Exceptions"So you remember that I was going to ask Tom and Brenda if they could go to dinner with us?"
"Um, what?" That's my go-to phrase when I have no idea what Gloria is talking about.
"Dinner," she said. "We talked about it last week."
"Oh, right," I said.That's my follow-up go-to phrase.
"We're going out on Saturday," she said.
"Just the four of us, right?" I asked. To me, more than four people equals a mob.
"Yes," she said. "You know, I used to think that it would be fun to invite people who didn't know each other but were friends of mine, because I thought they would all like each other. It never seemed to work out that way, though."
"Of course it didn't work out that way," I said. "That's a code violation."
"Men don't want surprises," I said. "We actively prevent them."
"If men are involved, the only acceptable surprise guests are children from the Make-A-Wish foundation," I said.