Janet says the darndest thing
Every person who has been with Janet Pillai long enough knows that she frequently contradicts herself, she also frequently has an excuse for her contradictions.
Yesterday, Prisca and I had a celebratory lunch at Sungai 2 KFC, habis monologue mar. As it was time for my 2pm meeting with Janet, we walked back to campus. A familiar sight greeted us outside Xuang Xin coffeeshop- a white car, with no USM sticker. The car that sends a chill to all our spines, stuns our senses momentarily, puts our 6th sense on high alert- the one and only car with the ability to gives us the rush and the spooks- Janet’s car!!!!
As it was courteous to say hi, and also because I wanted a lift back to Arts-Ed office, we decided to say hi. There was Khoon and Janet. To cut to the chase, Janet criticized us for patroning KFC, talked a little about our monologue-feedback.
Then… Prisca flicked her ciggy out. As she was about to light up, this was what happened:
Janet: (puffing away herself) Actors shouldn’t smoke. It’s bad for your lungs. You shouldn’t smoke Prisca. You better stop before final year project next semester. (Puff)
Prisca: But you also smoking what!
Janet: I’m different. I’m a director. Actors shouldn’t smoke. You see Zaibo now, he can’t even say lines for 3 minutes before he breaks into a cough. Who wants to take him to act? (Puff)
Janet: You see the actors in KL don’t smoke. It’s bad for their lungs. – (didn’t do research, actors in KL do smoke)
Janet: (Puff) I want to start a kempen anti-merokok. (blows out smoke)
Khoon, Prisca, Me: (Almost choked, jaw dropped, stunned)
Janet: Kempen anti-merokok for actors. Actors should really stop smoking. (puff)
Me: Janet, do you know you always contradict yourself?
Janet: Me? Rarely. I rarely contradict myself. You mean this? I told you I’m a director, not an actor, so it doesn’t apply to me.
Me: I don’t mean just this. Like, when you say you hate people who are late, you yourself are always late for our class.
Janet: I have very good reasons for being late.
I have nothing to say. I rest my case. If only I recorded that conversation.
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