I am not surprised that after we visited Roswell, New Mexico, the following conversation took place.
John: Right. I’ve listened to enough radio talk shows. I am now more than qualified to host my own.
Shelley: Mmmhmmm. That’s nice.
John: Are you listening? I am going to start my own radio show. You know, the kind where people phone in and ask questions.
Shelley: Maybe you should talk to Ashly first, or study her podcasts from her show.
John: Jesus Christ, Shelley. Have some faith. It’s not like I’m going to go on air without getting some experience. I know I need to practice. In fact, let’s do it now. Go.
Shelley: OK. Hello. Is this John Smith?
John: No. First you have to phone me.
Shelley: That’s kind of silly.
John: It’s only silly because I thought of it. You’ve got your blog. Now I’ve got my show. If you want to help me with my show, like I help you with your blog, call 1-800 – CALL- JOHN.
Shelley: Heh! Heh! It’s kind of like I am calling a porn number. Are you some kind of wierdo?
Shelley: OK. OK. 1-800 – CALL- JOHN
John: Hello. John here. What’s your question?
Shelley:…..S@#$. I don’t have one. I wasn’t expecting to be the first caller. Can you put me on hold while I think of one?
John: Ask me about red cars.
Shelley: What about red cars?
John: No. Ask me what “is it” about red cars. Start again.
Shelley: 1-800 – CALL- JOHN
John: Shelley. Don’t be such a …….! You know that you’re already on air.
Shelley: Is this for real? Am I really in the middle of nowhere, in a truck, with my husband, who believes he’s on the radio, live, hosting his own talk show?
Shelley: Fine. What “is it” about red cars?
John: No. Ask me why police stop more red cars than cars of any other colour?
Shelley: John, why do police stop more red cars than cars of any other colour?
John: 72.5% of the cars stopped by police are red.
Shelley: One – you made that stat. up. Two – you didn’t answer the question that “you” made me ask.
John: You can’t challenge my stats. It’s an official John Smith stat.
Shelley: What a load of rubbish. How about “you” answering your question?
Shelley: Wait a sec. You don’t know the answer.
John: I do. However, you’re such a rude caller, that I’ve decided to end this call. Good bye. Next caller, please.
Shelley: Aha! Now I know what’s happening here. You used Shelley’s story, but forgot how it ended. Right?
Shelley: Seriously! Seriously? Ah, Jesus! 1-800- CALL- JOHN!!!!!!!
John: Hello. John here. Go ahead, ask your question.
Shelley: Hello. I think my husband was abducted by aliens. He’s been acting really differently. What can….
John: Whoops! I am so sorry. Seems like we lost that irritating caller.
Shelley: You can’t do that.