Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
My mother, is asked "how are you" or similar by someone she knew well,
would sometimes answer "don't ask", with a certain accent - implying
that there was a long list (of ailments and other depressions) if the
matter was pursued (done with a grin). Her first husband was Yiddish
(name of Dessau), and she picked up a lot of that (IMO sehr gemutlich)
A Jewish joke I've always liked:
Old friends Abe and Moshe have been meeting at lunchtime for 35 years.
Each time, Moshe spends almost the whole time telling Abe about problems
with his marriage, his job, his kids, his health...until one day Abe
finally breaks in with,
"Moshe, we have been friends for over 30 years. In all that time I have
sat here and listened to your problems and not once, not *once*, have
you asked me how things are with me!"
Moshe is mortified. He apologises at length to his old friend and says,
"Let me try to make amends. Abe, how are things with you?"
Abe sighs and says, "Oy - don't ask."
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)