Up Close & Dangerous
A colleague of mine took the hit today. While I was away tending to some behind the scenes technical garbage, he said that a woman walked up to him at the Reference Desk, leaned in close and barked, “Up close and dangerous.” He was startled as there was no salutation of any kind leading up to that. Then he said that she leaned in even closer, and with a gleam in her eye snapped, “Up close and dangerous!” once again.
After what I can only imagine to be a disgusted, “Excuse me?” from my coworker, she explained that Up Close and Dangerous is a book she was looking for. My colleague was elated to hear this, for he needed no longer fear for his life. If she queried me that way, I would have been tempted to retort, “Far away, and safe.” I can only imagine the ensuing conversation:
Me: Your turn.
Her: [Stunned silence]
Me: The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!
Her: I don’t understand?
Me: I thought we were doing a word association thing?