History could be made when self-absorbed, deep thinker extraordinaire, Dolly Lama attempts a record-setting journey to her previously-unexplored emotional depths. No one has ever focused longer and more intensely on inconsequential and mundane thoughts than she, but this could be her deepest self-absorption yet.
Lama, who last year spent an amazing 329 consecutive hours wondering why a Tinder date hadn’t called her back, plans to go further while obsessing about a workmate who gave her a funny look when she asked for the time.
She also holds a previous record of 297 hours set while questioning her decision to wear a striped halter top at a friend’s cookout. That record was broken shortly after by Leo Lawnfeld who spent 311 hours fixating on an old girlfriend who left him for a gender fluid airline pilot.
Dolly has been unintentionally training hard. Her daily workout regimen includes:
- Wondering why she’s never had a successful long-term relationship.
- Wondering why she’s never had a successful short-term relationship.
- Questioning why as a child she didn’t sell more Girl Scout cookies.
- Contemplating whether she’s responsible for her sister joining a book discussion group dedicated to the works of Sidney Sheldon.
- Worrying if anyone will notice her new Zoom background.
- Feeling guilty because she told an automated phone solicitation to F*ck off.
Asked why she spends most of her waking hours consumed in her own thoughts, Lama thought for a few days and responded, “That’s a good question. I’ll get back to you next year with an answer.”
Ben Alper writes for late night talk show hosts, comedians and others. He is the author of “Thank You for Not Talking: A Laughable Look at Introverts.”