Binderclips and I were having a conversation the other day about how he is about cars. We were talking specifically about how he likes them to be super clean, I mean like new car clean, ALL THE TIME.
Anyways, the conversation took a confusing turn at one point and this is how it went (for me at least):
Binderclips: I just like a clean car, that's why I keep them so clean.
HulaBuns: But why new car clean? I mean I think that might be a little overkill, ya know?
Binderclips: Well, do you know the mailman?
HulaBuns: Thinking 'This takes his jumping to new topics to a new level' (I should also mention that I'm picturing him literally jumping on hopscotch type squares with different topics written in them at the same time that I'm thinking this). I respond with "No".
Binderclips: What? Why wouldn't you?
HulaBuns: Uhhhh, it's more like why would I?
Binderclips: Because we're married, that's why.
HulaBuns: "That's interesting, how long has that been going on?" I say, thinking 'I can keep this going longer than you can bucko, believe me'.
Binderclips: He's looking at me with more disdain than ever. He says "I think you know how long it's been going on."
HulaBuns: I say "Clearly, you DO know the mailMAN" then I laugh uncontrollably.
Binderclips: WHAT are you talking about??!!
HulaBuns: I'm still laughing, I almost can't stop. I continue to laugh and say "you're married" through my laughter.
Binderclips: Married to the mailman?! What the....
HulaBuns: "Please, just be honest...how long HAS this been going on?" I say, still laughing.
Binderclips: Dare I even ask HOW the mailman got brought into this?
HulaBuns: "Dare I?" I'm still laughing.
Binderclips: Seriously, snap out of it.
HulaBuns: Still laughing I say "I think it started when YOU asked ME if I knew the mailman."
Binderclips: What?! I didn't ask you that!! I said "do you know how anal I am?" Not "do you know the mailman?"
We both start laughing uncontrollably at this point. Now on occasion I ask him how things with the mailman are going.
My questions to readers: Does this happen to other couples? Do you think you're having a conversation about one thing and the other person is talking about something else entirely?
P.S. The picture is not a picture of our mailman, just in case there was any question. ;)
I'm good at 2 things: (1) Breaking things on accident and (2) Embarrassing myself (usually in public). I once told an entire Aerobic's class (that I was teaching) that by the end of the class they should "look like me" meaning 'sweaty' - they, however, did not take it that way. I've learned that instead of getting embarrassed it's important to be able to laugh at yourself and the hilarious mistakes that you make. If you don't learn from them, who will?