The Perfect Set Up

It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

The who family was sitting at the dinner table and we were discussing different kinds of food.

We recently had to instate a rule that The Goon Squad tries a new food every day. The pickiness in our house had gotten completely out of control. Claudia was down to eating about six different things total and the level of drama every time something new was even suggested was totally over the top. This seems to be working for us.

The subject of quiche came up. I was explaining that a quiche was basically an egg pie with different things in it and that it was delicious when my four year old son, who to the best of my knowledge has never even seen “Sixteen Candles”, said “How do you spell quiche?”

And I got to say – completely in context – “You don’t spell it son, you eat it.”


It was almost as awesome as the time Aaron got to say “There is something strange afoot at the Circle K.” and there really was some odd activity going down in the parking lot.

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  1. That is awesome!

    I love it when that stuff happens.

    Makes my entire week when I can quote something from Life of Brian totally in context.

  2. ..and now the “sixteen” year old is a mother having problems with her teenage girls, one is pregnant at fifteen (or did she have the baby yet?)

    Can you say, “wow, that was a long time ago.”

    Hey, Sarah, I have all the Nirvana albums, also, and I’m a Grandfather.

  3. Meant to be, man. You have to seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities before they pass you by. They may never appear again. Way to think on your feet (or chair, but whatever).

  4. It took a while for my son-in-law to get used to my movie-quote-loving family but now it’s in there with the best of them. When we say “Game over, Man!” or “If it bleeds, VE can kill it.” he knows EXACTLY what we mean.

    Of course, we don’t normally use those quotes to refer to something at the dinner table. Not usually.

  5. You aren’t alone in the picky-eaters category. I find that my boys not only have picky tastes, but they have CHANGING picky tastes. Something that they WILL eat and LIKE on one day, they won’t necessarily eat or like the next day. I think of it sort of like a very small AND MOVING target. It drives my wife nuts. It drives me nuts, too, listening to them whining at the dinner table, but my poor wife really gets frustrated after she spends so much time and effort trying to make a meal that they’ll eat.

    Love the 16 Candles quote though, that’s awesome!

  6. Awesome.

  7. You are the Queen, there is no denying it.

  8. Awesome. AWESOME!!

  9. That is AWESOME. You betcha!

  10. You are one lucky girl!

  11. My favorite, favorite movie of all time…I can almost quote the entire movie. I think I need to go re-rent it…Thanks for the memories. And, we have the same pickiness at our household – my six year old keeps refusing to eat things…..

  12. Nope, that’s more awesome than the Circle-K line. Because weird shit happens all the time in convenience store parking lots, but kids almost never ask how to spell what they’ve just been served.

  13. “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”

    Yet again, you’ve hit on a reference that I make all the time… inevitably resulting in little but dumbfounded stares from the people around me.

    I think I need a new posse.

  14. This is exactly why I love you.

  15. That’s just beautiful.

    When my kids were small we used to quote from Mulan a lot. I’m kinda glad, though, that no one ever said “I ain’t bitin’ no more butts” in context. lol

  16. Be scared if the phrase “my grandma felt me up” ever comes into play.

  17. Apryl's Antics says:

    Once when I was in LV at a sales meeting, my boss, some coworkers, and I went to a restaurant that required reservations. So, one girl got on her phone outside and called them to make some. I told her to say she was “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago”. Only my boss got it. He instantly won points in my book.

  18. Aprylsantics says:

    I tried to comment, but it didn’t seem to get published, so if I’m repeated, sorry.

    I went to a restaurant in LV with my boss and some coworkers. It required reservations, so one of us called them from our cell to make some. I told her to tell them that she was “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.” Only my boss got it. He won points in my book.

  19. Whenever we are traveling and stay in a hotel I like to tell the kids, “And this here’s the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don’t ruin your appreciation of the finer things.”

    No one was happier than I when our toddler put my underwear on his head, just so I could tell him, “Son, you got a panty on your head.” I know, it wasn’t pantyhose, but it still worked.

  20. the circle k line… very funny

  21. I exploit every opportunity to say that “there are strange things afoot at the circle K”.

  22. I could so hear you explaining this to them and couldn’t stop laughing even before getting to that classic line.

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