When was the last time your wires got crossed?
Been absent a while, Ailsa got her cast off 2 days ago, and things are slowly starting to return to some sort of normality (in as much as anything in this house is ever approaching normal).
Ailsa & I get our “wires crossed” frequently. When I am working with computers I need to think absolutely logically and literally, with every word having a single precise meaning, so that I can make these machines do what I want them to. Of course humans don’t normally think in such a fashion, and often Ailsa will interrupt what I’m doing and tell me something, and I interpret it literally, and go back to work. Later on when I do something she doesn’t expect, she’ll ask what I’m doing; and I’ll say “what you asked” and say-back the exact words she used, and the interpretation I took from them – which is often wildly at variance from what she meant.
It seems that some of the most creative things I have done have come from misunderstanding what someone else has said or done or written.