According to Al
Al: Cynthia is on her way.
Me: Cynthia is going to be late.
Al: Well, she had to…
Me: See a film at the Jewish Film Festival…Yeah, I know, I heard you say that three times already.
Al: (Laughing) Well. you know that’s what happens when you get old.
Me: Al, I’m five years older than you.
Al: (again, laughing) Well, sometimes it catches up to some of us faster than it does for everyone else!
Another conversation with Al, including Maureen
Maureen: When I broke my foot, I had to wear a boot. I called it, the Black Boot of Death. God, I hated that thing!
Al: I know people who when they had to wear a boot on their foot, would get another one to wear on the other foot, just to balance it out.
Me: (Only half listening): Wait a minute! Who do you know that wore a second boot?
Al: (stammering) Well, I don’t remember their names….
Me: (Listening closer now): Come on Al, give me a name. Name one person you know that wore a second boot.
Al (Stammering and laughing) Hamada, hamada, hamada….Well, I might have just made that up.
Me: You are damned right you made it up! Caught you, didn’t I? Because your story was preposterous!
Al and Me: (Laughing and clinking together our plastic glasses of red wine.)