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Conversations with Mini Diesel

After three weeks on the East Coast, mini Diesel, aka Drew, is back in AZ.  It’s been fun and at the same time busy.  I’ll miss the little guy and got some unexpected insights from him…

On being asked about whether he has a girlfriend

Mini Diesel (MD):  “Well, I don’t have one.”

Me:  “Why not?”

MD:  “It’s my hair…it’s too long.”

On Diesel’s joke about how the Home Depot should be called the “Apartment Depot” in NY because most people don’t have houses

MD:  “Dad…if you weren’t married and you said that to a girlfriend, she would not go out with you anymore.”

On Asians

MD:  “Ya know, Jing (the Korean guy in “Lost”) is like us.

Me:  “What do you mean, he’s like us?”

MD:  “Well, Asians look different, but they’re not really different from us.”

On his taste in girls

Me:  “So did you have a girlfriend at camp?”

MD:  “Well, no.  Cuz you know, most of the girls were African-American…I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  It’s just that…”

Me:  “I know.  It’s fine. Everybody has their preference.  Some people like blondes, some like Asians.”

MD:  “Yeah, like my Dad.”

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