This is the defining moment
in the story, joke
, lecture, etc. that you have been trying to work into the conversation
for hours at which you realize that all of your hard work, your intricate details, your subtle explanations
, are coming together to form one giant tangled mass of words that lead your audience
steadily away from anything resembling a point
You have many options in this situation. You can:
a) Stop your story immediately and admit that you are an incoherent fool.
b) Keep talking, eventually causing everyone to leave the room as your point becomes more and more distant.
c) Make up something interesting that is completely untrue (my personal favorite).