384. The fly in the ointment lives across the hall from me.

Miss Liz and her father were in town with her father staying at my house.

The whole thing went swimmingly. As always I was so happy to see Lizzie and, if I do say so myself, I was “hostess with the mostess” to her Dad.

He was a charming guest and I  pulled out all the stops. I put cookies and a water pitcher in his room in case he got hungry or thirsty during the night and I bought and installed a new shower head in the bathroom to give him a perfect bathing experience.

The shower thing didn’t quite work out the way I planned.

After he left I noticed that that white tape I put on to seal it was hanging down and must surely have hit him in the face during his shower.

Also, note to self, always check your guest bathroom to make sure the bathtub drain isn’t clogged. I”m thinking that standing in a foot of dirty water might have taken the shine off his toilette.


But the man is charming and gracious and I loved having him.

What I should have done was given David the same warning before Doctor Tom came that I gave him when we went out to eat with my friends, namely don’t say anything to make me uncomfortable.

It was difficult enough playing Pearly Mesta with a plastic patch on my eye without him trying to make me look stupid at every turn  just for sport.

For example, asking me to name the four states that border each other might be funny to him but I’m sure you couldn’t find 6 other people who have that knowledge at their fingertips. And since Michigan rarely gets a mention in normal conversation I can only say that it was a kindness on my part to include it as one of the 4.

Because  Liz’ father was there  I had to smile charmingly at all his barbs and pretend that stuff just slipped my mind and that, as I confided to Dr. Tom, I like to keep geography on the back burner so I can concentrate on physics.

He seemed to buy it.

7 thoughts on “384. The fly in the ointment lives across the hall from me.

  1. I love this blog. But I would never be that much of a pushover for someone else’s folly. But maybe I need to learn from your graciousness. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Mattie, you had him on a technicality and missed the chance to pummel him!

    The four corners monument where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet is actually in the Navajo Reservation and maintained by the Navajo Nation, so I would contend none do! 🙂

  3. I answered correctly…now if I just had been on Jeopardy w/ a bunch of money wagered!! I know MI appreciates your effort.

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