From Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul

Ready to Be Entertained

It had been a crazy week at work for both of us. On our way home one Friday night, we knew it was time to break out the Blockbuster card, pick up a movie and order in some pizza.

On our way to the video store, my wife, Nikki, asked me what kind of movie I was in the mood to watch. After the long week before, I knew right away I wanted a comedy. So I told her, “I’m in the mood to be entertained. How about a comedy tonight?” She readily agreed.

Inside the store we started our search for the perfect movie that would leave us gasping for air from laughing so hard. Somehow we got separated as our eyes were focused not on each other, but on the myriad of choices on the shelves.

A few minutes later, Nikki came over and grabbed my arm as if she were terrified. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. “Are you all right?”

In a trembling voice, she said that, no, she was not all right. It seemed that when we became separated, she ended up standing next to someone else . . . who was wearing the same color slacks and shoes that I had on. Without looking up to make sure it was me, she had casually leaned over and, in a seductive voice, asked the stranger beside her, “So, you’re in the mood to be entertained, huh?”

The shocked stranger had turned to Nikki with a perplexed look on his face, wondering if this woman he had never met was actually propositioning him in the middle of Blockbuster. Realizing her mistake, Nikki had stammered out an embarrassed apology and fled in my direction.

I don’t remember the movie we got that night, but I know it wasn’t as funny as what happened while selecting it. I still tease Nikki about trying to pick up strangers in the video store. But I haven’t taken her up on her suggestion to write my name on the front of my shoes so that she can make sure she’s talking to me when we are there.

Dennis Rach

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