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18 March 2011 @ 07:17 pm
Old people say the darndest things  
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I got this email from my square dance friend Bo and just had to share it:

It went like this at my dad's assisted living complex:

Resident 1: "Can you believe we've put men on Mars?"

Resident 2: "Say, that story is about a woman. When did the men go?"

Bo (politely): "Oh, that's a story about a Mars-like research station. It's in Utah. My friend David went there."

Resident 1: "Oh, so David was the man. How come the article wasn't about him?"

Bo: "Sorry. David went some time ago. He said he learned a good deal. I went to one of his presentations and thought it was very interesting."

Resident 1: "Seems like it would take too much time to get there and back." (peers at article). "Must've made it up."

Bo: "Oh, no. I'm quite sure he went. It's a research station in Utah that is set up to feel like Mars."

Resident 2: "Why would they name a state on Mars 'Utah'? Isn't one of those enough?"

And so it went from there....

billeylerbilleyler on March 19th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Must be a laff a minute for Bo...
Kalimackalimac on March 19th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
"Two weeks on Mars" sounds like science fiction, but the biggest departure from reality visible on that paper turns out to be "'Mars Needs Moms' will be a hit with kids."
smoking catnip and chasing my tail: EVILjettcat on March 19th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Welcome to my world everyday!

At least when someone asks why did Mr Hearst build his house so far from the visitors center...?
I can keep a poker face without rolling my eyes....much.
Tomvoidampersand on March 19th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Of course they can believe we've put men on Mars. Now where's their jetpacks?
Kalimackalimac on March 19th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Get your flying car off of my lawn!
Suzanne K. Mosessuzanne on March 19th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
"Utah'? Isn't one of those enough?"

Yes. Yes it is.
threeoutsidethreeoutside on March 19th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't be laughing so hard right now; I'm not so far from Bo's dad's space myself. But - oh heck, that's funny!
markbourne: mst3kmarkbourne on March 19th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I loooove this. When you go on the road doing your standup sf comedy act, this must be a key segment.
kathrynmicekathrynmice on March 20th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I love it. They will be talking/arguing about that for months, or until nap time, whichever comes first.

It was a pretty long trip. Didn't you say a mess of the travel time was by jeep from some second string airport?

David D. Levinedavidlevine on March 20th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Not by jeep exactly, but it was, um, maybe four hours? from the Grand Junction, CO airport in a 4WD vehicle.