbs now because of Carrie Fisher’s recent passing.
She: Carrie Fisher was in The Burbs?
He: Yeah, she was Tom Hanks’ wife.
She: Tom Hanks was in The Burbs?
He: Duh. He was the star.
She: Hanks was in kindergarten when The Burbs came out.
He: Huh? What on earth are you talking about?
She: Are you going to watch The Burbs or not?
[He goes downstairs and sees the opening minute of the Hitchcock classic.] “Oh, you meant The BIRDS!”
She: That’s what I’ve been saying…
What about you? What confusions have YOU experienced in a conversation?
[JLS # 423]