Sooooo I finally hear from katie yesterday. Of course I did, the kids bdays are coming up. She gave us the party plans which was fine as this time she was smart enough to make it the day of Nichole's baby shower so Nichole would already be in town and easy child is throwing the shower so of course she won't be working. That mail included that M's boss is raving at him over the water bill at the restaurant and he may lose his job. Not surprising, I've been expecting it. Then today she sends husband (never writes to him) a mail talking about the whole water bill thing.......husband has no clue what she's talking about as I didn't feel it important enough to tell anyone.........asking him if it's illegal for the owner to expect M to pay the water bill yadda yadda..... So I go online to check my mail. Sure enough I have a similar message. Seems M is telling katie that he's about to lose his job and manager/owner whatever is holding his paycheck to pay the water bill. Wow. That load of sh*t is right up there in husband's pathetic lie category, which is really really lousy. I'm not sure which is more pathetic, M's cover story or katie's willingness to buy it. And I decided that for once I wasn't going to be the least bit careful in my response to her and I didn't give a crud who it made mad. I was going to tell her exactly what I'd tell Nichole or easy child had it been them who asked........although they wouldn't ask cuz they wouldn't fall for it. I told her: 1. The restaurant is a franchise. Manager nor owner is going to risk a run in with the top dogs for such a stupid thing. If they have a problem with M they'd fire him. 2. They can't withhold pay. Period. Might be able to make you pay restitution down the road if you damaged something, but not withhold earnings. 3. Dishwashers use machines to clean the dishes. M has no control over the amount of water going into that thing, it's automatic. He loads it and unloads it, period. 4. M has either already been fired or is about to be fired and is making a poor attempt to cover his *ss. 5. M has either spent the paycheck (or plans to), or didn't receive one this week. (because he'd already been fired) Told her straight up he's feeding her a load of bull, and she's a fool if she believes it. Told her there must be a part of her that knows it too or she'd have just believed him and not asked us if this was possible. Oh........and manager supposedly told him that he was retarded, so his kids must be retarded too. I told her that was so much crud to distract from his pathetic cover story to get her mad at his boss and not him. IF the manager called him that......well sorry, I've called him much worse myself. lol Whatever. I've no more patience for the utter stupidity. He's been playing this same con game on her for more than a decade. You'd think she'd catch on by now. No more nice guy. She'd better stop asking me what I think because I'm d*mn well going to keep telling her!