Friday, May 20, 2011

You're the Chosen One.

Alert, alert!
Are you sick of having a conversation where you have no good reply to what the other person is saying?
Are you sick of  smiling and nodding for lack of a good reply?
Do you often find yourself in situations where you have nothing to contribute to the conversation?
If so, this guide is for you!!!!!!!!!!
Within the guide you will learn how to avoid conversations, how to talk to people with fancy hand gestures, how to get away from your annoying Aunt Martha, and how to reply when there is no reply!
Here is a selection of the guide for you to read, for the entire contents, please call me at 123-456-7890*  to order!*

*This is not a real guide. I don't actually know what would happen if you called that number. :)

Chapter 3: How to Reply When There is no Reply

     If you are reading this chapter, there is no doubt that you have found yourself in conversations where after hearing the one person talk for length about something that you don't really care about, you find yourself resorting to smiling and nodding. The problem with that tried trick is that it's fairly obvious that you aren't paying attention, and that it sometimes angers people when they realize that their monologues, which are obviously interesting to themselves, are far from fascinating.
   This is where this guide comes in.

   Let us observe a conversation using the smile and nod technique.

   Sara: ...And I was stuck in traffic for SO LONG yesterday! I can't believe it!
   You: *smiles and nods*
   Sara: And then the groceries went bad in the back of my trunk because I turned off the car to wait, and that turned off the AC!
   You: *smiles and nods*
   Sara: And that's why I don't have anything but melted ice cream!
   You: *smiles and nods*

   As you can tell, this conversation is not going to become interesting in any amount of time. It will slowly shrivel and wither until it's dead, and you are standing around saying things like "Alright" and "So..." and "Anyway..." until someone finds some excuse to leave.

   Here, in this guide, we suggest a different approach: Replying to the nonsense with a random saying! There is almost no limit to what random saying you can use, but here are the favorites of the staff here.
  1. You're the chosen one!
  2. You're a fashion victim.
  3. How many roads must a man walk down? (The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend.)
  4. Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak.
But it's all just a matter of preference, of course. Now, let us look at that same conversation, only with you using this new, improved technique.

   Sara: ...And I was stuck in traffic for SO LONG yesterday! I can't believe it!
   You: You're a fashion victim!
   Sara: .... Um... sorry?
   You: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment, tweak!
   Sara: *gives you an odd look*

   Now, unlike the previous conversation, this one is actually going places. It could turn into a fascinating conversation about the Harry Potter books. It could turn into a shouting match about your odd sense of conversation. It could turn into a conversation about TV shows, or music! The point is: The conversation has just taken a positive turn.
Of course, you could always use the Smile and Nod technique.
It's all up to you.
You are the chosen one, after all.

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