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A Discount by Any Other Name (standard:humor, 899 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Aug 06 2017Views/Reads: 447/219Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Some people take life way too seriously. If you know what to laugh at, it certainly will medicate your soul to the point of joyfulness.

I find too often I get all caught up with the busyness of life that I
forget some things. For example, last week the Gracious Mistress of the 
Parsonage and I had birthdays. 

Our birthdays are only two days apart, which is convenient for me. My
birthday is first, and if my wife gets me anything for my birthday, it 
reminds me I need to get something for her birthday two days later. I 
could not plan it out any better had I tried. 

We celebrated our birthdays, I know which one I was celebrating but I'm
not allowed to mention the one my wife was celebrating. I did that 
once, but I learned my lesson and I will never, ever do it, ever again. 
Did I mention ever? 

Our week was so busy we really did not have time to formally celebrate
our birthdays. We try to do that every year, but this year our 
schedules did not permit such a celebration. 

The following week, however, went a little bit slower and we had a day
where by lunchtime we were finished. I suggested to my wife, “Why don't 
we go out and celebrate our birthdays at some restaurant?” 

Without even blinking, she responded in the affirmative. 

“You,” I said as I always say, “pick out the restaurant you would like
to go to and we'll celebrate our birthdays together.” 

This has been the procedure all through our life. She gets to pick the
restaurant, and I get to pick up the ticket. This has worked most 
famously for us and as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to change 
anything that still works. I have been married too long to jeopardize 
anything that works. 

We got ready and got in the car, I allowed her to drive as I always do,
and we headed for the restaurant of her choice. I love it when a plan 
comes together. 

All the way to the restaurant, we were smiling, giggling and just
enjoying ourselves. 

At the restaurant, the hostess took us to our seat and gave us our
menus. We still were smiling and giggling because we had a whole night 
with nothing to do except celebrate our birthdays. 

About halfway through our meal the manager of the restaurant was going
around greeting his customers. He came to our table and cheerfully 
said, “How's everything going tonight?” 

I'm the kind of person that does not like to miss opportunities. Since
we were in a state of giggleization, I forgot my manners and responded 
back to him. 

“This is the best,” I said, trying to hold back some giggles, “spaghetti
I have ever eaten.” 

Of course, the restaurant we were in did not serve spaghetti in any
shape, size or form. I just like to have a little bit of fun while I'm 

To my great delight, without even blinking an eye, the manager said,
“I'm so glad because we've been saving that spaghetti for the last six 
months just for you.” 

That was just the beginning of our joking back and forth. The patrons
surrounding us were laughing and it was a wonderful joke. He could 
give-and-take, and I could give-and-take as well. I love it when a plan 
comes together. 

Our waitress came and served our meal and I still could not get away
from my state of giggleization. Once I'm there, it's a hard road for me 
to back out. So I said to her, “I was just talking to your manager, 
Michael, and he said if I mentioned to you how lovely you look today 
you would give me a discount on my bill.” 

All the patrons around us were laughing and she looked at me and said,

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