It’s a rare occurrence when there is a straight forward question and answer between W and his friends. Typically the question is delivered in a multiple choice format, e.g., “Guess what was so-and-so’s excuse for not hanging out tonight…. was it: A) There is a professional family photo shoot in the morning; B) his mother in law needs him to take her to the gynecologist; C) He promised his wife he’d watch the So You Think You Can Dance finale live; or D) he has to go to the Gymboree graduation.” We all then get to weigh the validity of each statement, come up with our guesses, then inevitably laugh at the real answer.
I personally love it, and I actively engage in and love creating my own multiple choices. It’s even fun when it’s something as simple as guessing the name of the waiter (“Is it A) Jebediah; B) Orion; C) Darnell or D) Mikhail”).
Today I got to overhear W on the phone with our friend as he was figuring out the answer to one of the most fun reoccurring questions… “Guess who friended me on Facebook?” However today must’ve been a slow day at all the offices, because instead of multiple choice, he had Will play 20 questions.
How I wish I the video recorder out, because W’s side of the conversation went along the lines of:
“Is it a girl?”
“From high school?”
“What about our elementary school, did she go there?”
“Was she friendly with Mike?”
“No? Ok. Um, Was she cooler than us?”
“Was she hot?”
“Is she still hot?” [lots of laughter while there is some follow through to this question on the other side of the conversation]
“Was she a cheerleader?”
“Um… Did you ever take her to see Les Mis?”
“OK, so she’s our age, was hot, may or may not have been a cheerleader, she is not friendly with Mike, you don’t think she was any cooler than us, and you never took her to a Broadway play… Danielle Adelstein!”*
“No? Hmm… what, am I at question 11? Did… she work in Sunrise Mall?”
“Did she work in the Gap?”
You get the picture… I don’t know if this translates, but I was hysterical. I highly recommend bringing back 20 questions to your day-to-day, it makes things more interesting.
* No names of known people were used in this blog post. If you are a Rachel Greenfeld or Danielle Adelstein who found this when you googled yourself, rest assured that this was a random concoction of likely Long Island Jewish girls names born between 1974- 1979.