Back when I was married there were a number of my wife's friends from D.C. who couldn't make it to our wedding. A few, I had never met, so we'd get together for dinner, usually in Old Town Alexandria, where we had a favorite Chinese place on King Street. One of my wife's friends was a stewardess for American Airlines.
Even though we were seated at a table, I couldn't help but notice how tall my wife's friend was, at least six feet. Without any makeup she was utterly striking. Light brown hair, high cheek bones... I don't think it's an exagerration to say she resembled Marisa Berenson in Barry Lyndon. And like Berenson, she had an exceptional body.
I was trying not to look at her, less I stare in front of my new bride, and found distraction by slathering plum sauce on a Moo Shoo pork pancake. Head down and focused on my plate, she and my wife discussed her recent illness and inability, the stewardess thought, to shake a cold due to a confined
My wife asked if she had seen a doctor as I greedily brought the Moo Shoo filled pancake to my mouth, took a bite and chewed while focusing my attention on my Tsingtao label. "I really don't like seeing my doctor," she said. My wife asked why not. She said every time she saw her doctor he would have her disrobe and run in place for about a minute, after which, he would take her pulse.
I stopped chewing, slowly looked up from my beer label and saw the stewardess shift uncomfortably in her chair. My wife placed a hand on hers and asked, or confirmed, that the running was done naked. The stewardess nodded and added it was part of the exam - according to her doctor. I asked how old her doctor was. She wasn't sure but thought he looked a lot like Ben Franklin. I asked what the doctor did while she was running in place. She said he did nothing -- He just sat in front of her and watched.
It seems everyone in NYC has a cold or the flu. I'm not sure I can run in place for a minute. These days, I get winded rolling over in bed. Still, as old Ben would say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."