“But something about her remarking on communication stuck with me. Maybe because I doubted it was the cure-all touted by a lot of pop books and therapists. When I thought about it more, I kind of agreed with Francie. Why not be dim-witted and content?” Ignorance is bliss. It’s Part 35 of Gorked.
“Her grumpy expression is a tip-off too, an expression so common in my family, that I could make a whole photo arrangement encompassing three generations of grumpiness.” Ashley Walker‘s grumpiness is hereditary.
“None of this boded well for us go-your-own-way types. All of it promised more landscaping, lots of slick realtors, ghastly block parties, and big fat property taxes to come.” Ashley Walker‘s neighborhood is changing…
“Circumstances were such that whatever I did to escape would only imperil me more. In chess, this ugly predicament is called zugzwang: any move you make will put you in checkmate. It’s a real mofo, zugzwang is, and I wish I had a snazzy solution for it.” In lieu of a solution, we get another essay from Ashley Walker.
“I do know he has an ex-wife much younger than he is, a beautiful Mexican woman, who sometimes lives with him and sometimes doesn’t. I do know Dwight can operate a chainsaw while loaded and still drink a beer at the same time.” Ashley Walker‘s neighbor Dwight loves his booze.
“‘Just one Buddha?’ he asked, and I nodded. He dug into a bin and brought out a gold-painted plaster figure. ‘Very nice,’ he announced, ‘ten dolla.’ I wanted to check out all his other Buddhas, but the store wasn’t a browsing sort of place, so I fished out my money and bought the one he held.” Ashley Walker doesn’t get the full buddha browsing experience.