Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Here's the Four Questions, over ice, with a shot of espresso, two splenda, and soy milk

Q. What is Dave wearing?

A. Dave is wearing his striped Rugby World Cup 2012 shirt. He purchased it last year in New Zealand, about a week after the Canterbury earthquake that miraculously killed no one and caused little damage. When he and Britt returned to the US after that trip, they said the aftershocks in Christchurch felt like standing on a boat in choppy water. They described the experience as cool and exciting. They were mortified six months later when one of those aftershocks killed hundreds of people and destroyed homes, businesses, landmarks, and infrastructure. Dave felt guilty that he had spoken so boastfully about the previous earthquake. He felt like who, six months ago, gone on and on about how he had just made sizable donations to a bright, energetic, young political candidate, and now realized that the candidate in question is Idi Amin.

Q. What kind of mood is Dave in?

A. Dave wants to be in an upbeat mood.

Q. What are the factors affecting Dave's mood?

A. Dave woke up early this morning, and went to Starbucks, as he did yesterday. However, despite the plentiful supply of coffee, Dave doesn't feel fully awake. Dave blames Starbucks for playing the slow folksy coffeehouse music it usually plays at 7 or 8 p.m., instead of something with a bit more uptempo.

Q. What do Dave, Britt, and Douglas Adams have in common this year?

A. Britt and Dave celebrate their third anniversary this year. If you take the digits that make up the date of their anniversary, and multiply the positive integers, you get 42.

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