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You Know You’re Not that Bright When…

More proof that the scattered Shut Up Sisters are all over the map.

Last night, we had the privilege of speaking in Concord, New Hampshire. For those who don’t know, Concord is the capital of New Hampshire. Gina wasn’t entirely certain what this actually meant,  so she asked her older, more experienced sister to explain.

“Well little, uninformed sister, it means that you get to have  a building with a pretty gold dome on it.”

During our presentation, we displayed a slide that Patty put together entitled “Imperfection Connection,” which was supposed to explain that we have travelled to various places to learn that imperfection exists all around the country (see above).  The slide depicts a colorful map of the United States and has an animated plane flying about the country. Gina (who is not a Powerpoint guru) was very impressed by Patty’s work and even called out Patty during the presentation. “Didn’t my not-so-bright sister do a great job on this slide?”

After the talk, Patty and Gina, along with their friend Kristen Lazuka, went out for dinner and drinks with two of the women at the presentation. As soon as we sat down, Kristen and one of the women, Jennifer, turned to the Shut Up Sisters and asked,

“When did you guys speak in Guam and Indonesia?”

“What are you talking about?” a confused Patty responded. “We’ve never spoken there.”

“That’s not what the map said. The map had a list of all these other places like the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Indonesia.”

“No it doesn’t,” said the Shut Up Sisters in unison.

“Yes, it does,” Kristen said,  fighting back laughter.

“Are you trying to mislead the audience?” grilled Jennifer.

“Of course, not. Do you think we’re that dumb?”

“No,” they both responded, though their eyes told us something different.

Gina and Patty tried to change the subject. “Nachos for everyone. Our  treat,”  but the two ladies kept persisting.

“And what do the different colors mean? Are those the states you visited over and over again?” Kristen, our supposed new friend, asked.

“Yeah, I was wondering  about that too,” said Jennifer. We couldn’t figure it out. I thought it was Republican vs. Democratic states, but then I couldn’t figure out what the mauve and seafoam states represented.”

“The colors don’t mean anything”, said Patty.  “I just thought they were pretty. All the other topography maps are boring. Ya know in those depressing earth tones. I got tired of them. This one just looked so cheery.”

“Oh my,” they said. “You two really aren’t that bright.”

6 Responses to You Know You’re Not that Bright When…

  1. Kristen Lazuka February 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Just for the record…I never said they werent bright! The rest is true. No mention of the plane in the box? I love you two!

  2. admin February 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    You may not have said it, but your eyes told I different story. 🙂

  3. christine February 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Kristen should not be criticizing your map skills. She got lost going to Waltham last week and she told me you were speaking in Concord last night. (as in Concord, MA). Um, big difference between NH and Mass.

  4. admin February 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Thank you for that valuable piece of information Christine. Also made us wonder if she wanted to be friends with us because she thought we were so well travelled.

  5. Kristen Lazuka February 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    I never said Concord anything. You assumed it was Massachusetts! When I get away it’s as far as I can get! Thanks for saving me PEE and G!

  6. Susan February 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm #


    I am horrible, just horrible, at geography. I am making it my mission in life NOT to have my kids grow up as clueless as me. So…maybe that’s the bright side. And I wouldn’t want their dad to make fun of them like he does me. boohoo

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