Daily Archives: July 12, 2008

Guy Questions

I’m eating lunch and reading the New Yorker article about G.K. Chesterton. He had some pithy thing to say about American men removing their hats in elevators.

I ask Dawn across the table, “Do you think of elevators as rooms or vehicles?”

She looks up at me, gives me a completely blank WTF stare.

I laugh. “Is that a guy question?”

“It’s not a Dawn question,” she tells me, rolling her eyes.

The classic Guy Question comes from the movie Stand By Me, where certain of the boys argue whether Superman could take on Mighty Mouse. There’s some dispute about this, since Mighty Mouse is a cartoon, whereas Superman is a live-action TV show.

This also reminds me of how, when we landed at Dulles from Dublin, we had to ride one of those mobile lounge things from the B gates to the main terminal. Some young girls, let’s say 8 or 9 years old, were standing right in front of us. Their dad told them to hang on. They asked why and were surprised when he told them that we’d be moving. They thought we were just in some sort of waiting room.