Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #137
…as far as I am concerned, this is the classic case of good a thing happening to good people…
Eleven of the original dozen return to the Niagara Hotel. No, no one gets lost or killed – merely waylaid. It is no surprise that Harv stays behind, to explore the merits of night photography. His pass key may go unused. “Don’t you worry about me,” he tells them. They do not, but it does not prevent the adults from using their imagination.
The carriage ride back to Ferry Street is jam-packed with cross talk, about favorite dishes, the champagne, the President, the Statler Hotel, but mostly Harv and Judith Eastman.
“Some people have a monopoly on luck,” laments Jacques Francoise, feeling like the wallflower at a cotillion; lonely, jealous and unchosen.
“Luck has little to do with it, my boy,” counsels Herbert Love, the benefactor of a successful marriage. “Harv has held out for the very same thirty years that Phoebe and I have been married. He had his chances along the way, but never the right woman. It takes courage not to marry out of loneliness. So, as far as I am concerned, this is the classic case of good a thing happening to good people.”
“The moral of the story is?” asks the other applicable party, Jacob Haley.
“I would say, ‘He who hesitates is not always lost’.”
“It’s more like, ‘Don’t put a fox in an empty henhouse’, jokes Ziggy, whose world is far less complicated, rarely resorting to lofty theory.
He gets an elbow in his ribs for his trouble. “Shush, Siegfried! You can be such a visenheimer.” Frieda would know.
They are back at the hotel before the poor boys can be humiliated any further, returning to a staff that attends to them in earnest, not contempt. One can only hope that this small piece of attitude adjustment is a highly infectious disease, spreading faster than a million, million mosquitoes carrying yellow fever.
Alpha Omega M.D.