Posted on 04 October 2011
Me, while passing a funeral home: I wonder what happens when the funeral director of a family-run funeral home dies. Does his family handle his remains or what?
P: I think you just described the premise of the first episode of Six Feet Under.
Me: Oh. I’ve never watched that show. Hey, maybe I should be writing for TV. Because, you know, it’s that easy to get into and also I wouldn’t hate it at all.
Jane Doe: Pen names are a good thing. Back when I wrote poetry, I used a pen name. [thoughtful pause] Of course, I never sent my poems out anywhere, so I guess in the end it didn’t matter.
Me: So Mindy Kaling, from The Office? She has a book coming out and an excerpt was published in the New Yorker and —
P, with a slight sigh: Yeah, everyone has a book coming out these days. [chuckles] No offense.
Me, while out in public, listening to live music: Hey, do you have a pen and paper?
P: Let me see…I have a pen, but no paper.
Me: I’ll just tear apart this Chipotle bag and write on that.
P: Here, I’ll cut off a section for you with my pocketknife. And you can use my camera display for light to write by.
Me: So you’re not embarrassed that I want to sit here writing on a paper bag instead of engaging in normal human interaction?
P: Why would I be?
What kind of light do you write by?