Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 28/05/2001

[Music - Die Fledermaus]

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday May 28, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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I had a very happy experience over the weekend. I reconciled with a very close & long-cherished friend from whom I'd been estranged for a few months. Back then, some differences arose between us. Both of us having highly combustible personalities, angry - often stupid - words were exchanged, over-the-top accusations flew back & forth, & I myself pronounced the situation irretrievable. Long silences ensued, punctuated by the occasional snapping & snarling. Then I let fly again one night, anger inflamed by the odd red wine or two too many. At that point SHE pronounced the situation irretrievable. Now this is a woman I love as much as it's possible to love someone without being romantically involved. I didn't really want to be estranged from her, or not to try to retrieve the situation, but stubbornness may well have prevented my making the attempt were it not for the advice of a mutual friend who said, "For Heaven's sake, you both need your heads banging together. Now pick up the phone & ask her out."

I did. And I'm very glad I did. We discussed our differences openly, candidly, without rancour, & discovered to our delight that we could live with them. We wined, dined, then repaired to my apartment where we chatted & laughed away till 3 in the morning - just like old times. We realised how silly we'd been to be apart for so long, especially given the medical clouds over both our horizons; that what we have in common far outweighs the things we don't.

So this editorial is a celebration of friendship. No, not any old friendship for the sake of it, & I'm not saying forgive the unforgivable - one should not do that. But contrary to my earlier perception, there was nothing unforgivable involved here, & only my own blind fury made me ever think otherwise. This has been a valuable reminder for me of what a true friend can be like - someone who shares one's core values, someone with whom one can talk meaningfully, laugh, "let it all hang out." I'm very glad to have her back.

Will we ever scream at each other again? Possibly, given the volatility of both of us. But I'd like to think that if we do, we'll stay mad for just a few minutes - then make funny faces at each other, laugh, & dissolve hilariously into each other's arms. Friendships like this are as rare as they are precious - & we're a long time dead.

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