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By greyshade (Wed Jul 13, 2005 at 10:17:59 PM EST) (all tags)
I stop in to grab a meal from a local diner.  To go.  I sit, have my coffee at the bar, and walk to the register when my meal is ready.  There is a man sitting on the third stool away from the register.  He is upper-middle aged.  He has stubble, a pair of jeans, and a plaid shirt.  I would never have taken any exceptional note of him if he had not spoken to me.


While I am waiting for my debit card recipt to print, he leans towards me.  “Can you help me with something?”

He doesn’t have any food in front of him.  He does have a mug of coffee and an ashtray.  I assume he either needs a light, or wants to bum a smoke.  I was equipped to deal with either of these scenerios.  I amble across the intervening space while reaching for my cigarettes.

“Energy follows the path of least resistance, is that right,” he queries.  I freeze.  W-T-F

I need to do a quick reality check.
 

  • the time is 2:30 am.
     
  • I am in a diner.
     
  • I have not ingested alcohol or any form of hallucination inducing substances.

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    “I mean… You took physics, right?” he insists.
     

  • There is a man here quizzing random strangers on physics.

    I explain that it has been awhile, and proceed to answer his questions to the best of my limited ability.  He tells me that I did a good job and that he thought a public defender in a recent trial was trying to pull his leg.

    I also mentally question the quality of a juror that fact-checks by talking to strangers at a diner in the wee hours of the morning.

    I'm waiting for Rod Sterling's voice-over to start any minute now.

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    Sorry. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Jul 13, 2005 at 10:24:26 PM EST
    Didn't mean to freak you out.

    "To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

    No problem. by greyshade (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jul 13, 2005 at 10:28:54 PM EST
    Just hit me with a subject I'm a little more versed in next time.  I'll be more likely to sit and chat awhile.

    "The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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    And...? AND....? by xth (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Jul 14, 2005 at 12:19:48 AM EST
    Well what happened then? Where is the random violence? Where is the terror?? WHERE ARE THE ZOMBIES?????

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    And I went home and ate. by greyshade (4.00 / 2) #4 Thu Jul 14, 2005 at 12:46:53 AM EST
    I did have this dream last night where homeland security took away my cane knife before I was allowed to board Santa's sleigh.  The sleigh took me on a slow tour of an office building about one foot above desk level.  A friend who was riding with me jumped off the sleigh to frantically search a rolodex.  The sleigh was moving quite slowly, but he got left behind none the less.

    "The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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    dude by tps12 (4.00 / 2) #5 Thu Jul 14, 2005 at 03:17:02 AM EST
    That is the least weird thing to ever happen in a diner at 2:30 in the morning.

    Yeah by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Jul 14, 2005 at 03:42:38 AM EST
    I once had a random pop star try and sell me the book he was reading so that he could get some food. That was around 2:30am in a cafe that no longer exists...

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