Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just another cheating Thursday Night

c. bsm 2012 
We arrived early to Buona Vida, our Thurday trivia spot. 
We were all crammed in the teeny Italian restaurant. 
I’m claustrophobic, so until I found out that their food is fantastic, 
it was my least favorite spot.

All the good teams are there, so it’s hard to win. Add that with the fact that we generally don’t do well at Kevin's, the host, shows anyway.

We were all laughing. One of the teams were using Boobzie koozies for their drinks. It was a lighthearted atmosphere. We were sitting behind a wall that blocked vision from the host and us. There were two tables behind the wall, Us and a family who was cheating.

I told Kevin that the large family beside us were using their cell phones to look up answers, high-fiving each other when they got the answer right. Because you know it was a high-five worthy accomplishment to cheat and get the answer right. Good job on looking up the right answer!

Kevin is used to us obsessively ratting out cheaters, so he just kind of nods his head and makes a mental note of it.

As the evening is going on, they are still looking up answers, despite the warnings not to. So Adam goes up and tells Kevin that they’re still doing it.

At this point Kevin goes behind the wall to tell them himself.

“Oh, we’re just having fun. We’re going to leave soon, we don’t want to win any prizes, or anything like that,” the father says.

“Ok, just know that you’re not going to win any prizes, ‘ Kevin says.

They kind of shrug, but go back to eating their dinner and leave when they are done.

The thing is, as soon as they were caught, they were going to deny any prizes. If they hadn’t been caught, I doubt they would have been so honest.


c. 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I'm a People-Person...another Character at the Cafe

Most people go to the coffee shop to work peacefully, meet with a friend to chat, etc. Yes, many go to meet new people, have a lively discussion or two. Very few people want to be accosted by Butch Bluebird.

Butch is a very enterprising, high rolling business type. We don’t actually know what he does. He supposedly runs 47 different companies….At a coffee shop with an outdated computer and a flip phone. He brings people together, in the business sense. He’s here to network, and network, he does. Few people forget Butch.

All of the other regulars are on to his scam. We all know word for word his schpeel.
Sidles up to unsuspecting victim; usually an attractive female, who he calls “sweetheart.” Unsuspecting targets soon are regretting their seemingly innocent stop into the coffee shop well into their conversation with him, which starts out innocently enough. He’ll give a little compliment. Then it’s, Can you help me get online? Then it’s What do you do? Do you need money to do it? And then it spirals out of control from there.

Whatever you do, happens to be just what Butch is looking for, be it a nursing student, a copywriter, or a computer tech. It’s going to be big, you’ve got to get in on this.

He’ll tell you all about it in a blur of non-sequiturs, curse words and racist comments. One idea is to replace all of the light posts owned by Duke Energy, and set them up with wifi to report outages quicker. He’s working on the hydrogen car; “we’re ready to go on this.” Gold mines, “we have a lot of money invested in this.” Oh, and he’ll act all creepy with your kids too.

His flip phone is always nearby to show how important he is. His brother works for Congress. He knows a guy, who knows a guy who knows Lou Gossett Jr. [Great guy]. Most people will go outside if they are going to be on a loud call while sitting nearby. Not Butch. We are privy to a one-sided conversation, by which you can tell what the other side is saying. They don't really know what he's talking about either.

It's good entertainment.

c. 2012