Mr. Freydick and Mr. Krekhtser (fictional characters) are acquaintances who bump into each other from time to time.
“How are you?” asks Mr. Krekhtser.
No matter how he’s feeling, Mr. Freydick typically smiles and replies, “I’m fine, thanks. How are you?”
Mr. Krekhtser never says he’s fine. This week it might be a sore back. Another time it might be a headache, a cold, a restless night or his allergies acting up. It’s always something. Mr. Krekhtser has an endless catalogue of ailments. He never fails to seize the moment and launch into a soliloquy that leaves Mr. Freydick wondering how to politely extricate himself from this mentally exhausting encounter. [Read more…]