200 Words with Paul Dini #29 – Thidwicking, Part Two

September 4, 2008

So there we were, our intimate dinner for three swollen to seven. It turned out Fleep didn’t eat meat, thus dashing our hopes (and reservations) for the steak house. But good news, Fleep knew a really cool vegan Thai place across town. She assured us we’d love it.

It took two cabs twenty minutes to deliver all of us to the jam-packed restaurant. We waited an hour and were rewarded with a table, but had to squeeze in tight because while Fleep was in the bathroom she invited her friends Skweem and Uhff to join us. Meantime some fans at the bar recognized us and drunkenly insinuated themselves into the merriment. One of them gave me a comic to sign. It was an issue of Batman written by Grant Morrison. I wrote on it “To Jeffy, have a great summer. Your pal, Walt Disney.” When the waiter took our order, I noted with mounting ire that Fleep wasn’t hungry and just asked for a glass of water.

And that is a classic case of what I call Thidwicking. The only foolproof way of avoiding it is by becoming a hermit and withdrawing from all human contact. I call that Grinching.


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.   


  1. You should just carry a putter with you.

    When this happens to you again, you could just administer justice.  Then (and I say this with respect and not a shred of sarcasm, irony, or anything negative in the slightest, so here’s hoping it isn’t some sort of ill informed, new guy, "elephant in the middle of the room" faux pas on my part) your better half could jump out dressed for stage and yell "D3NWP, SEHCTIB!" Then delivering some boots to the head.

    Then, high fives and steak all around! 


  2. Brilliant.

  3. Stuff like this inspires Hulk-like rage. 

  4. See, Gordon’s a veggie, but he let’s us go get steaks.  What the fuck Fleep?!

  5. And what steakhouse doesn’t have some sort of fried onion product for the veggies.

  6. Ruth’s Chris…

  7. I’m more impressed you know anyone named Fleep, Skweem, or Uhff.  Much less all three.

  8. Why is it that most people defer to Vegans or Vegetarians anyway? I know that if one joins my group on the rod to th esteakhouse, then they had better have a salad and keep their Anti-meat or meat is murder crap to themselves.  I don’t see the utility in denying oneself the joy of a good steak to appease someone who is a Vegan and then not hungry?!  Butt, meet boot. I guess I ama Grinch in training.

  9. Just read part one of this story, the steakhouse was nixed so Gueph could get his mack together? With some booth babe? Very lame.