So I shipped the TWIPY Awards out this evening. There were six or seven different boxes, all had the address and the name of the awards (which needed to be typed in by FedEx). The conversation with the young woman working the FedEx went something like this:
Her: "These are all going to different places?"
Her, looking at the first label: "Do you want me to put Spooky and "TNA" on the label or just Scott Danesi?"
Me: "Just Scott is fine."
Her: "Pin Stadium Lights?"
Her: "What are you shipping? Just curious..."
Me: "It's nothing and it would sound crazy."
Her: "Well now I really want to know!"
Me: "Um, pinball awards."
(now we are both starting to laugh a bit and it just got worse)
Her: "I didn't know those were a thing, but that is cool."
Me, thinking she was mildly interested: "It actually was pretty cool, they're called the TWIPYs, and we had a live awards show and everything!"
Her: "Like with a bunch of high schoolers at an arcade?"
Me: "Um, no, it was an awards show online."
Me: "Yes...they're very prestigious."
Me, checking the label: "Actually, it isn't Jack Dagger, it is Jack Danger."
Her, sarcastic: "Oh, sorry."
Me: "He's a pinball celebrity."
Her: "And this label says Stern, Aerosmith and Star Wars, are those names of the games?"
Her: "I played pinball once, I wasn't very good. Well I should say I wasn't very lucky, it was all luck. Who should I make this one out to?"
Me: "Zach Sharpe."
Her: "And he made these machines?"
Me: "No. He's...never mind. But he is the number one ranked pinball player in the world."
Her, dumbfounded: "I didn't know that was a thing. So he's ranked number one? Since pinball is almost all luck, he must be REALLY lucky!"
Me: (thinking of how ironic it is that she is saying someone in the Sharpe family is "just lucky" to be an elite pinball player)
Her: "Favorite podcast? There are podcasts about pinball???"
Me: "Yes, a lot of them."
Her: (eyes wide in disbelief)
Her: "And who is the big box going to?"
Me: "Jersey Jack Pinball."
Her: "These boxes all have pinball trophies?"
Me: "Yep. The TWIPYs."
Her, a little sarcastically: "Well we'll make sure they're VERY safe and everyone gets their prestigious awards."
Me: "Thank you. And play more pinball!"