We've got a saying in the news dodge: Great story, if true. My wife brought home one of those stories.
My wife's Seattle aesthetician knows what I do for a living. She told my wife about a support group for the wives of Italian chefs. I won't get into stereotypes, but you can imagine what these women might have to deal with at home.
Holy Oprah, whatta story!
I called the wife of an Italian chef in Tacoma whom my wife's aesthetician claimed to be friends with and whom my wife's aesthetician said belongs to the support group for the wives of Italian chefs.
I told the Tacoma chef's wife the story as I'd been told. Her silence was embarassing. I'd been had.
The Italian chef's wife said she and the Seattle aesthetician had joked about starting a support group for the wives of Italian chefs.
My wife's Seattle aesthetician fessed up that she was referring to a joke -- one she shared with the wife of the Italian chef from Tacoma. The support group was nothing more than what emerges from women's minds after a few glasses of wine and a couple of rounds of husband-bashing.
That one was funny.
This one wasn't.
I asked a Tacoma restaurant operator whether he and his partners are planning a place in a condo development. He told me no. The condo developer told my trusted source a different story.
The new issue of "Front Burner," the Washington State Restaurant Association's magazine, offers 10 tips for talking with the media.
No. 3 is: "Be honest. ... Never lie to a reporter. Your credibility is crucial, don't jeopardize it."
That last part goes for me, too. I'm going to ask the Tacoma restaurant operator one more time whether he and his partners are planning a place in a condo development.
I hope they don't mistake me for Montel Williams.