Here’s how a coversation goes in winter.
– There’s another Antarctic expedition in the news, I see.
– Or is it the Arctic?
– What are the differences between the North and South Pole anyway?
– Good point. There’s features article for you.
– Or a board game fro Christmas. Forget your Kendall Mint Cake, go back three squares.
– And Prince Harry’s been out there.
– That was big news.
– Snow’s big.
– Do you remember a few years ago when you had to have the word snow in the title of any book for it to sell?
– I tried reading one.
– Snow can’t shift the story forward. Just comments on it. It’s a pathetic fallacy.
– Yeah, Pathetic. Unless you have an avalanche. That could shift the story.
– Could shift the snow. Do you know that the Innuits…
– The Innuits have over one hundred words for snow.
– That’s not strictly true. It’s just that in the Eskimo language…
– In the Eskimo language adjectives are integrated into the noun. So you have ‘fluffy-snow’, ‘slushy-snow’, ‘thick-snow’, ‘icy-snow’ and so on.
– Did you just make that up?
– Maybe. I may have read it somewhere.
– Do you just make stuff up in conversations?
-Yes. But after all, as Pilate says in St John’s Gospel ‘What is Truth?’
(This, by the way, is a good way to end all conversations on top. The best line in any gospel where Pilate not only out-herods Herod, he also out-Jesuses Jesus in fancy oblique comeback.)