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Last night, I enjoyed a delightful end-of-week virtual happy hour with IMPACT Director of Community and EventsStephanie Baiocchiand IMPACT Content Marketing TrainerJen Barrell.
Just look at us, taking in the scenic Chicago skyline on what is considered "sunny" in the windy city.You know, back when we were allowed to hug people.Sob.
Anyway, during our little chat, I shared a piece of relationship advice that seemed relevant right now, in what some are calling #quarantineszn. Upon hearing it, both Stephanie and Jen said,"This absolutely must be your introduction for THE LATEST tomorrow."
So, today, I am going to teach you aboutThe Nicolas Cage Rule™.
The Nicolas Cage Rule™ solves a common relationship problem— when a couple sits down to watch a movie, and one person takes their sweet mother-flippin' time picking out a selection. Meanwhile, their loving partner waits next to them... slowly going insane, elaborate revenge fantasies dancing through their imagination like sugar plum fairies, as the minutes mockingly tick by.
So, here's howThe Nicolas Cage Rule™works!
When the waiting partner just can't take it anymore, they must stand up and declare with one hand in the air (and with gusto!):
"I hereby invokeThe Nicolas Cage Rule™!"
The movie-selecting partner then has a timed five-minute period in which they mustimmediatelyabandon their original movie search and select a movie starring the one and only Nicolas Cage.
The Nicolas Cage Rule™ Rules:
Each person in the relationship must agree thatThe Nicolas Cage Rule™ is sacred and willalwaysbe obeyed when invoked, with no questions asked. Saying no to someone invoking the rule can (and should) beconsidered a relationship deal-breaker.
An individual is only allowed to invoke the ruleonce every 14 days, so as to avoid abuse of the rule and, by extension, the majestic and wondrousNicolas Cagehimself.
The rule-invoking party may only invoke the rule when they have truly hit their limit.The Nicolas Cage Rule™ is not meant to be used to rob someone of their agencyor ability to choose a movie, just because your movie preferences and their movie preferences (on the whole) wouldn't get along if they met at a party.
Finally, youcan't passively invoke the rule. You must stand up. You must raise your fist in the air. You must invoke the rule loudly and with authority, like you're Thor.
I know it sounds insane, but trust me. And trust this process. I invented this rule and can vouch for its efficacy over many years. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watchNational Treasure. 😘
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