Friday, March 11, 2011

Of 200 Posts and I Like That

Incidentally, this is my 200th post :-D

I was browsing through music videos of singer John Mayer on Youtube days back and got this performance from Any Given Thursday. And while I'm itching to hear him sing his songs, I needed to listen to his little anecdote just before performing. I was not trying to absorb everything if not for this sentence:

"Never, ever underestimate the power of I like that"

And suddenly this story gushes to my head again. A story from two years ago, when I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague in the academy.

Me: Sige nga, sa tingin mo bakit walang Disneyland dito sa Pilipinas?
TJ: (Looking and quiet) Bakit?
Me: Ayaw ni Mickey Mouse. Kasi sabi niya, "Ayoko. Mas mahirap pa sila sa daga eh!" (and to think of it Mickey is a mouse right, but he's rich!)

After that conversation, I saw his face light up. And while I thought those were enough, what came next caught me by surprise.

"I like that. Napatawa mo ako."

Yes, I was caught by surprise by his words. After all, I don't give out jokes most of the time (thus people perceive me to be that serious -- suplada even) because I don't hit punchlines right and I deliver the silliest, corniest stories. Then there comes this guy who'd tell me right then and there that I was able to make him laugh (for real). Call it funny but I had to restrain my other former colleague, Jeff Cequena from reiterating TJ's words lest asthma will bug me again for laughing too much.

But seriously, it's one of those conversations I'd love to replay in my head.

Never, ever underestimate the power of I like that. Thank you John Mayer.

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