Monday, September 17, 2012

Fabulous Geekdom

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

What transpired:
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."
Me: "No?"
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.

Ms. V


The boy who blocked his own shot. said...

If you give me a general physical description of this guy, I will have a word with him the next time I'm on my way to see you. He needs a little astronomy re-education.


Violet said...

1- I knew a cat named Jupiter. he should get hit. asshole that he is- not that i advocate pussy abuse.
2- thanks ferry dude!