This is one of our dogs- Gregg the Girl Dog with a Boy Name (we just call her Gregg). Uh, I didn't name her.
She's approximately six pounds... with two hundred pounds of adorable attitude.
This morning, she did what she usually does- she was barking at imagined things. She barks up the stairs at the cats, even if the cats aren't sitting where she can see them, because they MIGHT BE THERE! And her style of barking is a slow and steady beat of a high-pitched: "BARK! BARK! BARK!" as if a human were just yelling: "HEY! HEY! HEY!" (except for twenty-seven consecutive times).
The Disabled Guy usually tells the dogs to hush by saying: "I'm gonna shoot you!" and today was no different. So, I asked: "With what? A rubber band?"
DG: "Maybe! You don't know. I could have a gun."
Me: "Except you don't. We don't own any guns."
DG: "I have a gun. I just don't have ammo for it."
Me: "Right, because they just don't make ammo for guns anymore."
DG: "Not THIS gun!" [and he held up his hand with his thumb up and index finger out.]
Me: "You're going to shoot the tiny dog with an imaginary gun... but you don't have the ammo."
DG: "I can't afford the ammo for this gun anymore."
Me: "Well, it IS rather rare. Of course it's expensive."
DG: "It isn't out there! I've looked!"
Me: "Right. Your imaginary gun isn't going to hurt anyone."
DG: [still holding his hand out all this while] "Hey, I could pistol whip someone with this."
Me: "That would be called 'punching' or 'slapping'."
DG: "Not with this GUN!" [and he held his hand higher.] "I'll just give you a whack and go to town."
Me: "How are you going to hold me down to pistol whip me if you can't hold me with your hand that IS a pistol?"
DG: "I'll just whack you upside the head, fall down on you and then just go to town, pistol whip the shit outta you."
Me: "Okay then... well, I'll keep a lookout for that expensive ammo for your imaginary gun so you don't have to pistol whip anyone to town. It sounds exhausting."
DG: "It is. That's why I don't do it anymore."
Me: "... 'Anymore'? Like you've ever pistol whipped someone with an imaginary gun."
DG: "You don't know. I could have!"
All the while this conversation was going on, Gregg was Bark-Hey-ing up the stairs at the cats who weren't anywhere near the stairs. Gregg is apparently not afraid of an imaginary gun without ammo.