Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Strange stories? This one takes the cake
Friend two, we will call him "John," had a dilemma the other day. It was his wife's birthday and he went to the store and ordered a chocolate cake and asked that the baker write "Happy Birthday" to his wife in the frosting.
What to do?
I would have canceled the first cake and bought the second one but "John" being "John," he didn't want the baker to go to the trouble for nothing, so he had the second cake suitably inscribed and bought both.
"John" drives by this guy with the sign on a regular basis. This time, he stopped, lowered the window (in his used BMW), and said, "Hey, want a cake?"
From the suspicious, hesitant look the guy gave "John," it sounded like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry tries to give away his car with the rampant, mutant body odor.
Our second story of the unexpected this week comes from a small group of retired teachers who meet regularly for lunch and laughs at a local cafeteria. They were doing so the other day when a woman who had been at another table came over and told them she hoped they were leaving soon because they had been loud and disruptive.
But then another said she knew who had shusshed them.
It was a retired school librarian.
Some habits are tough to kick.
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