I spoke on the phone with an old friend recently. You might know that this is a big deal, because I hate phones. That means I must really love talking to this person if I can handle talking to her on the phone.
We have known each other for more than ten years, but haven't seen each other regularly in three (I've been living on the other side of the country).
During the course of the conversation, we talked a bit about how it annoys us when people are super late for important things (weddings), and we discussed how there are some events for which it is acceptable to be not-punctual (birthday parties). I, of course, said the following:
"Sometimes, I plan to show up late, just so I'm not all awkward-early for a party or something. I'm like a wizard, you know? I always arrive precisely when I mean to."
My friend had no clue what I was talking about, so I told her, "It's from Lord of the Rings. Gandalf says, 'A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.' That's me."
And she laughs and says, "I cannot believe you just quoted Lord of the Rings!!!"
I guess I let my nerd-flag fly a little high that day, guys.
Has this ever happened to you? Please tell me I'm not the only one to let my too-cool-for-school exterior slip.