Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Agree, It's Great to Be Fine

This is my favorite quote from Dr. Strangelove where the President of the U.S. is calling the Premier of the USSR to explain that one of his soldiers who was a little "funny in the head" did a "silly thing" and launched a nuclear attack on Russia. This is how the conversation begins.

 ‎"Yes. Fine, I can hear you now, Dimitri. Clear and plain and coming through fine. I'm coming through fine too, eh? Good, then. Well then as you say we're both coming through fine. Good. Well it's good that you're fine and I'm fine. I agree with you. It's great to be fine." (-Mr. President)

I love this quote because of how casually the president is talking considering the circumstances. Also it seems to make fun of small talk, and I am all about making fun of small talk. I had a conversation today that was very similar to this one. It went like this:

"Hey Marissa how are you?"
"Pretty good!"
Jacob how are you?"
"Ya pretty good."
*nod nod*
How are you?"
"Oh I'm good too."
*shift shift*
"Ya, uh, have a good day."

I feel rude to walk away saying nothing, but I feel incredibly awkward having conversations like this. They are hilarious, but so pointless and stupid. Small talk should be abolished because it's better to say nothing at all then to have conversations like this. So if I ever just say "Hey" and walk away, then don't be offended. I'd like to eat lunch with you or something maybe and talk, but when I'm walking to class or to work or my room, I don't really want to know what's up or how you are.