The time: Last Friday night, approximately 11:30pm
The place: At home, in the study, on the internet (natch)
Level of inoxication: Mild, but getting there (two cocktails, down, working on the 3rd).
Ken arrives home after his stellar performance in community theater as The Coach in High School Musical (and before you ask why I wasn’t there, I went to the Sunday matinee, thank you very much). After appropriate kisses and inquiries about my evening (fair) and how his performance was (quite fine), Ken sits down at his computer to check email. Soon there is the sound of a braying laughter coming from his side of the room.
“Whaaas so funny?” I inquire, barely slurring my words.
“This joke my nephew sent me. You want to hear it?” Ken asks, apparently judging that I am not too impaired for a joke.
“Yes!” I exclaim. (I cannot resist a joke, any kind of joke whatsoever. Jokes are manna from the gods).
“OK. You’re riding a horse. On your immediate right there is a drop-off. On your immediate left is a lion chasing a gazelle. In front of you is a zebra and in back of you is an elephant. What do you do next?”
“Hmmmm. Lion, gazelle. Uh, unicorn in the front, coyote on the left? What if I kill the lion with my light sabre, then challenge the unicorn to a dual? No, that won’t work, the unicorn has special powers…….. Oh fuck it, I give up. What do I do next?”
Ken looks over at me, smiles and exclaims, “Get your drunken ass off the merry-go-round!”
I immediately start laughing. “I cannot believe you said that to me! That was hilarious, honey! Get your drunken ass off the merry-go-round, that is too funny. So what’s the answer, huh?”
“The answer is” Ken says deliberately, “Get your drunken ass off the merry-go-round.”