they'd been making for years. It was grocery and errand time, and
when they could afford it lunch-out time. She settled into the
passenger seat, he started the car and they proceeded down the long
dirt road and tuned right onto the highway.
Several minutes passed in comfortable silence. She glanced at him and
asked, "Did you remember to bring the... the thingie you said you
needed to buy?"
He frowned and replied, "No, darn it. I forgot it. But I know the one
I need and we can get it at... um... what-its-names. I need to stop
there anyway for a... widget. You know the gadget for that What-chama-
call-it of yours."
She shook her head. "You can't get those there. We got the last one
at... Oh, you know the place. That store right next to... Mc-what-
it's-name. The place where Bill... no Bob... the guy from that garage
"Phil, I think it was Phil," he interrupted, "from the market."
"Right, Phil from Ray's, or was it McKay's? Anyway, where Phil
ordered the... what was it he ordered?"
"I think maybe he worked at the Quick Market Stop & Shop... Whatever.
Was he ordering something? I thought he was trying to buy a... one of
those little, what are they called? Anyway he couldn't get it there
and had to get it at... the place over near the store we went to to
get the deely-bob for the tractor. Or was it the mower?"
She grimaced. "I forgot about that. Anyway, should we stop for lunch
at that new place over on.. what street is it... the one where that
Mexican place, or was it a Chinese place, used to be? You know the
place, the one where Bill and Charlene got such terrible service that
they walked out?"
"That was Gail and... what's her husband's name... Jim? Jeff? And
wasn't it a burger place? Or was that the place on Maple Street?"
"Elm. Avenue. Gail's husband is Buck. Or is it Chuck? I don't want
Mexican though. How about that fish place we went to last month over
by the jetty?"
"Didn't they close? Or was that the place that was there before, the
one with the great prawns?"
"We had oysters there I think. Didn't you get sick afterwards? Or was
that the time we went with Whats-their-names, that couple from church?"
"No, we had clams and you got sick, didn't you? That was the day we
saw that movie... what was it called? The one with Brad Somebody and
that girl you like who was on that show. You remember the one, about
the two guys who go to some big town and try to rob some bank or
That was Jamie, Jamie... the one who was on... yeah, I remember. They
had a kid that was sick, or did the kid get lost? And they hired that
guy, the one from the sit com you used to watch."
"The show I started watching after our trip to, was it Mexico? Or was
that the cruise to Alaska? I LOVE that show! Did you remember to set
the timer to record it today?"
"Darn, I forgot. Do you want to go back so you don't miss it? I can't
recall what we were going to get anyway, do you?"