by Mort Ehudin
In nice weather, a neighbor of ours enjoys sitting outside a local café with a glass of wine and holding court. Whenever I pass by (on the way to my garage) he invites me to join him; an invitation that I usually turn down, but out of courtesy, occasionally give into. The last time I sat with him one of his 'regulars" showed up and instantly launched into a smart-alecky commentary on a wide range of topics. I was totally turned off and just stayed on long enough to get his photo before coming up with an excuse to get away from him.
A very hard guy to take!