Subject: mention "charlie"
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 1997 13:46:28 GMT
From: email@example.com (ICEKNIFE)
Organization: LanMinds, Inc. (Not Responsible for Content)
nasty baaad memetic infection.
standing on a corner near my hovel observing the flow of unwashed and
unwanted flesh slither by, there came to me a peaked and piquiant
freak of undiscernable age and gender, slight of size, and rank of
odor and odure in opposing directions.
"CHARLIE", this person did whisper largely. "Nope, sorry" because I'm
not, and was. He? (cheated. used the sight. HUH? BOTH?) smiled,
glanced about, and repeated with no small measure of satisfaction...
"CHARLIE" in the same stage whisper.
No bigger than 4 foot 6, sallow and wan, (s)he sauntered off into the
night, secure in the success of the mission. I went home without
thinking much of it, as Berkeley is just "like that". Not two minutes
into the door, I lost concious volition, wandered mindlessly into my
housemate's room, and in a huge whisper, "CHARLIE".
Suddenly realised where I was, and what I had done.
Apologised briefly, then backed out of the room looking quite
as confused as I felt.
Half hour later, housemate greets someone at the door
with "CHARLIE" (same damn pseudo-whisper). Conversation I can't hear
takes place. A few minutes later, housemate and mutual friend (who's
name is NOT "CHARLIE") knock on my door, wanting to know what's going
on. Friend calls later to confirm undesired reflexive utterance to
total stranger from open car window.
be careful... it's a jingle out there!