Grumpy Old Ganz


Dazed and Confused

I’m sure most of us, at one point or another, have mispronounced words or sentences. I have and it usually happens more often than I’d like to admit.

One afternoon while spending time with family and friends, we were discussing the unusual events that we all had experienced and...I might add...having a good laugh about it!

We happened to get on the topic of bear encounters and the conversation led to Jack saying “the arden of geden”. Befuddled, we asked him to repeat what he had just said. Still confused, the rest of us looked at each other as if to say...could someone please translate?

Minutes passed, we shrugged our shoulders and moved on to the topic of cats. We talked about the odd things they did from time to time. Jack asked, “Gabears?” We didn’t ask for a translation, just glanced at one another and moved on.

Our discussion continued encompassing biblical places located around the world. Jack again joined the conversation stating “what cants?” At this point, someone asked him to go make a pizza.

Jack returned and questioned, “Isn’t that place I mentioned earlier cloaked or something?” He added, “Like the Klingon ships from Star Trek?” With a dazed look, I knew he didn’t understand.

Suddenly it hit me. I understood his humorous intentions and said, “You mean the ‘Garden of Eden’ where the bears and cats live under a cloaking device of a Klingon ship?” Jack knew what he had said, smiled, and chuckled, and went off to tend to the pizza as we wiped tears from our eyes.

You have to admit we have all fallen prey to this sort of jesting and it can make for a good laugh for everyone involved.




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