Muriel Ballantine, my elegant, refined and wealthy neighbor, slammed her fist on my dining room table with enough force to make the salt and pepper shakers jump. “I was a showgirl. I made that perfectly clear to Rick Rivers when he recorded the interview at the radio station. You know I did, Barbara. You were sitting right next to me.”
She was correct. I’d been right beside her. And I’d hated every minute of being in the same room with the slimeball who downsized me from my former position as the producer for his talk show.
“You even explained the difference to him. Twice.”
“And I wrote it down. He can’t say he misunderstood. So why does he insist on calling me a stripper every time he mentions that my interview will run next weekend?”
Half a dozen responses leaped to my lips, chief among them being the fact that Rick Rivers, the self-proclaimed “Voice of Reckless River, Washington,” had no filter. He said whatever he thought might increase his ratings, or whatever was on his mind. That usually wasn’t much, and it wasn’t of fine quality. Rick wasn’t given to deep thought. And his intelligence-impaired brain was small – so miniscule even a fruit fly wouldn’t consider swapping without bargaining for a ripe peach to sweeten the deal.
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