A late night at the bar, the woods' got a cop and a homeless guy, they're talking, both are local, they're swapping dating stories, the cop has a few but the homeless guy won't be outdone, long dirty blonde hair and a beard, he tells us proudly that he's a "hobosexual', I've read "Down and Out in London and Paris", I know what he means, I want to listen but I gotta close this bar up and leave him to regale the cop with the tales of his omnivorous voracity ...

Perusing the thrift shops when I come across a coffee mug and I have a flash of inspiration...

It's not just a coffee mug, why, it's not a coffee mug at all! 

It's an engagement ring!!! That also holds coffee....

Function and beauty...much better than the old engagement rings that merely advertised vulgar bad taste, why, add a few rhinestones and a Starbucks card and you've got a wedding that I could afford...

Talking with the Chef, nothing important, and he refers to "My Second Last Wife...". Which struck me as a curious turn of phrase, I didn't ask how many there were all told, but it followed him telling me he'd changed his phone number to avoid bill collectors, who were calling him at a rate of 10 per day...

File this all under "Too Much Information". 

The nephew calls, it's been a month, 6 weeks even, he's got stories...

Like how he got a job at Wal-Mart in Cochrane for a few days, only the 15 year old 200lb 5' tall autistic kid didn't like how he was working so complained to the manager, this deaf-mute, who promptly began to tell the Nephew off, only the Nephew couldn't understand as he's a new immigrant who doesn't speak English that well, and the deaf-mute guy, well, you know, his English wasn't so good either, and in the end the Nephew quit, wasn't his sort of thing, he really wanted to meet cute girls but there wasn't any there, all just marginal people, disabilities, new immigrants, etc, and I think to myself "Welcome to Corporate Canada in the 21st Century".

And, hanging up, I realize how much I miss him, I mean, he's now the most normal person I know...