Monday, July 26, 2010

Vampire Happiness

Okay, so tell me how weird this is. Jim and Clementine and I were away for the weekend at the Oregon coast, lovely lovely, more on that later, but anyway, we were in one of those crap beach shops that all sell the same schmaltz, and walked past a little shelf of tchotchkes, you know, little figurines with sayings on them, super tacky? And Jim pointed at one and said, "How funny. For some reason when I first glanced at that, I thought it said ..."

And as he began to speak, I glanced at the tchotchke in question, and I don't even remember what particular tackiness it was, a unicorn or a girl or whatever, but it had a little banner unfurled across the front (all ceramic) with a single word on it, and AS Jim was speaking, I glanced at it and thought for a split second that it said, "Vampire."

And then -- then -- Jim finished his thought, which was, " ... I thought it said 'vampire.'"

In fact, it said in plain block letters: HAPPINESS.

So I ask you, why -- why? -- did we BOTH, independently of one another, misread it to say "vampire"? Vampire looks nothing like happiness. Happiness looks nothing like vampire. I cannot explain it. Our brains are one.

Jim did say, and I have to agree, that if it had said "vampire" he would have bought it.

Ha ha!

Hope you had a lovely weekend too. I'll be back with Clementine beach pics! It was her FIRST TRIP TO THE BEACH and it was suitably adorable :-)

11 comments:

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Mwah Sweetie! (or as we'll both read it later: "Aah! Zombie!" ;)

xo
Husbles

aquafortis said...

I love that. Clearly you're meant for each other!

Amber said...

...and then you went and ate your breakfast of blood pancakes with blood oranges.

:)

Emilie said...

Love that, Laini! Too funny!

My husband and I have been married about half the time you and Jim have, but lately I've noticed we are weird like that, too. It's like we've each become half a person, and it's a good day when we half the right halves to make up the whole to do the job at hand, so to speak. I'm told it only gets worse the longer you're together...

Amy Baskin said...

Love it! A friend of ours calls me and Jason 'the Borg' because of our hive mind.

persnickety_jen said...

Brilliant. I have a habit of saying what my Boyfriend is thinking before he has a chance to say it out loud. I often tell him it's just another one of my mutant powers manifesting. :)

Amber Lough said...

Maybe it really did say vampire...but when it caught you looking, the unicorn/girl changed the letters, suddenly realizing it had revealed itself to the wrong group of people.

b said...

I loved this post. My husband and I do the same thing but then we have been married for 50 years. How could we not know what the other is thinking?
b

http://itcrossedmymindblog.blogspot.com

Laini Taylor said...

ha ha, love all the comments :-)

Amy, hive mind! The Borg! Awesome!

And btw, Jim remembered what the figurine was, I think he said it was a little bird with a basket of flowers or something. And he's wishing we had bought it, to paint out the "happiness" and fill in "vampire." Ah well, I am sure we will find such a *treasure* again!

anne said...

Had a similar experience with a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) signboard which said something about a $5 Feast and I read it (as did my son) as something about Jesus....

Anonymous said...

Recently Fatty I thought I saw a sign that said "79 cent tacos" but what it actually said was "78 cent tacos" and I was flipping OUT- how weird was THAT????