Well. Holy shit.
How long as it been since we’ve done of these? “Damned long time,” some of you are saying. Meanwhile, others among you are saying, “Not damned long enough.”
I apologize to those folks. Buckle up.
So, yes, the, “Ask Dayton” feature returned to the G and T Show yesterday, inflicted upon helpless hosts Terry Lynn Shull, Nick Minecci, and Mike Medeiros during a vulnerable moment while taking a breather as they brought their audience the latest happenings in and around the various neighborhoods of the “Star Trek Universe.”
What we have this time?
We have heard stories about your meme war with a certain member of G & T. Would you care to elaborate on it? What’s the best meme you’ve exchanged? What’s the worst? And have either of you used the Nuclear Option yet?
I’ve come to the conclusion that doing the “Ask Dayton” thing is a lot like working for the CIA. You never really stop doing either, and just when you think you’re out and safe and finally free to live a normal life away from danger and intrigue, they pull you right back in.
Anyway, yes, it’s true: I’ve been known to engage in friendly and occasionally competitive picture and internet meme exchanges with a member of the G&T Show. I’m worried about outing this person and subjecting them to undue scrutiny and perhaps even persecution and online lynch mobs, so for security reasons I’m going to refer to him by the alias “Nick Minecci.”
Wait. Shit. I misread my notes just then. Ah, well. Fuck it.
So, what’s the deal with this? It’s a bit of rude, sometimes crude, but ultimately harmless fun. The same way you don’t watch an R-rated flick or porn while your kids are playing on the living room floor, so too do Nick and I periodically exchange jokes and pics of the sort we both feel aren’t appropriate for all audiences.
Most of the stuff we pass back and forth is military themed, as we poke fun at the establishment we both love while sometimes wanting to punch it in the balls. There are also the diversions into various news items or current events, and the frequent pokes at pop culture, fandom, and the idiots in our midst.
(Psst…there really are a tremendous number of just dumbass people walking around, you know? I mean, a lot. Just sayin’.)
Then there are all the Bill Cosby jokes we’ve been making, which really deserve their own category.
As you might imagine, the stakes can get pretty high in a game like this, where you’re trying to out-meme the other person. You cast caution to the winds. You’re wandering the halls without a pass. You stick your judgment, good taste, common decency, and basic humanity in a lockbox. You’re working without a helmet or a net. Nick even leaves his PT belt at home. That’s when you know this shit is getting real. You go Full Trump, by golly.
Every once in a while, we take a break from that sort of silly shit, like when we find ourselves discussing the comedic stylings of Andrew Dice Clay, engaging in quote wars from favorite films (Midnight Run like a mother fucker, y’all!), and yammering back and forth while watching the same football game. Hey, you deal with your insomnia your way, and leave us to what works for us, all right?
As for the so-called “Nuclear Option,” I actually had to seek clarification on this, and I received this reply:
“I suppose it could mean, exchanged a meme that had brought the “meme battle” to an abrupt end. Perhaps it was so bad it left the other speechless or pissed the other off to the point where there is no way to respond to it. To me, it just seemed like a fun way to describe the meme to end all memes. Something along those lines.”
Yeah, that happens every so often. I’m not going to cite specific examples, because, you know….ew. However, there have been times when the spirited back-n-forth will reach such a fevered pitch that one of us will cull some picture from an obscure corner of the Dark Web or perhaps Satan’s blog, and share it to the utter shock and even revulsion of the recipient. I don’t know that either of us has actually pissed off the other person, but there have been times when the response to a particular picture is something along the lines of “Dude………really? REALLY?” before we both skulk back to our respective corners.
(FYI: When I say “One of us,” I really mean, “Nick.”)
So, there’s your peek into the Secret Meme Wars. I’ve sat here for a couple of minutes trying to find a zinger line to close out this answer, and after careful consideration I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really only one way to go, here:
This question and its answer was read during G&T Show Episode #215 on November 22nd, 2015. You can hear Nick read the answers each week by listening live, or check out the replay/download options when the episode is loaded to their website: The G and T Show. Listeners are also encouraged to send in their own questions, one of which will be sent to me each week for a future episode.
As always, thanks to Nick, Terry and Mike for including me in on their shenanigans.