I was at once soured and flattered when I had heard secondhand my dad's remark about a friend of mine, years ago.

"I like him.  He's the only one who's got enough moxie to handle Mary."

Ahem... handle?

And yes, that's right.  One would need a lot.

Sorry to disappoint dad, but things did not go in that direction.  Much to my mother's delight.  She did not find his charm quite as amusing.

Here we go, Day 173: