There was nothing shocking that night. We picked up like old times, watching DVRs of Cutthroat Kitchen in the dark basement. The Pony was proud that I had solved The Mystery of the SNICKING Soda Tab Sound. He chatted about his collegiate escapades. Which, as you might imagine, were pretty tame, him being The Pony.
Thursday after the feast, Hick busied himself (unasked-for and unwanted-by Val, and futilely) as a dishwasher in the kitchen. The commercial Maytag guy sitting on the kitchen floor licking each place setting would have gotten them cleaner. But I guess it's the thought that counts. Even if it means you have to wash everything again later when you find the feast morsels cemented to the silverware and dishes.
In the living room, things got lively. Genius picked up the shock collar that we bought to
"Huh. What's THIS?"
"Oh, that's Jack's shock collar. I haven't read the instruction book yet. Here it is."
"I don't need that."
Genius fiddled with the remote control.
"It's for dogs 8-20 pounds. We think he weighs around 12. What do you think I should start with? I'm going to tell him "NO!" and then hit the buzzer and then shock him."
"I don't know. Let's see how strong it is."
Genius put the electrodes (or whatever you call those two pointy things on the collar) on his forearm.
"Don't do that!"
"Why? It's not going to hurt me."
"I guess you DO weigh more than 20 pounds. But you don't have fur!"
"Hush up, woman!"
Genius fiddled with the controls and shocked himself.
"I can hardly feel that! That was on 1. Let's try 2."
He continued shocking himself at sequential settings. Up to 5.
"I wouldn't recommend trying that above 5. It's uncomfortable."
Of course The Pony wanted to try it.
"Meh. It's not THAT bad on 5. Let's try 6. Huh. Hot pleasant."
Then Genius had to get it back and try 6.
"That smarts. Let's see about 7. Not good."
The Pony demanded another round.
"Seven smarts. I'm trying 8! Yeah. That hurt."
You know what happened next. Genius HAD to shock himself on 8. No way was his little brother going to out-electrocute him!
"Uh. Yeah. You don't want to put it on 8!"
"I don't plan to put it on anything for myself! I'm not shocking myself. How about Jack? What do you think I should start on? Remember, he has that thick fur."
"Yeah. But he also weighs 12 pounds. Here, Mom. You try it."
"NO! I don't want to get shocked!"
"It's nothing! You won't even feel it!"
"Don't you put it on anything besides 1! I don't trust you!"
"I won't! It's on 1. Here. Give me your arm."
Genius shocked me, and it was NOT pleasant.
"Whoa! I'm not doing THAT again!"
"It was nothing! Here! You try it!"
Genius held the collar out to his friend, who had been laughing his head off at Thevictorian shocking party
"No. I'm good. NO! Get that thing away from me. No! I don't want to! No! Oh, all right. Yow! No! I'm not doing it again!"
Genius got to fiddling with the controller again. I had told him it had 16 settings, but he swore it only had 8. And we had gone through all 8. And then...
"Oh! It looks like there are two sets of settings. Once you go through 1-8, it starts over on another level at 1 again. We were in the second level."
"So you mean that when you shocked me with the 1, it was really the 9? How could you do that to your own mom?"
"It didn't hurt and you know it! You're not a little dog! For him, I'd try it first on 4. On the first level."
I never have to worry about Genius finding a job. In case the whole computer engineer thing falls through, he can apply at prisons in states with the death penalty. There's nothing like a man who loves his job.