viernes, septiembre 15, 2006

La botella de coca - The coke bottle

The other day I remembered an incident in my teenage years. I was 15 and in those days we got together once in a while the boys of our school, 6 or 7 in somebody's house during the weekends and we passed the time listening to music (there was one that wanted to convince me that Michael Bolton was the best!), playing with the computer, or Greek fighting with matresses in the floor, or playing poker and black jack, and finally watching MTV until 4 in the morning, while people were falling asleep one by one.



The thing is that a boy called Jose suggested a challenge that consisted in emptying a coke bottle filled with water in the minimum possible time. (He knew the trick, that was to swirl the bottle to create a whirlpool that would let the air inside the bottle, but he kept it for himself for the end). Someone tried to shake it over the bathtub (the bottle, I mean) but he didn't take less than 20 seconds. Then I tried. As it was a plastic bottle, I just squeezed it with all my strenght repeateadly wetting somewhat myself and everybody else and I succeeded in emptying it in just 6 or 7 seconds.



I don't know if what I did is called "think outside the box" but the truth is that Jose didn't like it at all because with his method he didn't take less than 10 seconds and he started complaining that it wasn't valid to squeeze the bottle because the trick was supposed to work also with a glass bottle also, and lots of new rules that he came up then and there.



To ruin his trick did not went well with him. And we never ended as friends.



La otra vez me vino a la cabeza un episodio de mi adolescencia. Tenía 15 años y en esos tiempos nos juntábamos los pibes de la escuela, 6 o 7 en la casa de alguno los sábados y pasábamos el rato escuchando música (había uno que me quería convencer de que Michael Bolton era lo más!), jugando a la computadora, jugando a la lucha libre con colchones en el suelo, o al poker y al black jack, y finalmente mirando MTV hasta las 4 de la mañana, mientras la gente iba cayendo dormida de a una.



Resulta que un pibe que se llamaba José propuso un desafío que era vaciar una botella de coca cola rellena de agua en el menor tiempo posible. (El tenía la forma que era revolver la botella para crear un remolino que dejara entrar aire por el medio, pero se lo guardaba para el final). Un pibe intentó sacudirla (a la botella, se entiende) sobre la bañadera pero no tardó menos de 20 segundos. Después probé yo. Como la botella era de plástico simplemente la apreté como una bestia mojándome a mí y a todo el mundo y la conseguí vaciar en 6 o 7 segundos.



No sé si lo que hice se llama "pensar fuera de la caja" (think outside the box) pero lo cierto es que a José no le gustó nada porque con su método no tardó menos de 10 segundos y se puso a quejarse de que no valía apretar la botella, porque el truco debía de ser pasible de ser realizado con una botella de vidrio también, y un montón de reglas que se le ocurrieron en ese momento.



Cagarle el truco no le cayó muy bien. Y nunca quedamos como amigos.