Sometimes Gary astonishes me with his knowledge. For example, years ago we were waiting for the beginning of the elephant show at the London Zoo. I commented there were no stools on which the elephants could stand on on one leg, and he said, "They won't make the elephants do that here. This is the London Zoo. They are famous for their animal behaviour studies." (We were in England, hence the spelling.) I demanded to know where he got this information. Did he just read it in the brochure? No, he said, everyone knows that about the London Zoo.
It makes me so hot when he knows things I don't know. I'm not being vain. It's just when you go about joined at the hip for 25 years you have the same input, so you know the same things. So when he pipes up with something I don't know, it's like he's a whole new person. It's like we're on a date. Ooh, you are so smart.
Today we were watching a recording of The Daily Show which made a reference to Benny Hill. "Pause it!" he demanded, as he does when he has important information to tell me. "A lot of people think the Benny Hill theme song is English, but it's American. It's 'Yakety Sax,' by Boots Randolph." he declared.
He only tops this when he tells me details of his life he has never mentioned before. Such as:
Gary: "Oh, that's just like the time I burned down my room in Jr. High."
Me: "Huh? Wha?"
Gary: "Oh, I told you about that." Then he relates this horrifying story that he should have told me on the first date.
Really, if you think married people have nothing to talk about, think again. I get the sense that someday he'll say, "Oh, everyone knows the Saharan Death Lizard can be used as barter. Remember, that's how I got my job at the CIA."