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On Saturday just gone we had our daughter's belated birthday party at the local bowling alley. At the end the parents come to pick-up their kiddies. Anyway while the little'uns finished off their burgers and pizzas I usually have a chin-wag with the parents. So this one mother and I were chatting (nothing special, just general gibberish) and she mentioned that her car is going in next week to have a tow bar fitted, so I said: "What're ya looking for? a boat or a caravan?" She replied that next year they're looking for a boat. I quipped back: "Ah. Just as well, really. A caravan doesn't float too well." She turned and looked at me as if I'd grown an extra head. :tumbleweed:

The ma-in-law said my face had turned a little red. When I whispered what I told the mother she laughed like a drain.

Your stories when a chinwag goes flat.

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

Does that sort of thing happen to you a lot?

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

Don't beat yourself up, PP. You were trying to inject some humour into an unbearably dull conversation.

In future, if someone offers an anecdote about tow-bars, simply make your excuses and walk away.

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

plastic penguin wrote:

laughed like a drain.

puzzled

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

Clearly she had gone through the grey stage and was now the living dead,  I look for the signs early to determine whether your efforts are going to be wasted and avoid the silence.

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

To be fair, I'd say that was a pretty good line, especially if it was off the cuff.

The only thing I can think is that she is  a bit thick.

Either that, or you are very ugly and she thought you were trying it on! Wink

 

 

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

My comments often get me in trouble.

A while back, myself and Mrs. Cno were talking about the whole burial / cremation thing - can't remember why.

I told her (if in the unlikely event, she went first), that given she was such a good time keeper  ohhh sure, I would bury her ashes under the sundial (yup, I have a sundial in a country where it never stops raining doh! ).......I had to beat a very hasty retreat.

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

fr0g wrote:

To be fair, I'd say that was a pretty good line, especially if it was off the cuff.

The only thing I can think is that she is  a bit thick.

Either that, or you are very ugly and she thought you were trying it on! Wink

 

 

"And you, sir, are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be towbarred"

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

John Duncan wrote:

fr0g wrote:

To be fair, I'd say that was a pretty good line, especially if it was off the cuff.

The only thing I can think is that she is  a bit thick.

Either that, or you are very ugly and she thought you were trying it on! Wink

 

 

"And you, sir, are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be towbarred"

someone's been reading their book of Churchill quotes!  Smile

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

fr0g wrote:

To be fair, I'd say that was a pretty good line, especially if it was off the cuff.

The only thing I can think is that she is  a bit thick.

Either that, or you are very ugly and she thought you were trying it on! Wink

 

 

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RE: When a conversation falls flat.

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"And you, sir, are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be towbarred"

Eight out of ten for that one, JD. 

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plastic penguin wrote:

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Send this to Spiny Norman with my regards Smile

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Maybe they had a caravan that was re-sited last winter by 15ft of flood water help, I`m sinking

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strapped for cash wrote:

John Duncan wrote:

"And you, sir, are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be towbarred"

Eight out of ten for that one, JD. 

I was disappointed that I had to make 'towbar' into a verb.  The alternative was "tomorrow I shall have a towbar", which I thought worked less well.

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