One of the first things my son asked to learn to make was dip. I suspect he's envisioning all the parties he'll host, many of which will involve sitting in front of a screen watching movies or sports, or playing video games with his friends. (We don't have a television, so this is obviously the first thing on our sons' list to buy when they move out.)
What he doesn't know is that, when he and our other kids are out of town, I've been known to eat chips and dip for supper. Dips are an excellent thing to have in your arsenal, because they make everything from crudites to potato chips taste even better.