When I was in college, I was often asked what I was studying. Being somewhat of a wiseass, I would occasionally respond with, “Underwater basket weaving.”
I was really shocked when some girl I said that to commented, “Really, that’s so interesting. How do you actually do that?” she asked.
I decided to run with it. “Well,” I said, “I take thin, narrow strips of wood and interlace them, or weave them, in order to construct a basket.”
“And you do that underwater?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said, trying to keep a straight face. “That makes the strips of wood more pliant so they are less likely to snap or chip.”
“That’s amazing,” she said. “How much time does it take to weave a whole basket?”
I reached over to a rattan basket for my bicycle that my sister gave me for Christmas this past year. “This took me about a week,” I said.
“So can you actually make a living at underwater basket weaving?”
“I’m so impressed,” she said. “I never even knew that someone could major in underwater basket weaving.”
“That makes me so hot,” she said. “Let’s go have sex.”
And that’s when I knew that I’d have a great career as a politician.
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (interlace), The Daily Spur (chip), My Vivid Blog (time), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (correct), Word of the Day Challenge (reception), Your Daily Word Prompt (eponym), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (liturgy).