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8 June 1996

The Art of Being Ex

Except for the lackluster musicians, Frank and Regina had an excellent wedding reception. My favorite touch, though, was including Andy--one of Regina's old boyfriends--as a guest.

There is a difficult art to being an ex-boyfriend, but Andy pulled it off magnificently. He never once looked disdainful or bitter. He was gregarious, cheerful, and never made a snide remark even when presented with some easy targets. He even clapped with marked enthusiasm at Frank's guitar solos.

Andy managed to look like he was enjoying himself more than the groom or the bride, and perhaps he really was. In any case it was a great performance. I don't know Andy at all, but I wonder: was schadenfreude his muse?

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