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Topic: BRAG (04/20/17)
TITLE: Bigger and Better
By Holly Westefeld
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Tex's eyebrow raised a hair with the return grip. "Name's Tony."
Tex removed the contents of the seat pocket in front of him and placed it in the middle pocket. "Can't beat the economy pricing, but the open seating is always a risk for the leg room. Did you catch the Cowboys/Giants game while you were in town?"
"Nope. I only root for the Yankees, and whoever is playing the Mets."
"Can't blame ya for ignoring the Giants. The Cowboys just walked all over them, as usual."
"Ya mean like the Yankees do to the Rangers regularly and often? They are victorious in about one of every four World Series. No football team even comes close with Superbowl wins."
The men ceased posturing while the flight attendants droned through the safety information. Tex stretched one leg in to the aisle, and the other under the middle seat. Tony stared out the window.
Tex pulled his left foot in as the flight attendant approached, distributing snacks. "What can I get you gentlemen to drink?"
Tex shook his head and smiled. "Nothing for me, ma'am. The lavatories are way too claustrophobic for me to risk needing one."
Tony also declined with a grin. "I don't want to make this gentleman have to get up on my account."
Tex and Tony reclined their seats and closed their eyes until the pilot announced their approach to Des Moines International Airport, and they had to return their seats to the upright position. At the gate, Tex groaned and stretched as he stood, retrieving his stetson. "It sure will be nice to be home. Are you making a connection?"
Tony removed the Yankees cap, stuffed it in his jacket pocket, and looked up. "Nope, this is home for me, too."
The men slapped each other on the back and laughed. Tony extended his hand. "Name's Jim. It's just not too exciting to talk about watching corn grow."
Tex shook Jim's hand vigorously. "Name's Bob. Ya got that right. Of course, there's always the next primary."
They sized each other up carefully and queried simultaneously, "Republican or Democrat?"
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