Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Garage Sale - Arguments for $1

sharp looking fellow in hat with sign advertising argumentsManon pointed out this fellow with a smart hat and a sign advertising arguments. I had to take photos. But there was no way I was going to buy an argument. I get way more arguing than I need just paying for internet service, never mind what comes with my job.

"How much for an argument?" I asked.

"A dollar for five minutes..." he said.

"That's awfully high," I said.

He pointed out several reasons why it wasn't so high including that he gave high quality arguments and the price was lower than he made TAing.

"I just got a free argument from you," I said and snapped another shot.

"Think of it as a sample," he replied.

I asked, "What qualifies you to sell arguments."

"Seven years of studying philosophy," he replied.

I gave the poor bugger a toonie and wished him good luck.

The Argument Sign - text is included in post
ARGUMENTS All Kinds Including (but not limited to):

No Unreasonable Topic Refused

- Metaphysical Disputations - Ethical Quandaries - Theological Schisms - Semantic Bombast - Lovers' Quarrels


Anonymous said...

That's hilarious!
By the way, I'm so happy to see you've picked up the pace on your blogging. Things are positively HOPPING around here now.

Milan said...

Man: An argument isn't just contradiction.

Mr Vibrating: It can be.

Man: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.

Mr Vibrating: No it isn't.

Man: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.

Mr Vibrating: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.

Man: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'

Mr Vibrating: Yes it is!

Man: No it isn't!

Man: Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.

(short pause)

Mr Vibrating: No it isn't.

David Scrimshaw said...

Zoom: You know me, I just want to keep my public happy.

Milan: I didn't want to ask if he was paying homage to the Monty Python sketch. Because I figured it would turn out that either (a) everyone else was asking the same question, or (b) being a youngster, he doesn't know the sketch.

But, it would have been great if he had a friend down the block selling abuse and another one selling beatings over the head.

Andrea... said...

Haha... I know him! You would have gotten your money's worth.

David Scrimshaw said...

Andrea, if you are talking to him, I'd be happy to attach his name to the photos. But only if he wants.

And you can tell him I was joking with the "poor bugger" comment. I'm actually all in favour of the study of philosophy. It's the science of everything after all.

Mark said...

I know him as well, and hit him with the Monty Python thing as soon as I saw him that day. ;)