Greg and Barry

Two old friends caught up for lunch.

Greg and Barry hadn’t seen each other for over twenty years.

“How have you been?” Barry asked. “I’ve been good” Greg said, ordering from the menu “I’m married with two beautiful kids. Work is a bit dull but it pays the bills. How about you, how have you been?”

Barry puffed up his chest in pride “Well, I’ve been great! I’ve spent the last twenty years living the dream. Moved out from living with my parents early. I was lucky to be in a privileged position that I didn’t need to find work. I’ve spent most of time with hobbies like reading and going to the gym. Money hasn’t been too much of an issue for me either”.

Greg couldn’t help but listen and feel a bit envious about Barry living the good life for the past 20 years.


The two friends parted after lunch.

Later that night Greg was having dinner with his family when the phone rang.

“Excuse me, is this Greg?” a voice asked. “Yes it is, how can I help you?” Greg replied.

“I’m trying to track down Barry. You’re listed as one of his contacts” the voice continued.

“Okay”… Greg asked confused “Can I ask who this is?”

“This is Barry’s parole officer”.