Picking up my dog’s prescription at the Walmart pharmacy the other day, the pharmacy clerk asked name and birthdate, which I gave. “Is he a basset hound?” she asked.
“No, he’s a beagle-mix. Close, though. What made you think basset hound?”
“His name, Jebediah, it reminds me of a basset hound, like in Smokey and the Bandit and the sheriff in Dukes of Hazard….what was his name?”
I thought for a moment, “Rosco P. Coltrane.”
“And his name was Jebediah?”
“I don’t remember his name, but Jebediah made me think of him.”
How she leapt from those to Jebediah I do not know, but it worked. Almost. Close enough. I was impressed anyway.
I think she should get a bonus for being the best conversationalist at her store.