Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bloggaday 161 – You Look Like My 3rd Wife

Bloggaday 161 – You Look Like My 3rd Wife

2 and a half men had a funny joke. It was actually given to Evelyn. She comments to one of the older gentlemen that he reminds her of her 5th husband. He responds by asking how many husbands she has had. Casually, she smiles, “4”

I don’t know; it just worked well. After that though, I started considering adapting it to a real-world application. The problem is though, I can’t really walk up to a girl and say, “Hey, you remind me of my first wife.” It’s kind of a crapshoot that she would even ask, “Oh, how many times have you been married?” If she does, then I have to stumble my way through, “Oh, I’ve never been married.” It might actually come off kind of creepy, but at the core of the problem, it just really isn’t that funny. The next problem is what if she doesn’t ask about how many times I had been married. I’m only 21, so her more instinctive reaction might be to think something happened to her, such as passing away, so she might actually ask, “Oh, what happened to her?” What do you say then? “Oh, I’ve never been married,” and smile? The joke just doesn’t really work with that flow. I suppose the only real option for her response would be to lie and go for the pity play with something like, cancer or something. But if you live in Southern California like me where lightning bolt isn’t readily available to strike you down, cancer is surely in your cards somewhere down the line, probably prostate at that.

Now, the joke gets slightly more viable if you’ve been married before. “Oh, you look like my second wife.” The much more automatic response is, “Oh, how many times have you been married?” “Once actually.” It’s still not perfect, but it’s better than never married before.

I think the joke really hits its stride if you’ve been married twice. “You remind me of my third wife.” She almost has to ask about how many times you’ve been married right off the bat. It’s shmooooth. I’m also going to extend this to being married 3 times.

Now Eveleyn’s setup of, “You look an awful lot like my 5th husband,” is a bit too much. I know the backstory forces that setup, but the numbers are a little too high for the optimal setup, and that extends all the way up… Setup, setup, setup.

I think I can make the “never been married” setup work. “Hey you look like my first wife.” It doesn’t really matter if her response is questioning the number or what happened to her, you can just spin it, “Oh, I’ve never been married, but I’ve always taken those ‘where do you see yourself in 5, 10, and 15 years exercises’ way too serious.” Now, the nice thing with this is it actually works better if you DON’T say, “You look like my first wife,” but say something like 3rd or 4th. It really pushes your creativity and realistic streak as well as justifies the use of all three numbers: 5, 10, and 15.

Will I ever actually use it? Probably not, but it still amuses me. I’m sure I’ll post any horrendous fails if I manage to do it though.*

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I’ve noticed that a lot of times when I say I’ll post something like a part 2 in the future, I don’t usually get around to it.**

It wouldn’t really surprise me if this was just another one of these cases.

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