Encounters with friends & strangers

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.)

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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!”

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They’d Had A Friendship Of Note

| Friendly | January 23, 2014

(I am 14 years old, when I have a huge bust up with one of my best friends. At the end of the day, I am passed a note from her. I wait until I get home to read it…)

Note: “Your a total b****! I hate you! Your going to be beatun up!”

(Upon reading it, all I can do is laugh. My dad overhears me and asks to see it; afterwards, he gives me some “advice” which I follow: the next day at school, I walk up to my ex-best friend, hand her the note back and walk off, smiling and calm. She opens it and starts screaming. I had corrected all her spelling and grammar mistakes in red pen!)

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My Friendship In Ruins

| Friendly | January 22, 2014

(We are in the second period of the school day. Everyone is still tired from staying up late on the last night of Christmas break. We’re normally a crazy class, but it hasn’t shown today until the moment my boyfriend’s best friend walks in.)

Boyfriend: *jokingly* “I was having a good day, so why did you have to walk in and ruin it?”

Friend: “Oh, you know, just a day ruiner. A ruiner of days. The ender of good times. The desolation of fun. Just like today. I AM today!”

(He then proceeds to do the best evil laugh I have ever heard.)

Me: *to my boyfriend* “I think Christmas vacation got to him a bit.”

Boyfriend: “A bit? More like drove him completely insane.”

Friend: “No, I’m just naturally insane. The freedom of our break just made me even crazier. You guys should have known this by now. It happens every year.”

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Fanatic Fantastic

| Friendly | January 22, 2014

(I live with three friends, and all of us are kind of geeks. We’re chatting about a movie we’ve all seen at some point in time, when the following happens.)

Me: “Yeah, well, I was reading this fan-fiction, and the two characters were actually talking about this, and what’s weird is—”

Roommate #1: “What’s weird is that you just said ‘I was reading this fan-fiction’ and no one burst out laughing or even commented on it.”

Me: “Well, yes…”

Roommate #2: “Geeks rule!”

Me: “Yes. Yes, they do.”

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