Nick Polchak on ?Patience is a virtue"
Nick looked out at the dog and its trainer again, scurrying back and forth across the field in their matching orange vests; there were now two small red flags planted in the ground and fluttering in the breeze. ?We?ve got to get back to work,? he said, ?and neither one of us can do that until Marge and Bosco wrap things up out there. Look at that?two lousy flags?that?s all they?ve got to show for a whole day?s sniffing around?and I?ll bet you twenty bucks that when we excavate those sites there?s nothing down there.?
?I?m beginning to think you don?t like that dog,? Kegan said.
?I dislike animals that dress better than I do.?
?Well, I feel sorry for them both.?
?I beg your pardon??
?It reminds me of the World Trade Center. Remember? You were there?there were dog teams everywhere. They were the kind that search for survivors?only there weren?t any survivors. By the end the dogs were all getting depressed, so the firemen started hiding in the rubble just so the dogs had someone to find.?
Nick looked at her. ?How do women do that??
?Manage to feel sympathy for someone who doesn?t deserve it. I just can?t do that.?
?Really? I feel sorry for you.?
Fifteen minutes went by.
Kegan looked at Nick and smiled. ?This makes you crazy, doesn?t it??
?It drives me absolutely bonkers.?
?I think it?s good for you?you could use more patience.?
?That?s another thing women do,? Nick said.
?Take pleasure in a man?s pain because it?s ?for his own good.??
?That?s not true,? she said. ?We just like to see men suffer.?
From Tim Down's Less than Dead chapter 6