My aunt and uncle are coming to L.A. next month. The other day, to ensure that I was aware of every possible detail I might need to know about their travel plans as well as some I might not - and, possibly, to give me some kind of guilt trip for not having an apartment with a second bedroom - my aunt forwarded the hotel's reservation confirmation email.
I wasn't sure what she intended for me to do with the information. (Make a note of the last four digits of her credit card number, maybe?) But I decided I'd use it as an opportunity to write back and reinforce the notion that I am Very Excited about her visit.
To that end, I sent a one-word response: "Awesome!"
I thought that would probably be the end of the conversation. I was mistaken.
A few minutes later, a reply arrived. "Hardly," it read. "A much overused word, I'm afraid!"**
There was only one thing to write back: "Is 'Whatever' overused?"
* Post title inspired by this Wilco song.
** Capitalization corrected to improve readability.