SHE WROTE: The Korean Restaurant Story
I did try to choke him in Reno. Here's why:
He has this Korean restaurant thing he talks about which is really interesting the first time you hear it. And I have no problem listening to it when he tells it to other people now. But he told it to me and it was interesting. And then the next time we were together, he told it to me again. And the next time he told it to me again. And it wasn't that he was repeating it, it was that he kept forgetting that he'd told it to me. In other words, talking to me isn't interesting enough to remember. So this goes on a couple more times and then we're in Reno, under a lot of pressure, and we're standing outside a Chinese restaurant waiting to have lunch with an editor where I will do all the talking, and there's this long silence and I'm thinking, "He's going to tell me that damn restaurant story again, he's going to tell me that AGAIN," and it was like waiting for the other shoe to drop, and the minutes stretched out and then, he said, "When I lived in Korea," and I grabbed him by the throat and said, "If you ever tell me that fucking story again, I will kill you." And he said, "Oh-kay." And I let go of his throat and apologized.
You'd have done it, too.
Of course, now he tells me the Korean restaurant story ON PURPOSE to make me insane, but at least he remembers the conversation in front of the Chinese restaurant.