“I realize it’s your brother’s friend and I should be nice to her and her year end project, but for God’s sake, it’s a black spray painted naked doll with a fork sticking out of its belly! I don’t really have to compliment it do I?”
Marie frowned, speaking a hundred pages of the ‘wife’s book of proper etiquette’ with a twist of her lip. “Just do it” she added with a raised eyebrow.
I had few options. I could lie and destroy my self image, or I could be honest and suffer the wrath of the assembled freshmen College of Art and Design artsy fartsies, most of which were now high on boilermakers made with ouzo. I decided to be clever, and try to use an old school phrase for honesty, hoping to have it received in a new school way, for the win.
“Fine Shit” I said as I smiled and pointed at her ridiculous excuse of an artistic masterpiece. “Hey, thanks Dude” goth-girl said grinning as her head pounded from shoulder to shoulder in some sort of satanically induced rhythm;
“Yup, some great shit” I repeated, visualizing her next work being a black spray painted pile of horse manure topped by a cherry. I moved on. I had more shit to appreciate.