Alan J. Schwarz
11 min readNov 10, 2020

The meeting was beyond boring and Alan Sampson was feeling restless. He had been to seven different sessions about taxes and tax avoidance and his brain needed escape.

Alan went down to the bar to grab a bite and a drink, then he thought he’d head to his room and watch some HBO. There was one more day left of the most boring Accounting seminar he had ever attended.

He had gone under protest, but as a partner of the company sponsoring the event, he had no choice. There were clients, and potential clients, and representatives from different levels of Government and of course other Accountants.

It was while munching on a slice of over cooked cheese pizza and sipping on a glass of diet coke that Angie Paschal walked into the bar. She sat down at a different table and picked up a menu. It was obvious she hadn’t seen him.

Angie’s husband Larry Paschal was someone that Alan had known for years. They were in the same B’Nai Brith lodge together. He walked over to Angie’s table and introduced himself.’’Hi Angie, I’m Alan Sampson’’ before he could finish Angie laughed ‘’I know who you are, Larry’s talked about you, please sit down and join me. I could used some company and I can’t handle another word about off shore companies and maintaining compliance documentation.’’

When the waitress came over Alan ordered a Greek Salad and a Grilled Cheese sandwich. Angie put her hand on top of his, which he found a little strange. ‘’So, that’s how you keep your boyish figure, I’m going to have the French Onion Soup, I can always diet tomorrow.’’ Alan smiled ‘’Trust me, you don’t need to worry about that.’’

Angie had a big grin on her face, ‘’I appreciate men who are good judges of character and a woman’s body.’’ For a second Alan thought the conversation was going in a strange direction, but he was certain he was over thinking things.

‘’So Larry never told me, did you ever get married or are you the oldest bachelor on the planet.’’ When she put it like that it made Alan feel kind of creepy. ‘’I keep on looking for love, but all the good women are taken, you’re a case in point.’’

All of a sudden Angie had a serious look cross her face and she took a deep breath. ‘’I wish Larry felt that way. We’ve been together…

Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.