Mr. Rilch and I were at dinner this evening with another couple. These other people are theater actors, and the wife mentioned that she’d been cast in a role that required a New York accent, which she’s never had to do. Being a Californian by way of Colorado, she hasn’t heard many Enywe accents IRL either.
“Well, just rent a Scorsese movie!” I said. Laughter ensued as Mr. Rilch and the other guy began quoting from Mean Streets and Goodfellas. Under cover of this, I added flippantly, “Or borrow our Sopranos boxed sets…no, wait, that’s North Jersey, but there are some New Yorkers on the show…anyway, the whole show is like a primer for someone who wants to learn a New Yawk accent.” Mr. Rilch chimed in to further praise Sopranos, and the subject veered back to the production this woman was working on.
Now Mr. Rilch thinks I may have jeopardized our Sopranos collection. He claims that my remark was taken as a serious offer, when in fact, I was only making a statement about the show itself. It was never an offer to lend those DVDs, just an offhand remark about the show itself as part of a larger discussion. I also think that if it had been taken as a definite offer, one or the other of them would have followed up and said, “Can you bring them over” or something like that.