Barclay in his first episode on Star Trek:TNG said “I am the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there’s a party, and then when he finally gets there, he winds up alone, in the corner, trying to look comfortable examining a potted plant.” I’ve had my share of bad parties, but I’m mostly thinking about the first part here, because I think things I’m going to say way in advance whenever possible. Yes, I am the epitome of “You’ve been waiting all day to say that haven’t you?” Except usually it’s not something so witty or a new word that I’ve learned.

But yes, I was going to my usual Chinese takeout place thinking of “small pork fried rice” and instead ended up first saying “smork pall fried rice.” If I had said it on the spot without thinking it before I can’t say that I’d have a better chance of not saying that.


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