We interrupt your normal crumpet scheduling with some domestic reportage.
Last month the Australian actress Isla Fisher said something I found vaguely interesting. That’s a headline in itself. Anyhow she described her relationship with husband Sacha Baron Cohen as being “not normal”. Here’s an extract from her recent interview with C Magazine*.
“It’s definitely not a normal relationship,’ she explained. “You know there have been times in the past with the guerrilla style film making of Borat and Bruno where there were surreal conversations: ‘How many people are suing us? Are you wanted in any states? Are you alive?’” You might be inclined to retort “Being married to Borat is not normal? No shit Sherlock”. I’d agree that it would involve some ahem unique experiences. The quote brings back memories of when I used to work with a lovely lady who just happened to married to Australia’s answer to Sacha Baron Cohen – one of the Chaser boys. ( Its a tenuous connection to fame but its the only one I’ve got so please indulge me ). I recall eavesdropping on a number of “surreal” phone conversations about impending court cases. In a lame attempt to be supportive I said ” You’ll never have a dull moment being married to that one. As opposed to being married to a software developer where you do get the occasional dull moment”. I also suggested that she take that job as a uranium analyst in Darwin if hubby got himself arrested again.
Now that I’ve finished bragging about knowing someone who’s married to a celebrity ( in Australia at least), I’ll cut to the point. While very few people’s husband’s are getting themselves arrested for pulling audacious pranks, most couples have their own surreal conversations. I’d argue that surreal is the conversational norm. If you were to eavesdrop on the banter that goes on in a typical household you’d conclude that most people are stark raving bonkers. To illustrate here’s a snippet of real life dialogue from Chez Abulous. I cant recall this conversation verbatim but it went something like;
Mumab: What were you watching?
Dadab: Good Game.*
Mumab: That show makes me feel old.
Dadab: It makes me feel old too.
Mumab: You know why it makes me feel old? Its because I think that those attractive young people shouldn’t be wasting their time with that gaming crap. They should be getting out in the fresh air. Now I sound like our parents and that’s just scary.
Dadab: That’s NOT the reason it makes me feel old. Its makes me feel old because I feel like I’ve seen every one of those games before a hundred times. There’s nothing novel or original anymore. But there is this Oculus Rift thing coming up and it will be revolutionary.
Mumab: I have a blog friend called Oculus Mundi.*
Dadab: Okaay. I’m taking about Oculus Rift and it will be the best virtual reality out there. It’ll change everything. Can’t wait!
Mumab: Does that mean that soon we’ll all be like Tony Stark? We’ll be able to wave our hand about and multiple screens will appear in the air. Then we’ll do a bit of this stuff (I gesticulate wildly) and design a new element. Then we’ll go shag Pepper Potts while Loki opens a Tesseract on our roof.*
Dadab: Hehe Yeh – that’s right. Oculus Rift will open a time space portal on the top of our sky scraper.
After that exchange I realized that there’s a good reason why Mum and Dadabulous are together. Nobody else could cope with our respective nerdiness.
Are surreal conversations the norm in your family? Have you got any gems you’d like to share?
*What does the C stand for?
* A TV program on ABC 2 devoted to reviewing computer games. It is hosted by a cougar cub crumpet called Bajo and a hawt chick called Hex.
* I hope I can call you a blogging friend Ace. Directing my attention to Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead fame was an act of friendship. If you need an antidote to the usual Mummy blogging fodder Oculus Mundi is a cup cake free zone.
* Referencing both Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Clearly its time I attended a foreign film festival to drive this comic book crap outta my head. Parlez-vous français Fass?