Today's commute was all about Walt. About how Walt can read. About how Walt knows the names of things. About how much Walt knows about . . . well . . . everything. As told by . . . who else? . . . Walt.
W: One time when Meredith was over at my house watching Star Wars, I read the part at the beginning that tells about the episode.
A: Meh (or something else insufficiently enthusiastic)
W: That sign says 'New York.'
A: How did you know that?
W: Because I can read.
. . . . . .
W: Do you know that bell tower across from Schnucks? I think I just saw it.
W: The bell tower. The one across from Schnucks. Do you know it?
A: (emphatic) Where?
W: (exasperated) At Schnucks. (exhale) Schnucks is the big store. Where you go in. And they have the cookies at the front . . . .
A: Oh yeah. I've been there.
W: There's a bell tower across the street that has bells in it that they ring.
. . . . . .
(Lengthy discussion about The Force, its uses, various practice sessions for its use, the varying degrees of said Force, things The Force can and can't accomplish, etc., etc.)
W: There's another bell tower up here that you can see. It's by where the smokestack is. It has a college hat on it.
A: (ignoring the fact that Walt just said a bell tower had "a college hat on it") Where?
W: Up here (rounding the corner, at which time the three of us are craning our necks for a glimpse of what must be a very strange looking building).
A: I don't see it.
W: It's taller than the other buildings, and it has a college hat on it. See that little pointy thing? See?
A: That one right there?
W: Yeah. See? It has on a college hat.
Sure enough. The bell tower at the UT Health Science Center campus has a teeny tiny little . . . well . . . mortarboard-looking thing on top it. But Mr. Smartypants just calls it a "college hat."
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A: Hey. There's the basketball stadium.
W: It's called FedExForum. You can call it FedExForum.
A: It's a basketball stadium. I can call it a basketball stadium.
W: But its name is FedExForum.
A: I can call it a basketball stadium if I want.
W: But, like, if someone said, "Hey, where are you going to watch the basketball game?" You would say, "At FedExForum."
The fact that Walt had just referred to a mortarboard atop a bell tower as a "college hat" was completely lost on Adam.