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Some Friends Have The Patience Of A Saint

| Friendly | January 24, 2014

(Religion tends to be a common topic among my circle of friends. We are all standing around talking and the topic of saints comes up.)

Friend #1: “What’s a saint? Are they people who work for Satan or something?”

(We all just stop and stare at him.)

Friend #2: *sarcastic* “Yeah, because they always name hospitals and churches after people who work for Satan.”

Friend #1: “Oh…”

Me: “So, let me get this straight: you have no idea what a saint is… and you’re CATHOLIC?!”

Friend #1: “I’m not a very good Catholic.”

Needs Friends With A Sunnier Disposition

| Friendly | January 24, 2014

(It’s the peak of summer and the average temperature is 45°C / 113°F. I’m walking on the street with some friends when I see a guy carrying a large bag that rips open, spilling its contents on the sidewalk. As I start to help him pick everything up, my friends keep walking until one of them notices me and stops.)

Friend: “Wait, guys. [My Name] is helping that guy.”

(My other friends stop and look, but instead of helping…)

Friend: “Let’s wait here in the shade!”

Living A Very Animated Life

| Friendly | January 24, 2014

(My friend and I are standing in my driveway on a particularly windy day. It has been a few weeks since I had mowed the lawn and the grass has grown quite long. The wind is blowing around the grass in waves like they show in animes.)

Friend: “Look, the grass is blowing like it does in animes where you can sort of see the wind in the grass like a white line.”

(I look at the grass to see what he’s talking about.)

Me: “Oh, awesome! You don’t see that in real life!”


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I Have No Words

| Friendly | January 23, 2014

(I’ve been walking downtown with my girlfriend. We’ve been talking about how different people communicate differently, when we spot a homeless man wandering aimlessly towards us.)

Me: “…as I was saying, even family members or people that are close to each other usually understand the same words differently, so, it is highly probable that a complete stranger will use a completely different set of words to communicate—”

(At this point the homeless man is right in front of us.)

Homeless Man: *waving hands* “AAAAHHHHHHH!”

Girlfriend: *waving hands* “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

(The homeless man just blinks and wanders off.)

His Charity Ran Out Of Gas

| Friendly | January 23, 2014

(My friend and her husband have just left a shopping center and are headed back to their car, when a stranger stops his car next to them to ask for gas money. Note that my friends are very generous people. The husband in particular will usually offer to help out anyone who genuinely seems to need it without hesitation.)

Stranger In The Car: “Hey can you spare a few bucks? I need gas to get home.”

Husband: *glances at the car* “Not when you’re driving a brand-new car that still has the 30-day tags!”