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The precocious child - A little less than a happy high
komos
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The precocious child
When I was younger, my uncles took a strange delight in telling "Pete and Repeat" stories to me. If you haven't been fortunate enough to hear one of these nuggets, they all kind of take the same form:

"Pete and Repeat are walking across an old, rickety bridge. Pete falls into the river. Who's left?"
"Repeat."
"Pete and Repeat are walking..."

Now, the crucial piece of this story is to have a listener who obliges by answering "Repeat" at each point where the teller asks "Who's left?" The odd thing about my uncles' telling and retelling of this joke was that never once, not once, did I respond with "Repeat." The very first time I heard it and every time after, when the question was posed, that crucial moment that the jest hangs on, I responded, "Well, no one... Repeat would just fall in right after him." I was three. I still remember their frustration over my failng to play their game.

I just didn't think the rules were fair, so I changed them.
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teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: March 11th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

So were you telling him to go take a flying leap or did it just make sense that Repeat would take a header too? My Pete & Co. were in a boat.
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

At the time, it just made sense that Repeat would... repeat whatever had happened. Eventually, I got more world-weary and snide, but my first instinct was to use Science! logic.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: March 11th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much did the same thing to my uncles whenever they tried shit like that on me. Like the time I was at a baseball game and they asked what I wanted, of course I replied "an orange," not realizing that it wasn't an option.
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dude asked...

Hell, I want to be able to get oranges at ballgames, too.
bootsvalentine From: bootsvalentine Date: March 11th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always call my friend Pete Repete, in homage to that joke.
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quel hommage!
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: March 11th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
My uncle had a pair of jokes designed to shut just such people up.

1) What's the difference between a mouse and an elephant?


2) What's the difference between a duck?
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing that these would draw the same blank faces that answering "no one" to "Who's left?" did. #2 is quite awesome.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: March 11th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah it kind of leaves them speechless and dribbling...

They have answers too:

1)What's the difference between a mouse and an elephant? It whistles.

2) What's the difference between a duck? One leg is both the same.

#2 is my fav as well...but partly just for the uncle-love
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pants. 'Nuf said.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: March 11th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
And you wonder why I love you ;-)
komos From: komos Date: March 11th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was a strange little child.
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