“John, it’s me.”

“Who’s this?”
“Who is this?”
“John I’m calling you.”
“Is this Ben?”
“I’m sorry.”
“You’re sorry? For what?”
“Tell Pete I’m sorry too. Will you? Will you do that for me?”
“What are you doing?”
“I’m apologizing.”
“You don’t have to apologize to me.”
“I would apologize to everyone if I could.”
“Even to my wife?”
“And my children?”
“You’re on speaker phone.”
“Everyone’s here.”
“I was just telling John how sorry I was for what happened.”
“What happened?”
“Who’s this?”
“It’s Frank.”
“Frank, I’m sorry.”
“What for?”
“For acting like a horse’s ass.”
“Easy, easy.”
“You never do anything.”
“What’s my middle name?”
“We love you, Ben. We know you would never do anything to make us uncomfortable.”
“Now you’re making me feel bad about it.”
“No one’s making you feel bad about anything.”
“They’re not.”
“John, don’t do this.”
“Do what?”
“Don’t do it.”
“You’re breaking up.”
“No I’m not.”
“I’m on a land line.”
“I can’t hear you. Ben?”
“Where’s Sy?”
“Right here, Benny.”
“Sy. What’s the weather like, baby.”
“It’s dark and cloudy.”
“Is there a chance of rain?”
“That’s what they think.”
“I thought there was supposed to be a drought?”
“So what else is new?”
“It won’t happen again.”
“What won’t?”
“What did I do that was so horrible?”
“What I said didn’t mean anything. That was just bullshit, baby.”
“I said I wanted that on a roll.”
“Who’s that?”
“Now clean it up!”
“I said clean it up!”
“Is he talking to me or someone else?”
“Pick up after yourself for chrissake.”
“Tim, it’s me, Ben.”
“Who is this?”
“It’s Ben. Tim? Is that Tim? Who’s this?”
“It’s Tim, it’s Tim. And I wasn’t talking to you, Benjamin, I was talking to someone else.”
“Who else is there?”
“Does anyone else want to talk?”
“Not me.”
“I’m fine.”
“Well, thanks for calling.”
“It was nice talking to you again.”
“You take care of yourself.”

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