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I know I said I was on hiatus

Posted by Robin Abrahams  August 23, 2012 10:27 AM

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... but I have to share this. So, the other day I walked to a business meeting, and by the time I got there, I was perspiring rather heavily, as a woman of a certain age does upon a day of a certain temperature. One of the women I was meeting with commented on my appearance -- several times -- rather loudly -- until I yelled with a kind of sitcommy flourish, "Can't a woman go through perimenopause in peace around here?" which managed to end that unwelcome line of discourse. Today I received the following email:
 
I really want to apologize for upsetting you the other day. I thought it was just another bit of evidence that 'climate change' is for real and I guess I've adopted a somewhat sarcastically flippant attitude as a defense against the hoard of climate deniers that are preventing our doing what needs to be done to save ourselves from what promises to be an uncomfortably hot future.
I replied that I was sorry my armpits had reminded her of our immanent global apocalypse, and let's call it even.
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