Halloween 2008: Costume Idea

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My father is the ultimate representation of Captain Obvious (or "Obviousman" in the Non Sequitur comic strip) in this day and age. Because of this, I grew up responding to a lot of my friends by sneering, "Thank you, Captain Obvious. Is your cape in the laundry today?" or equally snotty variations of the same.

Obviousman

Tonight, my dad was at it again. Actually, this is typical of almost every conversation I have with him.

Dad: "Hey, so your mom and I are on our way home."
Me: "Alright. You're bringing home dinner, right?"
Dad: "Yup. Have the pets been fed?"
Me: "Nope."
Dad: "Could you do that for us? Feed the pets?"
Me: "Yeah, no problem."
Dad: "Don't forget to feed the dog, too."
Me: "Yup. He's a pet."
Dad: "And don't forget to let him out after he eats."
Me: ". . . You mean, just like the past thirteen years?"
Dad: "Yeah, well . . . I just thought you might think he was too old to be let outside or something."

Oy. I'm surprised there isn't a dent in my forehead from all the times I've either thwacked it against my hand or my desk. Speaking of which . . . Daddy, I love you, but I'm going to have to tattoo "NO DUH" on your forehead while you're sleeping tonight.

Chris Magnusson

Chris Magnusson

Wouldn't the needle wake him up?

Belinda

Belinda

It happens when you either become a parent, or just work with the public...you'll be on your way to your own cape soon enough, my sweet.

Fuse!

Fuse!

I think we're seeing this differently here. He's covering all bases. Perhaps he deals with so many people who require this kind of attention to detail in order to get something done right that he assumes ALL humanoids require such precise instruction.

I'm guilty of this myself.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

I think Fuse! is onto something. Working in the tech industry creates a necessity to state the incredibly obvious because, for some reason, as soon as people call tech support they immediately shut off whatever brain power they ever had.

As a result, one gets conditioned to this and ends up sounding stupid to people, like yourself, who actually use their brains.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Chris Magnusson - You're right. I guess I'll have to drug him first.

Belinda - Probably so. I'm sure some part of him is clinging to the idea that I'm two years old and need to be reminded daily not to touch the hot stove. That's okay. I remind him daily that I'm not two years old. It's a fun game.

Fuse! - That's a bit of a lame excuse in my book. I've lived and worked on this planet long enough to know way more than my fair share of idiots, but I still mentally adjust my conversation based on my audience. Once in a while, yes, I will find myself explaining xHTML to my cat, but not too often.

Thursday's Child - My dad has been a computer programmer for over twenty-five years now, but I think Belinda's explanation of him being a parent is more spot-on. He pulls this Captain Obvious routine most often with myself and my brother, although my mom gets quite a few opportunities to stare him down with a "No DUH" glare herself. I'm pretty sure it's just a dad thing.

Sethly

Sethly

hahaha that was classic! and if he really was "covering all bases," as Fuse! guessed, he should have started with feeding the dog first, and then asked about feeding all the pets ;-)

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Sethly - Yeah, I'm pretty sure he was just being a worrywart father, as usual.