#1: It’s a Sign!
Reading random road signs out loud as we pass.
The other one: “Huh?”
Repeats random road sign while car speeds on.
#2: It’s a Sigh!
#3: Life Goals
Me: “My goal word for 2019 is ‘vibrance’.”
Louis: “Goal word?”
“Yeah, I’m slotting all my other goals under one mega-goal. Like vibrance in health, wealth, whatevs. Like how we talked about growing micro-greens in the window sill, like Cathari does. That would fall under it. And, say, Bikram. Now, you pick one for you.”
Louis thinks for a while, hugging a turn around the pass, glancing in his rearview mirror, then says, “Dictator for life.”
I laugh, “No, man, seriously, something shorter. Pithy, you know?”
“Okay, then… Dick.”
#4: Future Home Improvements
Talking about plans to remodel our 1956 ranch house in Manchester, which according to our neighbor is architecturally known as an “atomic ranch.”
Me: “I think I’ve finally settled on an interior design aesthetic. What about a mid-century African vibe?”
#5: The Name of Things
Me as we drive through the Klein Karoo, filled with farms: “If we owned a farm, what would its name be?”
Louis: “Well, obviously… Atomic Ranch.”
We stop at an authentic South African restaurant for a late lunch. “How about the ‘ostrich carpaccio’ to start?” I suggest.
“Where do you see that?” Louis asks, scanning the menu again. I lean over and point to the item on his menu, “It’s under ‘salads’.”
“Of course it is.”