By Craig Smith
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I thought about one more lie since I was passing them out so glibly, but I didn’t have the heart. I simply excused myself. ACADEMIC PARTIES HAVE A PACE one can only begin to understand after a dozen or so of them. Early there is always a bit of formality. Rank still matters. Masks still fit snugly. Then come the first bits of laughter, nothing too raucous, of course, more like Jane Austen humour. At this point, the old guard wades in with stories from the Grand Old Days, well-worn lamentations for those of us who were not around when scholarship mattered!
The truth is Tubs lost a lot more than he won. Usually when he made the right decision he would go too light or bail out too early. Good times never ran a full course at our house, let me tell you. ’ Buddy blinked in surprise and I knew I had him. ‘The first few times the stock split even a smart trader would have considered locking in his gains, but my mother didn’t know about such things. In fact, she was actually a little nervous about Chrysler sending her the dividend checks. She knew Tubs couldn’t stand Chrysler, so the only thing she could figure was they were sending money to the wrong Albo.
This was not an especially pleasant topic for Walt, and his eyes avoided mine. His shoulders slumped a bit. ‘Not too much. ’ Walt nodded sorrowfully. ’ Walt nodded a bit less sorrowfully at this. In fact, I thought I detected a faint, proud smile, a story he meant to take to the old folks’ home. ’ Walt shook his head. ‘It was just one of those afternoons. Oh! Before I forget. ’ Barbara and I had never been close. That came with the territory, I suppose. You turn up in enough conversations involving lost afternoons that somehow drift into the early morning hours, and wives have a tendency to make rather comprehensive judgements.
Cold Rain by Craig Smith