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I Should’ve Asked

May 29, 2012

I’m a Yes girl.

I am always up for an adventure, and if someone asks me to do something weird, crazy or just, well, different, I can usually be counted on to say yes with no questions asked.

Sometimes. Sometimes I should really ask questions first, though. For example:

“D.C., do you want to dress up in a mascot costume for a weekend?”

Instead of immediately agreeing, I should have asked the following:

“Will I be outside in the blistering heat for several hours?”


“Are people mean to mascots?”


“Will this be filmed and then subsequently televised on national television?”

These were things I should have asked instead of simply shrugging and saying, “Sure! I’ve never done that before.”

Next example:

“D.C., my sister needs to move to British Columbia. Will you drive there with her so I know she’s safe?”

Instead of saying, “Sure but you owe me,” here is what I should’ve asked.

“Will we be driving in a rented U-Haul with no air conditioning or shocks in the blistering heat of summer for six days?”


“Will there be a screaming new baby seated between us the whole way?”


“Will your sister insist I stay in B.C. to help her unpack, find a job and provide emotional support through the midst of what seems to be a nervous breakdown?”


“Will your sister make any attempt whatsoever to accommodate my vegetarianism or will she try to force feed me meat for the entire trip?”

Example Three:

(In Hong Kong) “D.C., would you like to go on hike?”

Instead of saying, “Hell yeah, I would,” here is what I should’ve asked:

“Will this hike take place on three mountains known worldwide as Dragon’s Back?”


“Are you a semi professional athlete who will demand that I keep up as you practically jog the path?”


“How long will this hike take?”


“Should I bring a change of clothes for after the hike?”

Next example:

“Hey D.C., want to go for a ride on a thirty person bike?”

Instead of answering, “Sure I do!” I perhaps should have asked:

“Will this bike have more than one gear?”


“Will everyone peddle equally or will some people find it funny to put their feet up for the ENTIRE ride?”


“Will I spend over an hour getting there to find the bike ride is just around one block?”


“Am I supposed to get donations?”

Another example:

(In Budapest) “Hey D.C., want to go on a wine tour then visit some natural hot springs and mud baths?”

Instead of saying, “Abso-fucking-lutely!” I should have asked:

“What is the alcohol content in this wine?”


“Is the point of this wine tour to sample wine from sixty different caves in a two hour time frame?”


“Are the hot springs hot enough to boil eggs?”


“Is it a requirement that I must be naked to enter the mud baths?”

Final example:

“D.C., want to go to Karaoke Box tonight?”

Instead of saying, “Sure, why not?” I should’ve asked:

“What the fuck is Karaoke Box?”


Yes, perhaps if I had half a brain in my head, I would have asked questions instead of jumping in to all of the above activities. Oh who am I kidding? I would have done all of them anyway. I can’t help it; I’m a Yes Girl!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2012 11:44 am

    Jumping in is what makes it fun and interesting..Not knowing what to expect really…

  2. May 29, 2012 2:13 pm

    I’ve been the one asking questions first. Seems like you’ve had MUCH more fun

  3. May 29, 2012 2:35 pm

    That hiking adventure sounded like a lot of intense fun though.

    • May 29, 2012 6:06 pm

      It was, and I felt like I had accomplished something very cool when I was done.

  4. May 29, 2012 9:09 pm

    Woohoo! Hey D.C., wanna go mudriding and noodling with my family and me?

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