Boy vs. Girl in the World Series of Love
November 9, 2010 8:54 AM Subscribe
Husband vs. Wife. The challenge? "In a typical household situation, does every statement you make or question you ask require
a verbal or visual response from the other person?"
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Grab Bag (108 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Help settle a good-natured argument between me and Mrs. Cool Papa Bell. Let's call it the "Roger Wilco" problem.
* In a typical household situation, does every statement you make or question you ask require a response from the other person?
* In other words, must every communication be responded do in some fashion, as if you were saying "Roger Wilco" to everything?
* "Roger Wilco" is defined here as being verbal (e.g. "Uh-huh," "I got it," or "Yes") or visual (e.g. a nod of the head, a wave of the hand).
* Persons A and B are in the same room, watching television.
* Person A gets up to head to the kitchen.
* Person B says, "While you're up, can you get me a glass of water, please."
* Person A does not perform the "Roger Wilco," but does indeed return with a glass of water.
* Person B: "Did you hear me?"
* Person A: "I brought you the water, didn't I?"
* Person B: "Yes, but could you let me know you heard me? At least grunt or something."
* Person A: "Geezus, am I supposed to say 'Roger Wilco' to everything? I'm right here. We're not communicating by battlefield radio."
BTW, Mrs. Cool Papa Bell endorsed my plan to ask this question and is eager for responses, because she thinks I'm crazy old galoot and I (lovingly) think she's a harridan.