Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Tuesdays with Murphy
Probably everyone is familiar with the book "Tuesdays with Morrie". Well, I recently realized that I have Tuesdays with Murphy.
"Tuesdays with Morrie" is about a man who spends time on Tuesdays with his favorite college professor (who is dying of ALS) named Morrie. Tuesdays with Murphy is about my recurring Tuesday lunch date with my friend Steven, whose nickname is Murphy. There isn't much similarity between the 2 stories other than the day of the week and the sound of their names.
My friend Steven has had a difficult time finding and keeping a competent assistant, so we started calling him Murphy after the 90s TV show "Murphy Brown". Murphy was an exacting TV news reporter who just couldn't keep an assistant. In nearly every episode Murphy would arrive at the station to find a different person attempting to assume the role.
Steven/Murphy works just a few minutes from where Spouse & I live. About 6 months ago I started meeting him for lunch at a sandwich shop that offered a big discount on Tuesdays. The sandwiches are interesting and delicious, and range in price from $6.99 - $8.99 but on Tuesdays they're all just $5. Thus began my tradition of Tuesdays with Murphy.
Occasionally we've invited others to join us, but most of the time its just the 2 of us. Although I'll soon be starting work as a realtor, I expect to continue having lunch on Tuesdays with Murphy.