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."
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