Have you ever had one of those moments when the universe grabs you by the collar, smacks you upside the head, spins you around on your heels, grabs your chin and forces your head in the direction of someone, screaming, “Him (or her)! You belong with HIM (or HER)!”
My boyfriend and I spent last Saturday running errands. We were driving a van full of donations for a charity sale out to Lake Echo, about half an hour out of town. We turned on the radio to keep us company on the drive, catching some random talk radio program.
We caught the very end of a story that sounded like a store had banned men from entering the lingerie section, and moved right into an interview with a man who had lived in the wilderness with a moose for four months. He talked about his upcoming book, Living with Kunga, and demonstrated moose calls for hunger and frustration. I couldn’t hear the difference, but Corey said he thought frustration had an upward inflection at the end. I thought the book would be a great gift for my dad.
They moved on to a story about an environmental phenomena discovered in Alberta – a wind that was blowing straight down! They talked to a wind scientist who discussed how it was possible in great detail, and we thought that sounded pretty cool.
Next they reminded listeners of their most shapely province contest. Write in with your favourite shaped province! That sparked a whole new conversation. Corey likes textured borders of BC and straight lines of Saskatchewan. I’ve always been a sucker for Manitoba. It’s like Saskatchewan, but with a tumor growing out of its head.
It wasn’t until they did a piece on Vancouver’s Tic Talks, the tweeter’s answer to Ted Talks, that we started to realize something was up. Feeling that the Ted Talks 20 minute format was far too long, Tic Talks gives speakers 9 seconds to describe their passion. Because, if we can’t retweet your revolution, then we don’t want to be part of it.
Corey and I looked at each other.
“Is this…” he started.
“…fake news?” I finished.
And then we both started laughing.
The straight-down wind, the shapely province contest, the man who lived with a moose, we fell for it all! We even discussed each story. In detail.
We felt stupid.
And, totally meant for each other.
Thank you, universe. Message received.
PS, the show was CBC’s This is That. I kind of love it.
Moose @ Flickr
Manitoba @ Flickr
LOL Cat @ icanhascheezburger