Past Imperfect – #481


Police Officer: “M’am, I’m sorry to bother you since you seem to be so comfortable in that position, but I do have a few questions about what happened tonight.”

Comfortable Lady: “I don’t mind. I’ve never been one to shy away from confrontation. Ask away.”

Officer: “Well, we received a call from the owner of this house that someone was in this house that doesn’t belong. I’m assuming that’s you?”

Lady: “Oh. Well, your caller must have been misinformed. I completely belong in Hollywood.”

Officer: “Hollywood? Hollywood’s a big place, because they have to make room for all the egos. But this is just a house, one of many thousands, and one that does not belong to you.”

Lady: “Yes, I’m aware that Hollywood might not be mine, for the moment, but I intend to make it so. You can’t get anything if you wait for people to give it to you. You have to take it. For these few moments, I have this sofa, and it makes me happy. Isn’t it a lovely sofa?”

Officer: “Well, it’s certainly better than the one I have at home. It’s covered in beer stains and regret. But this one is not yours. Why don’t you come with me so we can find you another sofa that won’t result in a call to the Beverly Hills PD?”

Lady, sighing: “Yes, I suppose you’re right. I got a bit carried away and I didn’t follow the rules. But that’s just how I am. I think that one should do what feels right instead of what one is told is right. If we all stick to the norms, the norms never change, and if that’s the case, how will we ever grow?”

Officer: “You think it’s okay that your growing involves being in a place that you shouldn’t be?”

Lady: “I admit that I stumbled with this one and there was a slight error in judgment. Sometimes I reach too far, but I learned a long time ago that if you don’t reach at all then you will never touch anything. I believe that we have to make mistakes in order to truly appreciate success. What do you believe, Mr. Officer?”

Mr. Officer: “I believe that I need to get your name for the police report.”

Lady: “Barbara. Barbara Stanwyck.”


9 replies »

  1. Yep. She definitely owned that couch. She was magnificent! If i tried to pose on a couch like that, i would just look ridiculous and hilarious. Lol And quite intoxicated. Snort

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    • Some folks just have a knack for looking effortlessly swank and fashionable. Me, I’m not on that list. In fact, there are probably restraining orders out there that legally prevent me from even trying… 😉


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