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November 7, 2007
The day after Tihar ended, The Bitter One was unusually withdrawn. He packed away the votive holders, carefully scraped the melted wax off the shelves and floor and prepared one more ceremonial dinner.

This sixth dinner symbolized his years as a waiter on a cruise ship. Nearly every item on the menu was prepared table-side: Ceasar Salad, Steak Diane, Chateaubriand. Dessert: Crepes Suzette, Baked Alaska, Bananas Foster.

These dinners were excruciatingly formal. He insisted on proper attire. New china and silverware accompanied each course. He regularly refilled my water glass and scraped the crumbs off the table. It infuriated me.