Monday, April 17, 2006
While getting coffee in the break room this morning, I heard that Genghis Khan killed 1,748,000 people at Nishapur in one hour in 1221. That wacky Ghengis!
I can't say I believe him. He's got a terrible reputation, and he might be a compulsive liar. He also tends to exaggeration. I might believe him if he said 'about a million' people. But the exact number 1,748,000? In an hour? That's what makes it slightly unbelievable. If you're going to make up stories, at least have them be logical. He was also avoiding eye contact when he told me this, so I think that's a dead giveaway.
It seems to me that he's establishing a vicious circle where he has to cover up for previous lies by telling yet more untruths. So if he had just admitted he jammed the copier, I don't think the 'killing people' lie would have even been needed! He gets himself into deeper and deeper water. In the end, he's always found out and by then the scale of the deception is immense. 1,748,000 people immense. If he continues to lie, I might have to tell him that our work relationship is seriously threatened. Not to mention the physical one.
And I can tell you with 100% certainty that the Genghis I know has never been to Nishapur. He can't even make it to Mammoth without making me pull the car over to get some air or throw up.
And he can't make it through Schindler's List without sobbing at the girl in the red coat, so I find it hard to imagine him killing 1,748,000 people.
As he says this lie to me this morning, he's pouring coffee into his mug, which is an Elvis bust. I think he could at least get a Genghis Kahn mug. He was also quoting George Burns, "Honesty is the key to relationships. If you can fake that, you've got it made" which although funny, isnt helping the 'evil conqueror' reputation. And it makes me question our relationship as well. I mean, who do you know who quotes George Burns? Pol Pot doesn't quote him. He's more an Steven Wright person. And I'll bet Pol Pot takes his coffee in a Pol Pot mug.
Speaking of Pol Pot - he's looking hot today. Did you see him in the grey suit? Brooks Brothers, I think.