I was discussing OldSmoothie and UpTights on Friday with SlipperySlope. âI used to know them both years ago. Rising stars of their generation. Picked out for great things. They even made rather a glamorous couple for all of about a week.â
âOh.â That was news to me.
âBut now theyâre like a couple of old has-beens fighting over lost dreams and faded glory, BabyB. Great to watch but you know what? Itâs one of the few spectacles in this whole money-making world which actually makes me feel just a little bit sad.â
I didnât have anything to say as he paused.
âYou know what I mean, BabyB. OldSmoothie all âI coulda been a contenderâ rubbish as old colonels blow smoke up him on his golf club committees.â
I couldnât help smiling at the accuracy of that portrayal. It seemed Slippery had more about him than his brash front suggested.
âThen poor UpTights. I mean one minute sheâs all Gloria Swanson and âIâm still big, itâs just the world around me got smallâ and the next minute sheâs Blanche DuBois and the kindness of strangers lost in her own little world. These days UpTights hates the whole world, especially women and OldSmoothie. He just hates himself.â
Golly. There really was no answer to that either. Then he brightened up and said.
âBut hey, thatâs why theyâre still in business. Complex is good in your line of work, BabyB. I mean, no case is ever black or white. Just like barristers.â
Then he paused and looked at me sympathetically and added,
âI wouldnât be a barrister for all the money in the world.â