Lamont and Dude Ponder Friendship

“‘Unaware of the dangers that lay ahead, Lamont and Dude pursued the Protoceratops with a vengeance‘. What do you think?”

“No, Dude. No one had any desire for revenge against a protoceratops. They were just leathery sheep with armor and a nasty bite. You can’t write that.”

“I have to put some drama into this thing. Otherwise it’s just a dull recitation of, you know, a dull recitation.”

“There was plenty of drama without adding vengeance against leathery sheep. As I recall, somewhere in there was a meteor.”

“Who’s writing this? You had your chance. OK so what?”

“Just take out ‘with a vengeance.’ Wasn’t your whole idea to dispel the myth that we were evil predatory giant lizards?”

“Yeah, but I’m wondering about that now. We weren’t exactly giant and we weren’t evil, but lizard and predatory holds true.”

“When it came to the protoceratops, we were pretty evenly matched, too.”

“When it was two against one. Alone, we couldn’t take a protoceratops. We had to team up. That’s how we became friends.”

“Dinosaurs didn’t have friends, Dude.”

Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a few years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember many of their past incarnations which gives them a unique perspective on life, the universe and everything.

10 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Ponder Friendship

    • No, these guys would know. They’re pretty clear on the point that it was kill or be killed. Lamont takes issue with the idea that recognizing this is “under”estimating him. He thinks the exchange of ideas is vastly overrated and that the clear imperatives of a velociraptor’s life have a luminosity that’s lost on most humans who don’t remember their previous incarnations.

      As for me, having spent Thanksgiving dinner arguing philosophy with a teenager (it was a blast) I think it’s better to teach obscenities and sex to high school juniors than it is to teach Sartre and we need to re-evaluate our, uh, values as a society.

  1. That ruined my fantasy of friendly dinosaurs! At least in The Land Before Time, the babies and herbivores were friends.

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