Kelly's Eastside Grill used to be one of my favorite places to go for a causal meal and an adult beverage. It's a little hole-in-the-wall place in downtown Plano with good food and reasonable prices. In nice weather I liked to sit outside and enjoy the sidewalk scene.
I say this in the past tense as I haven't been allowed to go there for about 5 years now. No, I wasn't banned from there by "Kelly" the proprietor, but by "Kelly" my wife. All because of what she refers to as "The Great Little Person Incident of '07".
We had just arrived at Kelly's where I placed my order for a jalapeno burger, spicy fries, and a cold beer and then excused myself to go to the rest room. I had just begun my "business" when someone outside tried to twist the knob to come in. I politely said, "Just a minute."
In about 5 seconds there was a knock on the door and again I said, "Hold on." Then in just a couple of more seconds he started banging, so I yelled, "KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON PAL!"
After the obligatory hand washing (yes mom) I opened the door and said, "Sheesh!"....only there was nobody there. Well, there was, only he was a "little person" about 4 feet tall. I had to look down and squint to see him.
I went back to my table and told K what had happened when we began to hear sirens....you could hear 'em getting closer and closer until they stopped right outside Kelly's. Paramedics came in with all their paraphernalia and minutes later hauled the little guy out on a stretcher.
K's face went pale as she leaned over and whispered, "What did you do to him?"
"Me? Nothing! I never touched him, I swear."
We woofed down our meal in record time and she hustled me out the door, doing everything but holding a jacket over our faces like the perps on TV when they're running the gauntlet of reporters on their way to arraignment.
To her that was "The Great Little Person Incident of '07". I have no idea why it embarrassed her so much. To me it was just a little guy with a personal plumbing problem. I hardly think it deserves my five year (and counting) banishment from Kelly's.
How come I couldn't just get a 10 minute "time out" or something, considering I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING?
It ain't fair, I tell 'ya. ;)