Saturday, March 31, 2012

Good Gum...

I promised all of you a story here a while back... and well... now's as good a time as any.

One day back in college I happened to head out for a drive with a good friend and his brother. We were in a regular cab pickup and sittin' three wide so it didn't take much to talk from one end to the other.

Now I've already told you all about my penchant for gum back in the day, so as we were driving along... I pulled out my pack and took me a piece.

I knew it would be rude not to share, so I offered it around the cab of the pickup, and both of the brothers looked at me and said, "Yep, I'll have a piece." And here's where the story really begins...

When the gum was unwrapped and everyone was chewing along nicely, one of them said, "You never turn down gum when it's offered." The other said, "Youbet." Then they began to tell me a story...

"One time we were riding around in a pickup just like this. I was driving and he was sitting over by the door and there was another guy sitting in the middle. Now I don't know what this guy had for lunch but his breath was making the paint peel off the roof and being in the middle of a small cab... neither one of us could get away. To top it all off... he couldn't stop talking. Motor mouth to the extreme and was gassing up the cab.

It was cold outside, so there was no rolling down the window without freezing, and finally he [one brother] had an idea. He pulled out a pack of gum and took a piece and started chewing.

'Hey, do you want a stick?' 'Yeah, I do. Do you want some?' he said to motor mouth. 'No... I'm good.' was the reply. So along they went down the road with their eyes watering and motor mouth just rambling on and on and on...

'Damn... this is some good gum isn't it.' 'Yeah, it is. Are you sure you don't want any?' 'No... I'm good.' until finally we'd simply had enough.

'Dude... your breath is horrible, take some f*cking gum.'

'Oh... sorry about that.'"

So then one of them looks at me and says... "When someone you offers you gum, you take it whether you want to or not." And I just laughed.

Today's mystery lyric: (Remember the rules folks, no online searching of the lyrics, if you don't know it, you don't have the answer!)

Hey, what's the circumstance
You'll never be great without taking a chance
So, wait you waited too long
Had your hands in your pocket
When you should've been gone.

Answer to last lyric: It's a Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock and Roll by AC/DC.