We went out to a fancy bar for Sarah Mclo's birthday on Saturday, the kind of place where Cosmos cost $14 and groups tend to stay in cliques. Never one to shy away from a challenging social atmosphere (and armed with Bec's pen and old CVS receipts), it was decided that I would approach random guys and ask them to write down a favorite quote. THIS was a brilliant idea because it convinced us that well-read men exist in 2007. And then immediately afterwards, it proved that illiterate men walk among us everyday in extraordinary numbers.
Without further ado, here are the quotes that were collected at the Cabana Bar in the Maritime Hotel on Saturday night:
"Adversity is no excuse, it's merely an obstacle we must overcome in order to achieve our goal." -T.S. Elliot
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi
"We do not weave the web of life, we're merely a strand in it. What we do to the web we do to ourselves." -Chief Seattle
"Love your neighbor like yourself." -Jesus Christ (we all agreed that it wasn't JC, but Moses who said this. But because the boy that wrote this one spoke with a British accent, we decided to let it slide.)
"No such thing as too aggressive." (And then, as if to prove a point, he wrote his phone number.)
"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -Vince Lombardi (At first I couldn't read his handwriting and thought he wrote "Writing" and thought I found my soulmate. And then someone told me Vince Lombardi is a sports figure and I rethought the soulmate idea.)
"I get money." ('Nuf said.)
"Word." "Quit it." "Buzzy like a fridge." (And these were from a couple of doctors from Columbia Presbyterian too.)
"You are pretty good looking. -someone to me" (Just when you thought egos couldn't get bigger...)
And finally, drum roll please, for the biggest idiot in the room:
I wish I was kidding about the spelling. Or the verb conjugation.