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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:
Dead-beat Dad Can Afford Wii
What happened: My ex-husband was in a car accident and now claims he can't work, therefore not being able to pay child support. A couple of weeks ago my kids came home and said "Dad got a brand new Wii". It has all the games and gadgets to go with it. What a loser!
What I said: Nothing I was too mad and didn't want to start a fight in front of my kids.
What I SHOULD have said: Get off your lazy butt and get a job! Sell the Wii and start being a better role model for your kids.
The French call it l'esprit d'escalier, "the wit of the staircase," those biting ripostes that are thought of just seconds too late, on the way out of the room-or even, to tell the truth, days later. It's happened to you: you've suddenly thought of just what would put your foe in his or her place, but past the time when the arrow could sting its victim. You've stewed in your own juice ever since, and the chance for singeing repartee is gone forever.
Or is it?
Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde may have had the rapier wit to tweak their tormentors on the spot, but for the rest of us, we offer the Internet's only L'esprit d'escalier web site!