My younger sister, Sarah, can make me laugh like nobody's business! She and I shared a room up until I moved out last Summer and there were so many late-night giggle sessions. Last night, she and I were texting about, among other things, the Iliad - which she is about to finish. Here are some choice excerpts from the hilarity that ensued:
Sarah: I'm drowning in the terribleness of the Iliad...
Me: Did you finish the Iliad? Isn't the end so touching! Well, call "the Homeric Hotline" [inside joke, meaning me] if you have specific questions.
S: I have one chapter left. I am sure it will be touching. The question is - will I understand it?
... [later on]
S: Iliad for 500, please. Smartest Achaean?
M: Well, the wiliest was Odyssesus. Smartest could be Nestor
S: Man! You're good! I just learned that 2 months ago and I already forgot it. If you get this next question, then my search for the perfect woman is over - How many lines is the Iliad poem?
M: HAHAHAHA!! Around 16,000.
S: You are off my 37 lines. Tisk. Tisk. Still.... pretty dang good if you ask me :)
M: Did I have to have an exact answer?
S: I was expecting one! I mean, 15,963 is like 24601 - pretty easy to remember :)
... [even later]
M: Btw - can I post the Iliad bit of this convo on my blog?
S: Of course. I hold no copyright infringements.
Isn't she just amazing? Sarah - I LOVE you!!!