I heard a news report that said that pot legalization in CA failed because young people didn’t get out and vote. I don’t think that reporter really understands the economics involved.
A couple weeks ago I ran across this list of cliched dialogue. The funny part is whatever I was looking for had nothing to do with writing.
I would argue that a lot of the list is plain old cliched talking. Not just on screen but any time people think they’re being clever.
I have three to add that aren’t on the list.
In any crime show you ever see there’s always a big scene in a room filled with cops where the lead detective explains all the horrors the criminal has committed and is capable of. The scene always ends with:
Let’s get this guy
Another one I heard in a show I was watching last night:
What happens next?
This one I thought about for awhile. I think I see it on TV so often it feels like a perfectly normal thing to say. Except I don’t think you would ever actually say it. It’s when one character presents another character with a wrapped present:
What is it?
Have you ever had this happen: you wake up one morning and some random thing that happened a long time ago that made you furious has suddenly, for no reason, been reanimated in your head and you’re just as mad now as you were when it happened?
I don’t get why this is happening right now.
It happened to me once before and I thought maybe the issue needed further resolution so I approached the person who was the subject of this ancient fury. Let me tell you: that was a terrible idea. Do not try that at home.
My logical mind thinks it’s ridiculous to get so worked up about this old stupid thing but my emotional mind is all fired up. Believe me, I know this is unhealthy. I have little doubt that one of these episodes is what’s going to kill me. Hopefully when I’m in my 80’s and asleep.
We still get a paper delivered and this morning the delivery people left their holiday greeting. You know the one that really serves the purpose of letting you know where to send a tip if you want. It’s a really cute photocopied note letting us know how much they love delivering our paper and wishing us happy holidays. Then there’s handwritten scrawl with an arrow pointing to their address that says: Send Check.
I think it’s funny. I always say: ask for what you want.
I have a quiet week ahead. It would be smart to get hopping on holiday stuff. But I’m probably not going to be smart and put it off until later so I can get all stressed out about it.