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June 9, 2000 12:24 PM   Subscribe

Remember the misanthope thread? Here's an update to the story: the guy actually TALKED to my wife today. She was asking people at work how to get from her office to the Central Park Zoo. Her colleagues were arguing about it, but no one could agree on the correct route. Finally, with great exasperation, the guy said, "all you have to do is walk STRAIGHT UP THIS STREET! You'll get to the park, and the path will split in two. One way is for cars and the other is for not-cars."

"Not-cars???" said my wife.

The guy heaved a massive sigh. "PEOPLE," he said.
posted by grumblebee (8 comments total)

 
Ohhhhh. He's autistic. Or an insufferable smartass.
posted by Fenriss at 1:38 PM on June 9, 2000


It's funnier this way. God I love cgi.
posted by Jeremy at 1:56 PM on June 9, 2000


For those of you who don't want to deal with the mussed up font colors of the Jesusifier:

Remember the misanthope thread? Here's an update to the parable: there's no Jesus like show Jesus! She wast asking sinners in Hell how to beget from her office to the Central Park Zoo. Her colleagues were arguing about it, but goddamn this one couldst agree upon the correct route. Finally, with exalted exasperation, the guy said, "Listen to my words! all thee hath to doth is walk STRAIGHT UP THIS STREET! Thee'll beget to the park, and the path shall split in two and twenty. One way is for cars and the other is for not-cars."

"Not-cars? Nobody knows but Jesus. Nobody knows but Jesus. Nobody knows but Jesus." did say mine servant.

The guy heaved a massive sigh. "PEOPLE," he did say.
posted by EngineBeak at 5:27 PM on June 9, 2000


1. Re-read BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER.

2. What you have here is an amusing anecdote, especially in the context of the previous anecdotes. You could turn it into a short story. You could begin building a character off this man, and using that character as coloration in a bigger story about something else. I smell sit-com. Or screenplay. I see you moving to Hollywood. It's all right here, in this spark of real-life inspiration. Go for it. Live the dream.
posted by Zeldman at 10:55 AM on June 10, 2000


Thanks for the "Bartleby" reference, Zeldman. I always loved that story, but I haven't thought about it in a few years. I no longer own a copy of it, but I found it online here.
posted by grumblebee at 11:51 AM on June 10, 2000


& don't forget bartleby.com, taking scrivening Into The New Millenium.

And here's my cat, also named Bartleby.
posted by EngineBeak at 12:15 PM on June 10, 2000


If I was going to name that cat after a Melville character, I think I would have chosen Ahab.
posted by grumblebee at 1:22 PM on June 10, 2000


>1. Re-read BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER.

I would prefer not to.
posted by Fenriss at 6:13 AM on June 12, 2000


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