Archive for December, 2004

yeah, I know what you mean

Friday, December 3rd, 2004

Roughly paraphrased from “Without A Paddle”:

Burt Reynolds: I spent 33 years in this cabin waiting for my life to get better.
Matthew Lillard: Yeah, I know what you mean.
Burt Reynolds: Have you spent 33 years living in a cabin?
Matthew Lillard: No.
Burt Reynolds: Then how can you know what I mean??

This is the most common response I get both from close friends and strangers when I tell them I have narcolepsy. I’m not sure why, but they always say: “Yeah tell me about it. By the time afternoon rolls around I am really dragging.”

It’s always struck me as a little odd. Do they react the same way to anyone they meet with a disorder? If I told them I had Tourettes would they respond: “Goat licker you ain’t kiddin! I’ve had this fucking facial tick for three scrotum sucking years…years.”

I’ll have to test that one out on a co-worker.