I was talking to my friend Troy about the usual things: work, music and friends I haven't seen in a while.
"How's Ron?" I asked.
"Oh, I guess he's alright, except he broke Val's heart."
"Oh no. What happened?"
"I don't know. These things happen. Accidents happen, things break, things catch on fire."
This seemed a little cavalier, especially when talking about a good friend's breakup. Even for Troy.
"But he broke Val's heart?"
"No! His boat caught fire!"
If anyone reading this ever meets anyone from the band Guided By Voices, please tell them that while I enjoyed seeing them in concert, I really would like my hearing back.