This morning Barb and I did some errands together. One of these was for me to get a dress shirt for a party we are attending tonight. While out I got a call from a friend with a well deserved nickname of “Brazen E.” which went something like the following. It was a real “first” for me.
Joe: Hello E.
E: Hi! What are you doing? Are you with your family in Idaho?
J: No. I got back last night. I’m in a dressing room at J.C. Penney’s. What about you?
E: We had a nice Christmas. I’m in a room with my daughter and can’t say a whole lot but I’m feeling pretty hormonal. I got permission from my husband and you are the first person I thought of.
J: Ahhh… Oh! So you are looking for some “benefits” from a friend?
E: Exactly! So, are you available?
J: Uhhh… [How do you say, “No” to someone who has the courage to ask for, and gets, permission from their husband to come play with you for a few hours?]
I’ll talk to Barb about it but we are pretty busy today and we are going to a party tonight. Maybe you could find someone at the party tonight. Would you like to go with us?
E: No. I don’t think so. Let me know if you change your mind.
J: I’m pretty sure it’s not going to work out. If you have another opportunity you should take it rather than waiting for me to call back.
E: Yeah. I already tried one, but he said he would rather sleep.
J: That was your husband?
J: I see. Okay. Well good luck finding someone!
As I expected Barb did not think it was a good use of my time this afternoon.