#103 – Making a Great Reference That Only a Few People Get… But Love (Formerly: When Traffic Starts To Move)

0000850627Once again, I’m realizing that I’ve doubled up on an item in the list.

As I was preparing to write a top-25 feeling about avoiding traffic, I went and looked at what I’d already written on the subject. I knew I’d done something about traffic moving… I didn’t know that I’d done it twice.

So, I’m getting rid of that one and putting it all in feeling number 60, where you can see both.

As for the new feeling… this actually happened to someone I know very recently. I wasn’t the person making the reference so I didn’t get to enjoy the feeling firsthand, though I did get to laugh heartily at how great of a reference it was so I did get some enjoyment.

Long story short… there’s a guy that plays shortstop for the Kansas City Royals named Alcides Escobar. He has re-signed with the Kansas City Royals. There’s also a rapper named Nas who sometimes has gone by the moniker “Nas Escobar.” My friend joked with me and another friend that it would be funny if this otherwise regular news story had been promoted by saying “Escobar Season Has Returned.”

I laughed uncontrollably for a good two minutes.

If you’re not, that honestly proves the point of this feeling. What makes it so great is that it’s not always for everyone and you never know A) when it’ll work or B) who it’ll come from.

This particular friend was not the person I’d have pegged as making as Nas joke, nor did it ever occur to me to equate those two individuals.

It was an offhanded comment that came apropos of nothing (Escobar had signed months prior, Nas wasn’t playing… Shark Tank was on the TV) and that’s what made it so great.

Out of nothing came this wonderful reference. Its spectacular beauty is precisely its limited audience.

Polar Opposite of this Feeling?: Going out on that limb and falling flat. Badly. Or, making the reference and having it go well… but then continuing to push it and push it til the joke is dead.

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