A friend of mine recently pointed out that whenever two adult males are having a conversation it inevitably goes one of two ways – sports talk or movie quotes. She seemed to view this a shortcoming based on our inability to share our deep emotions. My response….what deep emotions? Unless of course the Cardinals just lost in which case I’m virtually inconsolable.
Luckily I happen to be pretty good at interspersing movie quotes in conversation. I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. I can’t really say how many movie quotes I spew out in a day but I’m sure it’s quite a few. 220, 221 whatever it takes. My friends try to show me up but I like to think I generally get the best of them. There can be only one! BTW if you are a male between 30 and 45 you are now nodding your head and smiling. If you’re not then you really need a subscription to Netflix.
As I tried to explain to my friend, this is how we relate to one another. This type of personal communication is a lot like advertising. At some point you have to put the message in a way the audience is going to understand. And maybe it doesn’t make sense to everyone but that’s ok. I wasn’t trying to reach everyone. In the end the message doesn’t always have to be this buttoned-up Shakespearian English. Unless of course your target audience is English professors. Where would our culture be if Got Milk? had been Do you have any milk?