Saturday, July 31, 2004

A remarkable addition to the neighborhood.

I was quite delighted this evening to make the acquaintance of a Mr. Waterbury, the new valet at the Smuckles household. I shall not raise the issue of who should be waiting on who, but rather observe that he is a true salt, and I recognized him as such immediately. Or rather, he recognized me: I have a weakness for wearing the old college signet ring, and I was not two seconds in his company before he commented wryly on our cricket team's record this season. Floored a few times over, I was scarcely able to defend our honor before he had offered me a silver-cased cigarette and taken my drink order. I do say, I like the fellow.