PARKER: On the contrary, that’s exactly why I don’t like them. Look, I tried, okay? I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to go at all, okay? I work tomorrow and then I have rehearsal. I’m up to my eyeballs in Shakespeare and hands getting cut off and…and I’m sorry. I didn’t want to go, but I went. I got dressed up and drove out there. I didn’t need to use the gas, but I did. I put on make-up and went out because I wanted to try for you. I wanted to make you happy. I wanted to be able to say that I tried. I tried to be social. I tried to be friendly, but that guy…he was playing the piano and it was just so loud. I couldn’t hear myself think. And everyone is talking. And I can’t hear what they’re saying because of the piano. And I’m getting really claustrophobic, and I want to turn around to the guy and just say, “Can you please just stop for one minute?! Please!” I mean, it’s just…over and over again…and then…I had to get out of there. I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. And you take so long to say goodbye. If I want to be out of there by six, I should tell you we’re leaving at five thirty. You literally…literally…have to say good bye to everyone. Every single person in the house. Even the people you don’t know. “Hey, you…remember that little chat we had forty-five minutes ago about the weather or the price of gas or something? Well, it left no lasting impression on me, but I’m heading out so I thought it would be great if I just said goodbye and told you how happy it is to have met you. God bless. I hope to see you again sometime soon. What was your name?” Every. Single. Person, John. Every. Single. Person.
JOHN: You said once that life has stages, but that’s not true. There aren’t levels or stars you achieve just for being a human. “I graduated college. Advance to the next level. I got married. Advance to the next level.” Because eventually you’re going to run out of levels. You’ll be queen of the world with a lover and babies and a fulfilling career and financial security and all the things they said you needed, but you’ll still be unhappy. You’ve reached the end, but…it’s not what you thought or…what not…the trick is you have to realize what you’re looking for isn’t around the bend. It’s right here. I mean…if you woke up and realized that your ship had, in fact, come in and this was all you had…could you be happy with that? And you can be sad because this is all you get or you can be happy because what you get is actually kind of wonderful. If that makes any sense at all.