“If we wait, we might get to see him.”

“Do you really think so? He may not want to see us.”

The waiting game’s not easy, but he had done it his whole life and now it was his time for payback. The fool followed fame as he pretended to be something bigger than life (as he waited to actually be bigger than life). After pretending he had arrived for so long, he actually convinced himself that he had arrived.

“Do you think he’ll recognize us?”

She had a strange look in her eyes as she asked the question. She remembered how he treated her before she left. She wondered why she was interested in him at all.

“Hey, baby! Long time.”

“Not long enough.”

The two women turned away and walked towards the hotel.

“I told you!”

“I know, Mother.”

From the old simply.personal, circa 2000.

Did you ever realize how many people ask “how are you?” and never wait for an answer? And when you ask “how are you?” do you really want to know? “Not too well, thank you. I have a headache and my wife is cheating on me.” So, who is responsible for these polite greetings we use, anyway? Didn’t they know that an answer usually follows a question?

Here’s another one: “You look great today!” Thanks a lot. Does that mean I looked terrible yesterday? You seem awfully surprised that I look great today. And then there’s “good to see you.” Yeah, right! It’s not bad enough we have to work together everyday, disagreeing on almost everything, up to here in angst. You come in and say “good to see you” as some sort of testament of your ability to lie with a straight face. “How’s the family?” is another great polite greeting. Why not just say “You know, I forgot your wife’s name and don’t remember your kids’ names (if you have kids) but I don’t want to miss this chance to make you think I care and that I can relate to you, so, how’s the family?” A polite society, indeed!

(originally published circa 2000)