"Ferret was asking about you," Big S told me down at the shopping center this afternoon.
"What is that old codger up to?" I asked inquisitively. I haven't heard anything about Ferret in weeks. I've missed him and his antics.
"He was buying a bottle of mouthwash," Big S said. "That dumb bastard is going to pickle his insides."
"Damn," I muttered as I sat down next to Big S and lit up a cigarillo. "You sure it was mouthwash?"
"$1.25 a bottle," Big S said. "He borrowed the money from me."
My stomach did flip-flops thinking of Ferret drinking that swill. I was genuinely dismayed that he had started back drinking. He had been doing so well for awhile there. I can't say much though. I have been known to drink it myself during desperate moments. You reek of mint for days afterwards and your stomach is torn up something terribly.
"What are you doing today?" Big S asked.
"I am avoiding Rosa," I replied. "She has called all morning wanting me to take her somewhere. I walked down here for the peace and quiet. That phone ringing drives me crazy."
Big S laughed jovially.
"I thought you two had broken up," Big S said.
"We have," I replied. "Old habits die hard. She hasn't gotten the hint."
Big S then let me borrow 30 cents to buy an orange cola. I walked on home drinking my Sunkist, remarking how beautiful the day was. It almost didn't feel like winter with a warm sun and even warmer temperatures. This always makes me think that really bad weather is on the way.
I never made it to the library or Goodwill. I couldn't bring myself to get presentable to do that. Luckily, Big S doesn't care what I look like and I was certainly looking like a homeless man this afternoon. I will try again tomorrow. I felt so tired today. Maybe it was my medications, but I couldn't even bother to put on clean clothes and I haven't shaved in days. I am definitely looking rough these days. At least, I took a shower this morning so I didn't smell like a homeless man. :-)