Mitch had his friend Geno over yesterday. They hung out all day, playing video games, playing with Legos, riding skateboards, etc… Basic 10 year old “guy” stuff.
Geno stayed for dinner, where he proceeded to tell a joke. Here is the super-condensed version of his joke. I left out all of the “um“s, the “Oh wait!“s the “Oh, but first he” all of the laughing through the whole joke and where he repeated himself because he forgot where he was. I am not kidding, this joke took 3 minutes, real-time:
This panda goes to a restaurant and says “Can I have a table?”
“Do you have a reservation?”
“OK, here’s your table”
So the panda sits down and the waitress comes and he looks at her and at his plate and back at her and back at his plate and then she goes away. Oh! Then he goes to the store real quick, and I don’t know what he bought, but then he came back, and he still wasn’t ready to order, and he looked at the waitress, looked at the plate, looked at her, back at the plate and told her he wasn’t ready. Then she came back and he ordered and he pulled out a gun and shot her and ran away and the owner came and ran after him and said
“What’d you do that for??!!”
“I don’t know I felt like it”
…and then he went back and she was still shot and oh, wait the newspaper came and then she was still shot and then they wrote in the paper Panda Eats Shoots and Leaves.
He took so long to tell this joke and it was so convoluted that I forgot we were talking about a Panda in the first place!
The joke in what I imagine was the original form:
A Panda walks into a restaurant and orders a meal. When he was finished eating, he shot the waitress and ran away. The headline in the newspaper read: Panda Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Mitch thought it was hysterical. Rich and I just laughed at the creative process of 10 year olds..