Children Wives and Other Wildlife Author:Robert Thomas Allen Mr. Allen's wry philosophical pen covers many an all-too-familiar situation: — "I've seen office parties that started like a lieutenant-governor's ball and ended like Saturday night at Clancy's Gym. I've seen a five-foot order clerk get such a grip on a senior salesman's tie that he almost had to be beaten loose with ice buckets. I've seen a qu... more »iet little brunette who hadn't looked up from her desk all year take her glasses off, climb on top of a filing cabinet, and sing six verses of a parody I never want to hear again. And for six months after I've explained to my wife, 'Look, I don't know why, but wives just aren't invited to office parties.'
His children ask him searching questions: 'One time one of my girls asked me what makes a knock in a motor. I said, well, it might be a main bearing or it might be a connecting rod. She said, if there was a knock in your motor, which would it be? I still wonder what the answer is.'« less