We were walking down the avenue discussing vexing things.
That is, Mr. Tee (a good friend of the professor’s) and this professor were.
I was being my usual professorish self, and Mr. Tee was being his normal vexing self. I’m not sure how we got on the topic, but we were talking about the art of how to make decisions quickly.
“You see,” I was saying, “this professor knows how to make up his mind on the spot. There’s usually no hesitation or dread. I just do it. Quick as a professorish professor.”
“You do?” Mr. Tee questioned.
“I was born with the ability.”
“At times, you’re strange.”
We continued on, down the avenue when, suddenly, we were stopped by a young girl.
“Sir,” she said to me, “do you have a moment?”
The professor answered in the affirmative.
Mr. Tee smiled, seemingly interested himself.
“Well, I need you to tell me which of these two pictures scares you the most. This is for a debate. I’m trying to say that sea creatures are scarier than land creatures. What do you think?”
The girl then proceeded to show this professor two photos–which were close to these:
“Which is scarier?” she asked.
“I’m in a bit of a hurry,” the girl added.
“Get on with it,” my friend said, “remember your gift.”
“Would it be the silhouette of the shark or the bears that scare you the most?” the girl asked.
“Come on, P. VJ.” Mr. Tee was smiling.
Desperation had finally set in. “Dadblameit, can I have a moment to say what I think?!”
That fetched them. Both became perfectly quiet.
“Now, you see,” I began, “bears are scary creatures because of their size and irascibility. Sharks, on the other hand, especially those who only show their silhouettes, are scary because of their dumbness and sharp teeth. So I would say, fear whichever one is angrier at the moment.”
“Thanks for nothing.” The girl left.
“See?” I said, turning to Mr. Tee, “some people just can’t make decisions on their own. They have to ask others to help them. Never be that way, Mr. Tee.”
Mr. Tee nodded approvingly.