Sgt Mom over at Chicago Boyz asks if discrete references to Kipling are a good set of codes for identifying people one can talk to these days. Commenters somewhat agreed, but there were other suggestions. I am risking a return to the woods tomorrow and will think about this.
Update: Not Kipling. While those who reference Kipling are indeed extremely likely to be people you'd want to talk to, using him as a sign-countersign eliminates too many others who would be fine to speak with as well, but are simply not that familiar with Kipling.
Just so you know how it goes around here, my wife said "I haven't read that much of Kipling. Kim. Captain's Courageous..." (The Jungle Book, I said) "...The Jungle Book. That expensive one we bought last year.... (Puck of Pook's Hill, I said) "Puck of Pook's Hill. Just-So Stories. I don't think I've read much of his poetry..." (That will be fine dear, you've humiliated me enough.)