An Eternal Philosophical Question

8 Apr

I need your help settling a long-standing debate between Hubby and I.

In order to remain as neutral as possible, I will not tell you my position in this matter.  I will leave the final decision up to you, and will concede to your decision (as long as I agree with it….just kidding…, I’m not.)

The other day Hubby and I ran into an old friend who, for years, had been a complete burnout.  He is a very nice person, but he just didn’t have much ambition in life.  Well, we didn’t even recognize him.   He was wearing a suit and tie.  He was also with a really pretty (and clean) woman who is a departure from the class acts he’s dated in the past.  Some of his ex’s include an exotic dancer who dropped the f-bomb approximately 50 times in a five-minute conversation, a woman who I’m pretty sure could get pregnant by just looking at a penis and had the kids to prove it, and a woman who beat him up.

______:  It was really nice to see him!  Did you see that girl he was with?

______:   Yeah.  I didn’t even recognize him without his Jesus beard.

______:  I know!  And, he carries business cards.  Faaaaaancy.

______:  It’s like he’s done a complete 360.

______:  I’m really happy for him.  You mean 180.  

______:   Where did he say he works?  It’s 360, like a complete circle.

______:   He works at a place that sells medical equipment to assisted living facilities.  It’s 180.

______:  It’s 360.  As in, he’s done a complete turnaround.

______:  Nooooo, 180, as in, he’s the complete opposite of what he used to be.  The opposite of burnout is professional. 

______:  He’s completely turned his life around.  A complete circle is 360 degrees.

______: He used to live in Burnoutsville. Now, he’s living in Classygirlfriendwood.  180 degrees.

______:  Whatever.  I’m right.

______: (mumbles almost inaudibly) It’s 180.

______: 360.

Choose carefully.  Do some research if needed.  I need to be right on this one.  If you determine that Hubby is right I will never hear the end of it, and may need to stab pencils in my ears to muffle the sound of “IN YOUR FACE!”. 


13 Responses to “An Eternal Philosophical Question”

  1. Invisible Mikey April 8, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Very amusing entry. I said 180 (I’m guessing men would because it’s technically mathematically correct, screw metaphor) but only because it’s just another direction. He went from someone I would enjoy knowing for entertainment value (wouldn’t lend him money) to someone who though he will live a longer, safer life, I would cross the street to avoid running into because he might try to sell me insurance or timeshares.

    • Don't Make That Face April 8, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      One things we loved about being friends with Mr. Burnout was that we always felt better about ourselves after hanging out with him. Now, it’s like, “Damn. Who do we know that can do that for us, now?”. He was the last of his kind in our age group. I guess we’re growing up.

      If he sold insurance I would have burned his fancy little business card with a lighter right in front of him. WE’RE NOT INTERESTED.

  2. Miz Parker April 8, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    It’s 180. Picture yourself walking in a straight line. If you continue to walk forwards, and you turn 180 degrees, you are now moving in the complete opposite direction of the one you were moving in before. Which is what your friend has metaphorically done. If you turn 360 degrees, you’ve spun in a complete circle, but you’re still walking in the exact same direction that you were before. Make sense? I’ll “draw”… 😉

    —>—>–> ) 180
    —<—<——>—>( ) 360

    • Miz Parker April 8, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      Shit, my drawing totally did not come out. Plbbbbt.

    • Don't Make That Face April 8, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      You get an “A”, because you made a “drawing”. That’s awesome.

  3. accidentalstepmom April 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Miz Parker’s picture is awesome.

    It’s a 180. Or, as we sometimes directed the local stagehands in the more southern states, “do-si-do, fellas, do-si-do.”

    I hope I’m siding with you.

  4. Thypolar April 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I think it’s 180. I’m not sure though. Everyone I know seems to be stuck in the rut of who they are and without change. I’ve never had to use the phrase LMAO!

  5. KristenSays April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    it’s 180, but whoever said 360 i feel your pain, because i always get it mixed up too.

    if it makes you feel any better [whoever said 360], JLo messed it up on Idol one night too. that sure made me feel better 😉 [it didn’t really, i just had to say it]

  6. newfrankyj April 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I say 180 because I’m a scientist. If he’d done a 360, then he’s be right back where he started… so if he turns back into a burnout, then he’ll have done a 360. Thanks for letting me use my brain today.

  7. Redneckprincess April 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I say 180…and urban dictionary agrees…

    Personality 180

    Completely changing the way you act to someone with little or no reason for doing so. A complete 180 (reverse direction) personality shift towards another person, leaving the other person completely confused at the 180-persons conviction for being “that way”.

    As we know…they are always right 🙂 Good luck!!

  8. accidentalstepmom April 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I can’t take it anymore. I’m checking your blog like every hour. What’s the answer? Who did we side with? Do I need to be worried?

  9. fnkybee April 11, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I have to say it’s a 180. 🙂 “she would get pregnant just looking at a penis” <—That is hilarious!

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