#278 – The Family Crest

Thanks to my wife, I got caught between a rock and a hard place last night. She volunteered my services to communicate with her nephew, who’s home from college for spring break. Marcello has informed his parents he wants to quit the fraternity he joined last fall. Believing their boy too much of a loner, his parents feel group participation will benefit him in the long run. They’ve urged his to reconsider, but he’s stubbornly refused their entreaties. That’s where I entered the picture. Sophia told her brother that her nephew respects me and that I’d be happy to sway him toward his parents’ view. Right!

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#279 – Throwing Her off the Scent

I doubt anyone who’s been married would dispute the importance of trust and respect for a successful relationship. The absence of either greatly increases the odds of divorce, and without both qualities a couple can pretty much kiss their marriage goodbye. When my newest client reported that very situation in his union, I admittedly felt sympathetic … at first.

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#280 – Don’t Do Me Any Favors!

While a Senior in college, I “punked” one of my apartment mates by switching out his dirty laundry for clean clothes and returning the used articles to their original drawers. The joke worked even better than expected, since he wore soiled items for five days before the truth dawned on him. Two days ago, I played the same prank. Except, this time the trick was purely unintentional, as was the victim.

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