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Life in Washington: Scene 324--Respect for Elders

Overheard in public. All dialogue guaranteed verbatim.

Scene: Elevator in a downtown D.C. office building. A policy seminar has just finished at a think tank. The elevator is full of some leading lights of politics and education, plus three young interns.

The news and advertising video screen above the elevator control buttons flashes a report that today is the actor Jack Black's birthday and that he is turning 38.

"Look at that," says eager young intern; he's at most 22. "Can you believe Jack Black is turning 38?"

Intern #2, a perky young woman replies: "Won't that be really weird when Jack Black turns 40?"

Two women armed with briefcases, expensive suits and at least 30 years of professional experience and 50 long years on this planet exchange snickers, perhaps even a slight snort in the direction of the simple youths.

Intern #1 sizes up the dynamic and doesn't miss a beat. Just as the elevator doors open, he deepens his voice, puts on a serious face, and says, "Also, global warming."

By Marc Fisher |  September 14, 2007; 12:19 PM ET
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OK, I think I know who Jack Black is. I think I know what an elevator and global warming are. But I'm too old and feeble to understand the punchline of the post. Can somebody help me on this - and be sure to speak loudly so that I can hear you. Thanks.

Posted by: Josey | September 14, 2007 1:14 PM

Okay, I'm a 33 yr old guy and I completely missed that punch line.

Posted by: Missedit | September 14, 2007 1:44 PM

Get used to not getting things the older you get.

Posted by: Blentsk | September 14, 2007 2:15 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2007 2:16 PM

Heh heh heh, I got that and today is my 48th birthday!!!

*goes to join secret club*

Posted by: Greenbelt Gal | September 14, 2007 2:21 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2007 2:48 PM

#3 is trying to appear to be a serious type the the 50 somethings vice the frivolity of #1 and #2.

Posted by: Stick | September 14, 2007 2:48 PM

I'm 23, and I missed it too.

Maybe it's because I tend to be very light on how much pop culture of my generation I ingest.

Posted by: YourStrawberry23 | September 14, 2007 2:49 PM

In retrospect, the only thing I can think of is that he just blurted out a catchphrase of the time to appease the two women.

Posted by: Missedit | September 14, 2007 3:52 PM

What I took away from this is that boomers are full of themselves. DId I get it?

Posted by: JoeSchmoe | September 14, 2007 4:00 PM

I want back the one and a half minutes of my time that I spent reading this garbage.

Posted by: Minion | September 14, 2007 4:13 PM

Hey, 22 year-old fuzz face! I got yer global warming RIGHT HERE:


Posted by: Mister Methane | September 15, 2007 12:06 AM

That is hilarious.

Posted by: Tom | September 15, 2007 9:45 AM

someon's turning 40 is as much weird as global warming is true? didnt get it

Posted by: ALAM | September 15, 2007 12:54 PM

Golly, I got it immediately. I thought Fisher had overtold the joke and wasn't letting it tell itself enough. Apparently I was wrong.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 15, 2007 2:13 PM

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