Today, as I was about halfway done smoking a joint, a man walked up to me and asked if he could have a cigarette. I said, “No, but you may have the rest of this joint,” and offered it to him. He smiled delighted and exclaimed, “Aw, dude, that’s what’s up!” He then took the joint and nodded/smiled to show his gratitude. I followed suit, and said, “Absolutely, have a great evening.” We began walking our separate ways. He then called out to get my attention, saying, “Yo!… Never underestimate the power of denial!”
I was at first puzzled – it seemed far out of context – but I nodded in acknowledgement. What an interesting thing of which to warn a complete stranger.