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I said "hi" to Bill Handel today and asked how he was doing. He said, "Great. Horrible. I was great until I saw you." Then he laughed and shot me that "Bill Handel" grin which indicates that he thinks he's funny. Rob Archer didn't help when he popped out of a studio to say, "That's an excellent line!" Uttering something like that to Handel is like fanning a wildfire with a Santa Ana wind.
About an hour later, Handel walked into the studio and invited me to a yearly day-long client party he has at his house. He's really a nice guy.
Handel's such a nice guy that he often gives me his leftovers from lunch meetings. He's given me gourmet pizza, shrimp enchiladas, sandwiches and all kinds of stuff. It began a couple of years ago when I noticed him returning to the radio station with a doggie bag from Morton's. I jokingly asking him if I could have it. He said, "Hell no! I'm taking it home to my dog. And I don't even HAVE a dog!" Then there was that laugh and grin. I found it amusing. A few minutes later, Handel walked into the newsroom and gave me the doggie bag.
Since then, Handel's gone out of his way to bring me his leftovers, either calling me into his office to present me with food he's touched but not eaten or stepping into the newsroom to do the same. But sometimes he forgets, or, maybe he just eats everything on his plate.
Today I saw Handle leaving for lunch with, Ann, one of our sales people. She's the best dressed sales person I've ever seen. I told Ann to order extra stuff and bring me a doggie bag. She just smiled.
"Nice. You know what you are?" Handel said. I said I did not.
"You're a 'schnorrer,' look it up. S-C-H-N-O-R-R-E-R. That's what you are, a 'schnorrer.'" Then came the laugh and grin. I looked it up.
It's a beggar. Especially one who wheedles others into supplying his wants. I'm waiting to see if that doggie bag shows up.