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"Yoo-hoo, Hiya Mare," Rhoda peeks in, "Why is your front door open?"
"Phyllis is stopping by with her nephew, little Ricky Henry. He's visiting from California."
"Look at you Mare. You're the only person I know who can make curlers and a baggy t-shirt look glamorous. I'm wearing my Sunday best and I still look like a secondhand leftover."
"You look great Rhoda. Don't be so hard on yourself."
"You're right Mary, I should embrace these jelly rolls around my waist. They taste so good going down. But look so jiggly hanging around the middle."
"Toodle doodles," Phyllis enters Mary's apartment, "I'm here."
She walks in giving Rhoda a smug look, "What's that stench?" She paused, "Uh, it's your plumber," she looks at Rhoda again with her nose scrunched, "Had I known he'd be here I would have worn one of Lars' face masks."
"A face mask would have been a big improvement over that rubber mask you're wearing now," Rhoda says, "Oh wait, that's your face not a rubber mask."
Mary quickly changed the subject, "Phyllis, where's Ricky?"
"He's packing. He and Lars had a fight and Lars kicked him out. He's coming to stay with you."
"Wait, Phyllis, nobody asked me."
"Mary, you're always so willing to help the needy. We wouldn't want Ricky to be homeless, would we?"
Ricky walks in with his bags.
Mary looks at Phyllis and whispers, "He's a grown man. He can't stay here."
"He's seventeen, Mary, he's still a child."
Three hours later Mary comes back from dinner. She sees Rick sitting in a chair that faces away from the door.
As she walks in the apartment she notices that Rick is nude.
"Rick," she turns the other way, "what are you doing, cover yourself up"
"I'm a nudist, Mary. I didn't think you would mind."
Mary threw a blanket at him. "I mind. Now get out of here."
Rick grabbed the blanket and left in a huff.
With Love, RHC
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