Dear 100 Hour Board,
so, the other day, a boy handed me a pull tab from an aluminum can the other day. Apparently, there is a code that you have to live by when someone hands you it. If it comes with nothing in the middle, it's just a hug. If some of the metal comes off, it's a kiss, etc. Do you know the exact "rules" for this, and how it came about?
- fjord girl
I don't, but I think it's a bit foolish. Here. I will make another rule you have to live by. You get your paycheck. If it ends in an even number, you have to buy me a strawberry-rhubarb pie. If it ends in an odd number, you only have to buy me a soda.
I have no right to either make up the rule, or to try and force it upon you, and unless you wanted to buy me a pie or a soda anyway, you'd be a fool to do it, just because you got a paycheck.
An ex-boyfriend taught me a game involving tapping a pattern on the dashboard of a car when you see a one-headlighted car. If the girl did it first, the guy had to buy her ice cream. If the guy did it first, he got to kiss the girl. Now, being a fan of kissing, we generally played that whoever did it first won a kiss, and left ice cream out entirely. But I played because I would have kissed him anyway. If I were in the car with some guy I didn't want to kiss, and he tapped it out, there's no way I'd feel obligated to kiss him. And though I still tap the pattern out of an amused sort of habit, I claim to be saving the kisses I've won for someone I want to kiss, instead of whoever's in the car with me.
Man, oh man, that was more rambling than you wanted to hear.
The points I want you to come away with, though, are these.
1. You don't have to live by this code, obviously.
2. I don't know the rules, specifically.
3. That's mainly because there are so many "codes" of this kind, and it's impossible to keep track of them all. Even within the same "code," there are endless variations.
4. And I suspect that the reason there are so many codes and variations is because someone heard of another code like that, and thought it would be fun to have. Or because people are fond of win-win situations, fond of hugging and kissing, and found another way to work those in, supposing the other party cooperates. There's your history.
And your novel of an answer.