The next stop on Laetitia’s tour of the western United States was in California. She and her group hiked among the cinder cones and ancient lava and pumice fields of Lava Beds National Monument, a relic of California’s volcanic past. They then stopped at Redwood National Park for more hiking amidst the tranquil beauty of the tall trees. That evening they stayed in Big Bar.
At dinner that evening, Laetitia overheard two ladies talking about an older fellow of their acquaintance named Morgan. He dressed well, was a good conversationalist, and was generous with his money. He was often seen with ladies, but never the same one. One woman confided to the other that she had gone out with Morgan and knew the reason for all the one-night stands.
As she thought about it, it occurred to Laetitia how important eavesdropping was in her newfound profession as a Mind’s Eye Limerick tour guide. She imagined her supervisor back at Mind’s Eye headquarters, whoever and wherever that was, using phrases like, “eavesdrops well,” “pumps locals well for gossip,” and carouses well with bartenders,” in her evaluation.
The ladies’ conversation provided the limerick of the day.