It was Saturday afternoon, and I was spending the day with my girlfriend, Joanne. I had just come in from mowing the lawn and was in the kitchen making myself some lunch.
Joanne walked into the room. “I appreciate your mowing the lawn,” she said, “but we need to talk about all the food you’ve been eating here lately. It’s getting to where I can’t afford it.”
“What are you talking about?” I asked, as I slathered mayonnaise on a ham, turkey, chicken, beef, pastrami, salami, meatball and bacon sandwich.
“Don’t get me wrong; I want you to come over,” Joanne said. “It’s just that you’re eating me out of house and home. I feel like I’m buying groceries every few days.”
“I have a physically demanding job now,” I said, lettuce spewing from my full mouth. “I have to consume more calories. My muscles are growing.”
Joanne glanced at my gut. “I’m not sure it’s your muscles that are growing.”
“Well, what do you want me to do?” I asked. “I can’t starve!”
“As gravely concerned as I am about your wasting away,” Joanne said, “I can’t continue to pay so much for groceries. Is there a way you could, you know, chip in a little?”
“I’m sure you’ve noticed the finely mowed lawn out back,” I said, taking another gargantuan bite from my sandwich.
“OK — I’ll spot you the sandwich. It’s true that you paid for it with sweat equity. But what about the box of Tuna Helper you prepared for yourself last night?”
I gave her a mischievous grin. “I imagine I can pay for that with sweat equity, too. What do you say I spend the night tonight?”
“Eh,” Joanne said, shrugging. “If that’s your proposal, I think I’d prefer the money.”