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I was going to end there, but I find I cannot leave you without a goodbye kiss of sorts. Hence, here is a short (and true) story about the Most Obnoxious Woman in the World.
The Most Obnoxious Woman in the World is at a party. She is drinking copious quantities of Scotch, which is having the predictable effect. It is the mid 70's and she is bathed in Rive Gauche cologne and Qiana.
The biorythm of the party momentarily ebbs. Conversations lull, the reel to reel pauses between Barbara Streisand songs.
The Most Obnoxious Woman in the World farts loudly during this brief intermission.
"Who stepped on the frog?" she bellows after an uncomfortable beat.
The crowd bursts out in laughter, which is directed in part at her and in part with her.
I know not where the Most Obnoxious Woman in the World is today or even if she is still alive. I was nine when I spied this scene furtively from my hiding place at the top of stairs during one of my parents' parties. The experience was indelible and I am happy to report that this is the only time I have ever repeated the woman's frog line, which I do at her expense and without apology. I am certain the Most Obnoxious Woman in the World used it herself on any number of occasions beside the one I have recounted here.