Lamont and Dude Discuss Life and Death

“Life is a panacea for death.”


“Dude, think about it. We all die. It’s the one sure thing in every creature’s life, right?”


“Life just puts it off. Gives us the illusion that we’re immortal.”

“Uh…I don’t have any illusion like that, Lamont. I know the final outcome. God’s nose I’ve experienced it a few times.”

“That’s my point.”

“You don’t have a point this time, my wise and learned friend. The point is NOT death. The point is how we get there. Life is not a panacea for death any more than death is the result of life.”

“I never said it was the result of life. It’s just the end, unless someone lives a life of total self-destruction.”

“Whatever. I’m going out to check the sets. This is way too morbid for me when a meteor could hit us any time, anyway.”

“Good idea.”

“Grab your board then.”


Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a few years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember many of their past incarnations which gives them a unique perspective on life, the universe and everything. If you enjoyed this dialogue, you can read more by typing “Lamont and Dude” in the search bar. 🙂

P.S. Lamont was under the impression that panacea meant a false cure-all. Having looked it up, he’s no longer sure, but it’s still a good story.

5 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Discuss Life and Death

  1. Ah, you know how much I like these two. I did the search bar trick on them long ago. I’ve never tried to write a complete post in dialogue. You do it so well. I think I should try it. Do you have any helpful hints?

    • I just let them speak to each other. Sometimes (as with Sharon and the proxy wife) I have NO idea where it’s going to go, but then I get a sense of their personalities and can have even more fun with it.

      Lamont started out on Oprah but was so offensive to the audience he wasn’t asked back. Dude emerged when Lamont encountered him on the beach waiting for a message in a bottle…

      We know so many people in our lives and I think shreds of their conversations and personalities linger in our minds/imaginations. They come out pretty easily if we don’t censor ourselves.

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