As I said to one of my pals earlier today, I can’t imagine a time when I’ll ever say, “I don’t want to watch that Friends episode.” I have seen every episode numerous times over, but I still laugh at every joke like it’s the first time I’ve heard it. I don’t know many people my age that didn’t grow up watching and adoring the show. I am personally at the point where I don’t even realize I am quoting it half the time. In fact, Friends is so ingrained in my life now that I find myself living by many of its funniest quotes.
Joey: “Joey doesn’t share food!”
This is especially true for me right now because there are scant things I can eat (hyperemesis plus gestational diabetes makes for a very limited diet). Whenever I see my husband eyeballing my cheese or low-carb yogurt, I remind him that now is not the time to eat my food.
Phoebe: “You NEVER run on a barge!”
I’ve never been on a barge, but if I am ever even near one, I’ll know how to comport myself.
Joey: “I’m not gonna go commando in another man’s fatigues.”
This sounds like a no-brainer, and yet I know a person that often went commando in borrowed clothing. Yes. YES.
Chandler: “You have to stop the Q-Tip when it hits resistance!”
When I watched Lena Dunham’s character Hannah ignore this advice in the second season of Girls, I realized her generation might not have watched Friends with as much diligence as mine. I felt sad for all the abused ear drums out there.
Joey: “You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. That’s like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.”
I love Friday nights when we order the Joey Special!
Monica: “No … no, honey … not like that, we’re not at a barn dance. You wanna fold them like swans like I showed you at Christmas, remember?”
I always fold my napkins fancy now, lest anyone think my house is a barn. I haven’t quite mastered the swan fold, though.
Joey: “What? You made a bet. A bet is a bet. You bet on a bet, and if you lose you lose the bet.”
And never, under any circumstances, bet your amazing rent-controlled New York City apartment.
Do you live by any Friends quotes?
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