Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #429

Therapist, left: “But you must tell me everything about all of your repressed issues. Otherwise, I will never be able to heal you and write a bestselling book about how I saved you from the depths of depravity.”

Leslie: “But I can’t even look at you.”

Therapist: “Are you ashamed of the things that you have done?”

Leslie: “Actually, it’s that stupid beard. It looks like something I should use to scrub the bathtub.”

Therapist: “So your psychotic break happened during a moment of personal hygiene?”

Leslie: “No, it happened when you touched me on the shoulder.”


Previously published in “Crusty Pie” and “Bonnywood Manor”. No changes made for this post. I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, so I’m not all that invested in things at the moment and I let this one back out in a rare moment of non-tinkering.


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  1. Rest is the best panacea for any ill. I hope your malaise is short lived, but there’s something really cozy about a warm bed when one is feeling ill. Lots of liquids (stay hydrated), and avoid strange bearded fellows who pat one on the arm compassionately (allegedly) and pretend to be interested. They can set back anyone of however strong a constitution, let alone Milquetoast up there. That poor fella looks beside himself. I hope that doctor has a handy wastebasket in case something is on it’s way back up for the patient..

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    • There IS something cozy about a warm bed during bouts of yucky crud, especially when one can semi-justify staying in said bed for the whole day. I might not feel terrific and I’m all bitchy about things, but knowing that I don’t HAVE to do anything productive other than keep the fluids flowing is a respite for the soul, in a way. Just lay there and contemplate life and wait for better days…

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  2. Past Imperfect #429 needs no tinkering, it is perfect just the way it is!!

    I’m sorry about the bout with the crud. May your remedy work, but not too quickly. Whole days wrapped in warm covers
    are rare and should be extended for as long as possible.

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  3. Hope you start feeling better soon.
    Interesting aside: I recently started reading “Of Human Bondage” because I found it on my bookshelf and realized I never read it. Must have picked it up at a used book shop at some point. Anyway, never saw the movie but I can imagine Leslie Howard quite well as the main character.

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    • I’ve never actually read the book. Perhaps I should download it on my Kindle, so we can compare notes in the future?

      As for the movie, well, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I only have vague impressions, with one of them being Bette Davis searing the screen with her performance. She was so good that, when she was not nominated for an Academy Award, there was such an outrage that the Academy relaxed its rules to allow write-in nominations. She didn’t win, but she did the next year in “Dangerous” (some say as compensation), thus beginning her now-infamous run of nominations and awards…

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