Here is the transcript of a conversation that actually took place between me and an (unspecified) male friend about events that may (or may not) have actually taken place:
UNSPECIFIED MALE FRIEND: What must the neighbours think of me and my messy yard?
ME: Well, certainly those things I told them about you wouldn’t have helped their opinion.
UMF: Look, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t go around substantiating those rumours. There’s no real hard evidence that those things even occurred, save a few photographs…
ME: Ah yes, the photographs… (*shudders*) It must be said that once you’ve seen something like that, it’s impossible to unsee it… Still, good times.
USM: Good times, indeed. Perhaps those good times will come again.
ME: Perhaps. Are you still that flexible?
UMF: On a good day, yes. Yes, I am.
[Long pause while we both imagine what we might possibly be talking about]
ME: Oooooh. I can feel a blog post coming on!
I’ll admit it. I experience a certain frisson when I feel a blog post coming on. It’s like my muse has just rung me up to say he’s just bought a litre bottle of vodka and a 4 Litre tub of caramel, date and pecan ice cream and run a bubble bath for me. And yes, for the record, my muse is a he and, more often than not, answers to the name of Paolo.
Of course, I’ve had to tread carefully with this particular blog post. I mean, if I were to specify my (currently) unspecified male friend’s identity, I’d be putting his reputation as a fine upstanding community member on the line. He’d no doubt get people insistently knocking on his door at 2AM and would end up, curled in the fetal position on the other side, hissing: “Go away! I don’t do those things anymore…”
I hate to break it to my (still) unspecified male friend that those 2AM knockers would not be put off easily. After all, they would have had it on on good authority that he actually did still do those things – that ‘good authority’ being, of course, that reputable blog ‘Not Drowning, Mothering’, whose hardworking and dedicated blogger has never once lied to her audience. Not once. Not even about the time she pissed herself in the school yard.
I mean, really… if you read it here, why wouldn’t you believe it?
I suggest to my (as of yet) unspecified male friend that he clear up his backyard at the first opportunity. And while he’s at it, he may as well clean up mine. Oh, and buy me a litre bottle of vodka and a 4 litre tub of caramel, date and pecan ice cream and get that bath running.
Yep, that should stop me from specifying his unspecified-ness in the future. Oh, and publishing those photos.