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Monday, October 10, 2011

“SAY SANDWICH”

“SAY SANDWICH”

My best friend in High School and College, Charlie, and I had a code for uncomfortable comments which might be taken out of context.  “Say Sandwich.”  It came from the punch line to a bad joke….OK, I’ll just summarize it.
 
Two teens were parked at the local “make-out stop” with girls they picked up at the mall.  In the back seat there were the remains of an old egg salad sandwich.  The couple in the front seat was passionately goin at it, the couple in the back…not so much.  Bored, the teen in the back reached for the old sandwich.  His “date” exclaimed, “you’re not going to eat that smelly old thing are you?” The young dude responded loudly and with much urgency (here comes the punch line) “SAY SANDWICH!”

I told you it was not a great joke, but the punch line stood the test of time.  If, for instance,  after a round of golf, Charlie made a comment at the local watering hole, “Next week I’d like to try out your balls.”  The quick response would be “SAY SANDWICH!”  We would laugh like hell and no one else had a clue why.
Several years ago I took my eight year old son to his favorite store, “Dick’s Sporting Goods.”  As we left the store in the presence of several people my son exclaimed loudly, “You know Dad, I love Dick’s.”  I still do not know how to explain to him my immediate knee jerk response. 

“SAY SANDWICH, SAY SANDWICH!”   

12 comments:

  1. Laughing so hard!! "I love Dicks" OMG! Ok, calming down and I totally get this. My brother and I have one. "Have a banana!" I won't even bother with the story but yes, we break out in uproarus (?)whenever the opportunity presents itself to say "Have a banana!" I'm laughing right now!

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  2. I laughed like a maniac as I read this. It caused my husband to look at me strangely - and that almost never happens.

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  3. Joe, that is hilarious! I can just imagine your reaction at your son's comment! Haha! And your son's at your random outburst of: "Say Sandwich!".
    My Roo is quite fond of telling the world: "I Huff Boobies" - even though she hasn't been breastfed for the better part of 2 years!

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  4. Thanks for the smile today! That is awesome!
    Susan
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  5. Love it! You make me laugh. Some friends and I have a similar shorthand phrase - Eskimo Phrasebook. I'd explain it but we'd be here all day.

    Visiting via the Rewind.

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  6. I'm not sure I 'get' the joke, must be American humour... But I think many of us have those phrases we use when there's nothing else to say.

    Visiting via the weekend rewind

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  7. That is gold! Your poor boy. He is probably still trying to work it out. Does he still like Dick's? Thanks for Rewinding x

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  8. Excellent! I'd love to borrow that phrase, but people already think I can be warped, and using a phrase, where no one knows what the hell I'm on about, would surely confirm that.

    My current favourite is shouting out Numberwang when my 8 year old comes up with some convoluted rules to a made-up game. (British Comedy: Mitchell and Webb reference)

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  9. Very funny! More people probably be need a code word or phrase for half the awkward stuff that comes pouring from their mouths!

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  10. Outrageously funny right down to the ending, I can see how this code word would have well gotten it's share of mileage over the years! Thanks for today's laugh, gotta share it with my hubby. :-)

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