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Friday, December 01, 2006

I need some weird party conversation. Preferably weird hipster party conversation. Definitely not geekfest party conversation and way definitely not weird screenwriter party conversation.

So, here's the contest! Please leave your weirdest / most memorable party conversation in the comments, or if it's too embarrassing, email it to me. If I use it, I'll send you a signed copy of your choice of my books. Or name a character after you. Your choice.


Viral videos? Too geeky?

By Blogger wcdixon, at 11:36 PM  

Way too geeky. The characters are people who actually go out at night!

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 9:33 AM  

I'll try not to take that the wrong way. :(

Okay we need more info - genre, setting/location, age, status, class, race, etc. of said hipster partiers.

By Blogger wcdixon, at 2:39 PM  

So we are talking weird designer drugs, getting hooked up and who is banging whom. Isn't this just the same conversation the high school cheersquad has but with trendy words and in designer clothes?

By Blogger Hawise, at 4:55 PM  

"You can have design without industry, but you can't have industry without design."

By Blogger Kane, at 2:15 AM  

My kid's at college. She knows I stay up late so I regularly get one-a.m. phonecalls for information to resolve some point of argument.

I can hear the party going on in the background and I'm obviously being rolled out as the Court of Last Resort when debating positions have become entrenched.

The most recent one was over the exact wording of the Green Lantern Oath.

Earlier calls have been on whether the Monkees came before the Beatles (these are kids for whom it's all history) and whether a husky can have a straight tail and still be a husky.

By Blogger Stephen Gallagher, at 5:17 AM  

Or, or...

I find this a major source of amusement and inspiration...

By Blogger Stephen Gallagher, at 5:26 AM  

Alas, I cocked the link up... too many https in my html.

By Blogger Stephen Gallagher, at 12:23 PM  

Two words. Belly lint.

By Blogger Joshua James, at 1:28 PM  

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By Blogger Stephen, at 2:13 PM  

Let's try this again, with a Blogger ID that's current and active:

Actually happened:

Her: You should come to my singles party.
Me: I'm kind of married.
Her: Well, bring some single friends with you.
Me: What about (name of someone we both know)? He's single.
Her (laughing): No. The men at my party have to make at least $70,000 a year.

By Blogger Unknown, at 2:22 PM  

Penises - cut or uncut. Pros and cons.

(Overheard at Residuals - Studio City, CA)

By Blogger Cunningham, at 2:56 PM  

Overheard at an intersection not a party, but I was so struck by the inanity I actually blogged about it.

I'm at an intersection in Hollywood, waiting for the light to change when two young girlie-girl types approach. I pick up the conversation as they come into earshot:

"They're really cute shoes, but I'm a 9-1/2, so mine are like boats."

"I wear a 9, that's why Kristin and I can't share shoes. She's only a 5."

"You're what, five-five?"

"I'm five-four."

"When you were growing up did they tell you you'd be really tall, like five nine?"

"I'm five-four, but I tell people I'm five-five."

Not sure why this irritated me so, probably because I'm not good about gabbing for the sake of gabbing.

By Blogger Melinda, at 6:17 PM  

Guy checks his calendar, then:

"I have to see a Portuguese Goth-Metal band that night."


Two women talking:

A: It's his magazine. If he wants to run it into the ground...
B: Exactly. If you just want to publish for people with PhD's...
A: He's a great writer, though.
B: He's young, he's smart, he has his own level of arrogance. But he's good.

By Blogger Unknown, at 10:45 AM  

wild? i'm a frat guy at a top twenty party school. i don't have any quotes, but if the people party often then they have slang for everything - verbs, nouns, adjectives have a language completely out of context. and nobody tells a crazy story like a twenty-something drunk.

By Blogger s steiger miller, at 3:00 PM  

Does weird philosophy talk count? Like, one discussion about an ontometer, which lets you determine the truth-value of things? Comes with a calibration kit including a golden mountain, an electron, and a real number (collect the set!)? Most of the philosophy students I've known are pretty social. :)

Or a linguistics anecdote: say there's chap at the pub, who's told by a mate, "Kingston is the bloody capital of Jamaica!" -- meaning that there are a lot of Jamaicans in Kingston-on-Thames. He then goes on a gameshow, and is asked what the capital of Jamaica is, answers "Kingston", and wins a million pounds. Should he have to give the money back, since the Kingston he's refering to is the wrong one?

(Given that a parrot could win a gameshow, the answer is obviously no; but we had some fun trying to think how you'd design an exam to avoid this problem.)

Or are you wanting more the voice of the participants? Pretty easy, but NZ conversational style may not translate. :)

By Blogger Svend Andersen, at 1:20 AM  

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