Conversations of the Blue Chairs

21 Sep

Yesterday, I realized why getting the blue chairs back was a vital mission. A bunch of the history students used them as a gathering place to study, converse and laugh. It may sound crazy to some, but I believe that times like these are just as important to the college experience as sitting in class. The blue chairs, and places like them, are where bonds are formed and knowledge is exchanged. The fact that I can eavesdrop makes it even better.

All kinds of things could be heard as more and more students came around. There were complaints about professors. There were complaints about other students. There were also stories of fun and frivolity that has been taking place around campus and around town.

Then, it happened. The students became embroiled in a historical debate. Voices became louder as each student took a side, and I began to wonder what they could be talking about. They were studying for a test in my class on the Middle East. Could it be something about the beginnings of Judaism, Christianity or Islam? Could it be about whether or not aliens built the pyramids?

Uh, ok.

It wasn’t any of those. When they finally needed an expert opinion, I was asked, “What year was the Declaration of Independence signed?” At that moment, I knew that I had failed in my mission to educate the young adults of our great nation. When I regained my composure, I gave them the answer – 1776.

Guys, it’s 1773, but let’s say it’s 1776 just to mess with everybody.

7 Responses to “Conversations of the Blue Chairs”

  1. John September 21, 2012 at 15:30 #


    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 21, 2012 at 16:57 #


  2. Madame Weebles September 22, 2012 at 01:33 #

    This isn’t just heartbreaking, it’s disgusting.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 22, 2012 at 04:12 #

      I was so stunned that it took me a few seconds to tell them the answer.

  3. Butterfly September 22, 2012 at 02:53 #

    glad they didn’t ask you about the date as well. Lol.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 22, 2012 at 04:12 #

      Ha. I was almost too stunned to answer.


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