Drawing a blank

#211: When was the last time you walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.

Last night! Perfect timing WordPress!

As I was waiting to get off the train, after attending a preview screening of Step Up 5 (ace film that makes you want to join them on the dance floor!), a guy asked myself and the girl next to me, our opinion on his dilemma so to speak, that he had been discussing quite loudly on his phone moments before. If I can remember correctly, he said “what would you do if you’d come up with a concept that would fix a big problem and it was pinched and presented by someone else as their own idea? You’d want to kick ass right?”. Trying not to laugh (as he’d clearly had a little drinkie-poos to subdue his anger), I looked at the other girl for inspiration but all she said was “I’d kick major ass”… In a panic as to what to say since my mind had gone blank (*thanks very much brain*), I went with “there’s nothing else you could do but kick ass”… oy vey!!

Once we had got off the train and all gone our separate ways, I thought of some pretty cool responses that I wished I’d thought of right there and then – it’s always the way! My first option was “try to find a flaw in your own concept/plan and expose it”. This way the thief would learn not steal other peoples ideas and it’s a sweet, sneaky form of revenge. But then I came up with option two, which is much better… “in front of the people the thief had pitched your concept to, ask him a question about the design/creation process that only you would know the answer to”. This would also expose him/her and show the people that had been impressed with the concept, that it was in fact your concept and not the work of the thief. Voila!

Memories for sale

#135: On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighbourhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognise. Tell us about it.

I’m not one for attending garage sales or car boot sales (as they’re called here in the UK), but it was a particularly sunny day and, quite frankly, I had no other plans! As I perused the many tables of brick-a-brac, a glint of something in the distance, sat amongst a half empty table caught my eye. As I neared this display of pre-loved goods, my excitement grew… I’d finally found it! Nestled neatly around the neck of a tall vase (odd way to display it but I guess it worked), was the necklace that had been stolen from us a few years back by plasterers that had come to patch up our ceiling, following some unavoidable water damage. This necklace was so special as it had been bought during a family holiday in Florida, after seeing manatees – my mums favourite animal. Without a second thought, I asked for it to be removed from the vase and be boxed up. I didn’t even think to barter for it as it was only a quarter of the original price. I couldn’t wait to give it back to her!