Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday Morning Stories With Mookie - Episode 98

The Time Mookie Made Fun Of His Friend's Christmas Present

This one goes back to my youth, and one I have always thought was pretty funny.

When I was a kid, my friend "Rick*" and I would often call each other late Christmas afternoon or evening and see what each other got. One particular year, the phone call took a rather ugly turn when I tried to make a joke during our conversation and it was NOT well received.
The exchange went pretty close to this:

Mookie: I got a SWEET remote control dune buggy.  It's pretty awesome.
Rick:  Nice. I got a remote control car too.
Mookie:  Oh yeah? You probably got one of those cars that has the cord attached to the remote and you have to follow it around.

This was followed by silence on the other end of the phone. In quickly realizing that he DID get a car that has the cord attached to the remote - I started laughing.
There is nothing "remote control"
about this shit.

Needless to say - Rick hung up on me.

When I called him back, I apologized but he wasn't terribly happy about it. He said he received the gift from his grandmother, and probably cost like $5.00. I again apologized and I think all was forgiven, but I'm sure he hated me for it.

Years later when I was "best man" at Rick's wedding, I actually revisited this story during my speech after dinner. I said how I had laughed at the gift he received all those years ago, and felt really bad about it. I then said that he had received a gift that day - a new wife who pledged to love him forever - and that was something I would never laugh at. It was corny but hey - it worked.

So this Christmas season folks, remember two things:
1. Don't laugh at anyone's gift; and
2. Don't give your kids shitty remote control cars where there is a cord connecting the car and the remote. Some people out there may not follow rule number one.

Happy Holidays everyone.

(*) Names changed to protect the guilty/innocent.

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