Bar Talk

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I'm running a little behind today, so I've asked our good friend Brett Savage to guest host today's Friday Happy Hour and come up with a few questions for the audience.

clavin.JPGI don't know if it's some indistinct form of weirdo-magnetism I unsuspectingly exude, but strange people are constantly saying outlandish things to me at bars. The other night, I was nursing an invigorating pint of Bass during a casual drinking session at a local watering hole when the bar mate to my left decided that I needed to know about his history of concussions. He sidled up covertly and whispered conspiratorially, "You know, I've had nine concussions in my life." I have no idea what may have inspired this intimate admission, but we hadn't exchanged a single word in the half hour or so we were sitting next to each other prior to his friendly overture. Perhaps it was the sporting event being televised at the time, which involved large, athletic men mindlessly smashing into each other and chasing an erratically bouncing ball around a grid-lined field (three of his concussions were football related).

It also may have been the truly heroic amount of alcohol he had been consuming since my arrival, or maybe it was simply the comradely familiarity bred by proximity and circumstance. Either way, I was intrigued and more than happy to engage him further in conversation. "I didn't know that, no. That sounds like nine more than you would want," I sportingly replied. Creatively interpreting my sarcasm-laced response as expressed interest, he began to recount in hilariously vivid detail seven of the nine famed injuries. Two of them he didn't quite remember, but was fairly certain that they both resulted from motorcycle "incidents." I have never had the privilege of being concussed, so I couldn't add much to our tete a tete, but his story does prompt two questions:

1) What is the oddest thing a complete stranger has ever said to you at a bar? (Or office party, or anywhere else.)

2) Do you have any strange injuries you would like to share with the group, or have you heard about any strange injuries that happened to someone you know?

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January 4, 2008 - 9:22am
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