one of the priviledges of pastoral ministry is checking up on friends who are ill. yesterday evening when i was surprised by the following exchange at an assisted living facility in danvers.
unknown elderly gentleman (eg): "you better wear the green tomorrow!"
g13: "i'm not irish,* so why should i?"
eg: "because bad things happen to those who don't!"
g13: "like what?"
eg: "like getting your head chopped off."
* though i just might be korean