She was very wrong.
For example, I learned a valuable cultural and behavioral theory from a television show recently.
My enlightenment occurred while watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. For you intellectuals that obeyed my mother and do not watch television, that’s an HBO show written by Larry David, the creator and writer of Seinfeld.
Larry David makes me laugh; right out loud while sitting on the couch.
The theory, according to Larry’s agent Jeff, is known as the ‘Double Transgression Theory’.
It sounds pretty important with profound psychological implications dripping off its every letter.
It goes like this:
Imagine a dog that has peed on the floor. He has been caught with his leg lifted, and is being herded to the yard to be disciplined. The dog knowing he is already in trouble snatches the plate of ham off the table on his way out. The dog is theorizing that since he is already in trouble and will have to suffer a punishment, why not get another transgression out of the way at the same time, resulting in one punishment rather than the two he would get if he snatched the ham later in the day.
Of course a dog thought of this. Who else?
I like this theory.
IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES.
You may feel free to report to my mom that I haven’t called her because I have been diligently studying the cultural implications of the double transgression theory and its effects on my personal behavior when confronted with conflicting choices. That will impress her. She likes long sentences like the ones George Will invents.
But, please don’t tell her where I learned this information. She doesn’t like being wrong.