Monday, 29 September 2014

All A Matter of Definition


KHT  "How long is a very long time?"
me    (Heart sinking) "It is not definable, it varies from situation to situation"

(sigh)

KHT  "How long is a very long time?"
Me    "Well, it is longer than a long time, but not as long as a very, very long time…"

(exasperated sigh)

KHT  "Just tell me how long is a very long time!"
Me    (Encouragingly.)  "Well done.  You have asked an impossible question!"
KHT   (Suspiciously)    "What do you mean?"
Me   "There is no single answer to your question. It depends on each circumstance.

(pause)

KHT  "JUST TELL ME HOW LONG IS A VERY LONG TIME!"
Me    "2 years."
KHT  "Ok 2 years"  departs happily
Me    "Wait it has changed again, 6 months"
KHT   (mutterings off) "Humph!"
Me    "Now it is 90 years…."
KHT  "90 years?"
Me    "Now it is 10 minutes"
KHT   "I think I will stick with 90 years!" 

Sometimes only an incorrect answer will suffice...