Story of a lost journalist

September 5, 2008

The art of meeting

Filed under: humor — Cris @ 23:11
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It’s getting better. Earlier I mentioned about turning to a talker, today I became a meeter (Stupid MS Word keeps changing that to meter!) as well. Another online friend again. It was absolutely, totally and completely gulp-free. Friend says it’s my charm, I say it’s my charm, waiter says its my charm, so does biller, so does… oh well you get the picture. I was charming. Only bit of out-of-the-ordinary was actually in the recognition process. You see friend was seeing me and I was seeing friend for the first time – it involved a lot of seeing and anything involving a lot of anything was not an easy thing.

Me being the late comer went inside the eat-out, came and stood near chomping person showing high potential of being friend. Did the raise-brow test – test works as follows: if friend was friend, the raised brow would be given special attention which goes ah-oh-uh-you, if friend was stranger it would be treated with another raised brow which goes I-can-do-it-with-both-eyes-open-so-scram. This was the normal communication norm, one that was always lying around and I had just discovered. These sudden enlightenments always happen at dire circumstances. Wasted entirely on potential-friend who preferred chicken nuggets to eyebrow tester.

Storming female, err me, went outside and made chomper leave all chomping alone and pick me up. And there, I entered gracefully for a second time. Unfortunately grace was lost on the audience who were all like my friend, champion chompers. There were a few who recognized the weirdo who did her evening walks in an eat-out.

Keeping all embarrassments aside, or maybe cause I was finished with my share for the day, chose to attack both Chompy here and his food. However Chompy was chomping which meant business was left to, gulp, me. Hmph I decided Chompy deserved no sympathy, he did everything that called for a major Cris attack – an outflow about coffees, why coffees were not teas and why teas were for devils while coffees for angels. Chompy was a wise fellar and he realized there was a lot of coffee talked about here. He didn’t like that. The man stood for nuggets.
“Chicken nuggets”
“What are chicken nuggets?”
“Nuggets should be nuggets”
This was something I wholeheartedly agreed to. I always like it when nuggets are nuggets, I pointed out.
Glad of some harmony here, he proceeded to the other topic.
“Cutlets should be cutlets”. I volunteered.
Gleam in eyes, glow in face, my friend saw that he had just met a kindred soul. Deeply impressed by this enlightenment, he nodded
“Yes nuggets should be nuggets and cutlets should be cutlets. One should not be the other… but you knew that!”

Ah, was all too familiar with that look. Outright admiration. So impressed was he that Chompy actually left the last nugget’s last half’s last seventeenth piece entirely at my disposal. The boy was generous, I acknowledged by raising hands. Was afraid he would next fall straight down to my knees and ask for blessings. Not that I wasn’t generous with them, but maybe another time.

(The above story is based on a real life incident but the author may have taken the privilege of doing a wee bit of exaggeration here and there – this line shows its presence here in case Chompy reads this and makes plans to cook Cris nuggets next time)


  1. U r definitely getting better!!! 😀

    Comment by Bijin — September 6, 2008 @ 09:37 | Reply

  2. Enjoyed this. 🙂 Reminded me of why I also enjoy Oscar Wilde. Thanks.

    Comment by Paul — September 6, 2008 @ 15:08 | Reply

  3. mm.. nice reading.. but, had to spend a lot of time to understand it.. but, u know what, it improved my vocabulary.. now, i know the meaning of words like chomp, nugget, kindred.. 🙂

    Comment by Deepak — September 6, 2008 @ 18:06 | Reply

  4. 5 th sep around 2 pm?? 😀 I was chomping peacefully at one eat out! I hope, i was not among the champion chompers !

    Comment by Srijith — September 7, 2008 @ 04:10 | Reply

  5. @Bijin, hehe and I have only begun!

    @Paul, wow! Thank you 🙂

    @Deepak, hehe welcome to my world of surviving-with-minimum-vocabulary

    @Srijith, hehe no mine was later in the evening

    Comment by Cris — September 8, 2008 @ 02:09 | Reply

  6. I like the conversation part 🙂

    Comment by Ammini — September 8, 2008 @ 04:24 | Reply

  7. Haha Chompy would sure have something to say about this!

    Comment by Funnywriter — September 8, 2008 @ 05:55 | Reply

  8. This is something I would have done! The first part I mean. Going in, failing recognition and going away! Doubtful of my return though!

    Comment by Girl Bites — September 8, 2008 @ 06:25 | Reply

  9. Hehehe… I’ve been meeting many online friends lately. Your post just bought a pang of deja vu! 😀

    I’m a better orderer, though. And I’ve endeared my ‘friends’ with my ‘chomps’. Period. 😛

    Comment by Hari Shanker — September 8, 2008 @ 11:42 | Reply

  10. @Ammini, its more or less real, err almost

    @Funnywriter, Chompy did 😀

    @Girl Bites, you’d be wise not to – entering second time I mean 😀

    @Hari Shanker, yes its fun isnt it?

    Comment by Cris — September 9, 2008 @ 12:25 | Reply

  11. found ya!!!! u never left a blog trail on me blog but i hunted ya down. 😀

    i can think of nothing else but chicken nuggets rite now … dying of hunger. so roop shall go eat now. thanks for the inspiration, ;p

    Comment by Roop — September 10, 2008 @ 00:20 | Reply

  12. @Roop, haha thanks for hunting me down dear! Me and mah blog is honored to have ya here! Roop you just joined my enemy’s side! Nuggets have been competing with me in drawing my friend’s attention and now they have got you too!

    Comment by Cris — September 10, 2008 @ 10:23 | Reply

  13. Hi,
    Very well narrated with a bit of Cris attack here and a lot of anything that is not an easy thing there.
    I liked the raised-eyebrow test, one of the sudden enlightenments that always happen at dire circumstances.
    Nuggets should be nuggets and cutlets should be cutlets!!

    Comment by Salil — September 15, 2008 @ 08:02 | Reply

  14. @Salil, thank you! Yes there was a lot of Cris attacks and additions 😀 – the raised-eyebrow test almost always work except, I found out, when you have a dedicated chomper in the premises!

    Comment by Cris — September 15, 2008 @ 18:05 | Reply

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