as so often happened, lamented his parent's lack of foresight. For, not
only had Mr and Mrs Itosis called him Henry, but they had insisted that
everyone call him Hal. In his teenage years he had tried to get people
to call him Henry, but it just hadn't worked. And besides, he actually
liked the name Hal.
And people definitely reacted to his name. He
had believed that adults tried to hold their breath while talking to
children, until he went to school and saw that they only did it with
He sighed and took a deep breath before he introduced himself to his blind date.
The ebullient parchment function
I decided on a soup despite the frightful menu. Paul chose a hotdog
which we all acknowledged require some bottle. But nothing could dampen
his ebullient mood. He had been looking forward to this function for so
long, he kept reminding us. The unveiling of the parchment was to be
done at 8 o'clock on the dot and before then we would dine and no doubt
hear many times how much he had looked forward to this event. He
enthused about everything, including the whole decor of the room, even
commenting on the inspiring idea of using opal tables. He chatted to
everyone who came even close to his vicinity, especially women though
his optimism seemed a little misplaced there. He was overall so buoyant
that I quickly grew tired and ended up sleeping through the whole
presentation, which meant I had to improvise with my glowing comments
about his speech.
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