Sunday, July 27, 1997
Part 2: “The Discussion”
CATHY: I want to do one question per person.
GAIL: No way! I disagree!
CATHY: Oh, I guess we have to vote then.
BOB: I say we vote on a new sergeant-of-arms! (Laughter)
CATHY: Well, I know Mary wants one, and I want one. What do you want, Vic? (Pause)
VICKI: I could go either way.
CATHY: Wouldn’t she just say that! (Laughter)
BOB: Well, what’s the logic?
CATHY: Would you like the logic?
CATHY: My logic is, it gives more room for Elias’ “wisdom words,” and a lot less paper!
GAIL: I’m not buying it!
JIM: The game takes up a lot.
BOB: So take the game out of the transcript. (Everybody stares at Vic, including Elias)
BOB: It’s our damn game. If other people wanted to play the game, they’d be here! Screw ‘em!
VICKI: Other people do play, though.
BOB: Oh, okay.
CATHY: Well, what do you think, Jim?
JIM: I’m like Vic. I could go either way. I understand the trees and the paper and the time and so forth, and ...
GAIL: There is no good, there is no bad.
BOB: Well, I say since everybody doesn’t usually play, it’s sort of a moot point. If everybody did two, it might be a bigger deal, so I kind of disagree.
DAVID: I’m not sure what you're talking about! (Laughing)
CATHY: Right now, we each can do two questions instead of just one.
DAVID: Oh. Like I say, it’s up to you guys.
CATHY: Oh, fine! (Laughter, and Elias chuckles)
BOB: Me, I only have one!
JIM: Let’s go with one. Since we get one point, we get one question, and you keep going until you get ...
CATHY: Make up your minds! (She’s getting frustrated now!)
JIM: Well, nobody’s made up their minds yet! ... until you get one point. Then that’s it.
GAIL: You mean, when he says “acceptable,” that you get another chance? Is that what you're saying? Until you get one point?
JIM: Well, acceptable and one point are the same.
BOB: But are you saying that you get two questions if you have ...
JIM: If you nail your question and you get one point, then you don’t get to ask any more, but if you get ...
GAIL: An acceptable?
JIM: ... a less probable, then you get to ask another question, and if you get three less probables, then you're out of the game!!! (Cracking up) This is getting involved!
ELIAS: (Who has been paying close attention and grinning throughout this exchange) Ah! Democracy at work!
JIM: It’s your game! You should set the rules!
ELIAS: Ah! It is not my game!
JIM: Yes, that’s true. It’s our game.
ELIAS: I need not be concentrating and practicing upon impressions. You need practicing!
RON: Okay, one is fine, ’cause that way I don’t have to practice as much! (Laughter)
GAIL: Alright, you guys!
DAVID: So one it is, okay?
GAIL: Okay, cool. Whatever.
CATHY: I got my way! Vibrational tone qualities ...
BOB: You would make a good wife! (Laughter)
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