She: “So I’m walking through the fair, and there’s this great big pot on a counter. I want it, but it’s so big that it wouldn’t work on our stove unless we used all four burners at the same time. And it’s so heavy, I can’t lift it!
“Then the director of your laboratory walks by and says ‘you don’t want that.’
“I want to tell him what for, but then I remember he’s the director of your lab, so I merely ask ‘why not?’
“He walks over to it and lifts the lid – which I hadn’t thought about doing. The pot only holds about a cup of water! The rest of the pot is solid metal. ‘That’s why not’, he says.
“‘No wonder I couldn’t lift it …”
“‘It’s for scientific experiments’, he finishes, as he picks the thing up himself (it suddenly got a lot smaller) and leaves.”
He: “Sweetheart, where did you get ahold of scientific equipment catalogs?”
She: “Scientific equipment catalogs?”
He: “What were you going to pay for this thing?”
She: “I wasn’t. Way too expensive.”
He: “I thought so. A perfect description of stuff in scientific catalogs. Overpriced and useless. And now I don’t know what to do.”
She: “About what?”
He: “About these catalogs. I don’t know whether to tell you to stop reading them, so you don’t have these nightmares any more, or to keep reading them and collect the nightmares for story ideas.”
She: “Gimme catalogs!!”