Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Conversations Overheard

One of my favorite things is judging high school speech competitions; and frankly, volunteering is one of my better character traits (these are few, so I must make note). Before I bloviate, let me get to the good stuff.

An interesting quirk of mine is I love to eavesdrop, especially around teenagers.

Here's a conversation overheard in the judges' lounge (these guys were probably 19 yrs-old):

"Dude, you judgin?"
"Yeah. You?" Brown Jacket Guy (BJG) asked.
"Yeah. Dude, you still with your partner?" Hairy Leg Dude (HLD) asked, clearly not realizing it SNOWED. He wore SHORTS.
"Nah. She went to BYU. I went to Basic."
"Oh. BYU. That's bad."
"Those guys down there are players." BJG said.
"She was hot." HLD lounged back and crossed his hairy legs.
"Judge any hot girls today?" HLD sipped his water bottle.
"Actually..." BJG smiled. "I judged O.O. and this one girl was --"
"Remember that competition last year and those --"
"Yeah. That was chill." Both pause.
"What are you majoring in?" BJG asked.
"Electrical Engineering."
"That's a lot of math."
"Yeah, but I'm keeping it all balanced," HLD said.
"Our frat parties at least four nights a week."
"Yeah. Friday classes are tough cuz Thursday's our biggest drinking night, but it's chill."
"You think ballots are out?"
HLD and BJG left to check the ballot table.


Why were these guys judges? Shouldn't they have been out developing their fuliguline skills, raising rabbits, or sharpening their basic training blades? Yup, that's a bad habit of mine: judging others unfairly. Maybe they *were* good judges.

And, I have a secret to confess... while sitting there, I pretended to read. I even turned the pages.

Crusader Challenge #1: complete. And I did it in only 251 words.

Can you find the lie?


  1. Hmm, maybe that he was wearing shorts in the snow? Great story.

  2. Dude. I love judging high school speech competitions because I am always blown away by how amazing they are :) So I'm guessing (hoping?) that the guys in your story weren't really judges?? Chill :)

  3. Good entry. I'm guessing that the fact that they are only nineteen is the lie. I have a hard time believing a contest like that would have such young judges, especially ones who can barely hold a normal conversation. Happy Crusading!

  4. Ooh, that's tough. I'll say you overheard the conversation (most of it) but that they weren't judges.

  5. Excellent job fellow crusader. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. I forgot to even look for a lie, this was so entertaining! By the way, I have a 15-year-old, and her guy friends wear shorts all year round. In Colorado. Craziness :)

  7. Margo, nice to meet a fellow crusader.

    I swear, I see at least one student come in with shorts or a t-shirt no matter how cold or snowy it is! I love when they complain they're cold so they want to wear a jacket in class even though there's a no jacket inside rule.

  8. haha great entry for the challenge! I can't pick the lie.

  9. This was original and hilarious. You snuck the mandatory words in without drawing attention to them. I've read so many of these entries that this was a nice refresher.

    <3 Gina (fellow dystopian crusader)

  10. Hello fellow crusader! I am a tad bit late, the whole house has been sick all week. So, I just thought I would pop in and just say Hi! :D

    hmm....fib? it really wasn't the judges lounge you were in! :D

  11. Hello to a fellow crusader :)