I recently told my buddy Mike about a strange interaction I had with the ferry-booth-ticket-dude. What came out of it was not one, but two blog-worthy situations. First, the initial interaction and then what transpired with Mike. Excellent.
I pull up to the ferry booth as I do over, and over, and over again on my commute to work. Today, "ferry-dude-who-likes-to-have-random-conversations-with-me" is working. (Yeah, I know it's a long nickname but it fits perfectly. I'll shorten it to "FD" for the remainder of this blog post.) Out of the blue, he says: "So. Jupiter got hit!" That's it. Nothing else. No other details. Here's the full convo:
FD (a bit excited and wild-eyed): "So. Jupiter got hit!"
Me (quizzically, and trying not to laugh a little): "Really? Wild."
FD: "Yeah, some asteroid hit it. It has happened before. I just heard it on the news. If Jupiter hadn't been in the way, the asteroid would have hit Earth!"
Me: "Wow. That's crazy. Have a great day!" /drives away chuckling
Fast forward ~15 hours. I'm home from work and on Skype with Mike, relaying the FD interaction.
Mike: "Wait a minute. That makes no sense."
Mike: "No. You have Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, a HUGE asteroid belt (waves his hands out for added detail), THEN Jupiter. The alignment would also have to be *just right* for Jupiter to 'block' an asteroid headed for Earth."
Me: "Hmmmm... That's what I thought too. His story seemed a bit 'off.'"
Mike: "He's just making shit up. That's not right. You can't joke about Jupiter like that!"
Me (HUGE SMILE): "Heh heh. You're an astronomy geek."
Mike: "Yeah. Yeah I am!"
Me: "Man... how 'bout poor Pluto, huh?"
Mike: "Oh, don't even get me started..."
I have rockin' friends.