I was standing in line for the ATM at the farmer’s market. A guy came up to me and said, “This is the line for the ATM?” I affirmed, and he said gravely, “I’ve made a huge mistake.”
Now it is 99% obvious that he was making an Arrested Development reference, and this fact hung heavily in the air while I contemplated various possible reactions: Fist bump? A hearty “Right on”? Tell him “The mere fact that you call making love ‘pop pop’ tells me you’re not ready”? Just go straight into the chicken dance? But of course these scenarios cannot be played out by persons as aloof and awkward as myself, and thus I just said “Heh” and we continued to wait in line.
An opportunity squandered.