Lenore: Excuse me, mister. You know that guy, Michael-something-er-other?
Me: What? Who?
L: You know, his name is something Michael or Michaels and he was on that show? The Rock of something. Well, he went to the hospital and all.
Me: (annoyed) Oh, you mean Bret Michaels? Can we talk about this another time?
L: I just wanted to tell you that his father said he was okay. I mean, I just read it.
Me: (dismissive) Okay, thank you.
L: (a little short) Fine.
Me: I'm just busy. (turning in chair, feigning interest) So he's doing better? Did you hear if he was going to be out of the hospital soon?
L: Well, I don't really know who he is other than from being on The Apprentice and that other show, but I thought you liked him.
Me: Really? I, uh, no, I don't really have an opinion on him.
L: Who is he then?
Me: He was in the band Poison and--.
L: He was in a poison?
Me: His band's name was Poison, it was, metal er rock music.
L: Oh, that's him! I don't know them though.
Me: And he's doing better? Bret is?
L: That's what his dad said.
Originally posted April 26, 2011