Crawlin' up, flyin' down
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1986 De Rosa Professional, 1978 Eisentraut "A," 1961 BianchiCompetizione, 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa
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Our good friend, Karen (my son knows her as "Aunt Karen"), was over. She, my wife and I were talking, and the discussion turned to "stupid husband/boyfriend tricks." Karen described something that her former Significant Other did that even I, dense male that I am, recognized as a boneheaded move. I jokingly say: "So are you still putting flowers on his grave?" Karen looked at me and said, in a perfect deadpan: "As a matter of fact, I am."
I had momentarily forgot that they had not broken up, but rather he had died of cancer and Karen had nursed him through. I may be 6'3", but I felt about 2 inches tall. I could not apologize quickly enough or enough times. After what seemed like an eternity, but what I'm sure was no more than 10 seconds, Karen burst out laughing - fortunately, she had known me long enough to know (1) that I am an inveterate smart-@$$ and (2) that I would do anything for her.
That was 8 or 10 years ago, and we still laugh about it. I laugh, too, but it also serves as a reminder to think before I shoot off my mouth.
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney