May 2004 (v6 i6)
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Bitter single man enjoys hearing couples argue
Raised voices, angry sidelong glances bring joy to his day
by Elizabeth Barksdale, Associate Editor

PHOENIX, AZ — Embittered 34-year-old single man George Fansor, “tired of seeing happy couples everywhere,” admitted his enjoyment upon witnessing a couple that seemed frustrated with each other.

The event occurred while he was waiting in line at a local Chick-fil-A Thursday night, Fansor said. He noticed that although Scott McDaniel and Sara Prior appeared to be a normal, happy couple, they were both frowning and had their arms crossed in irritation. “I wasn’t eavesdropping or anything,” said Fansor. “But the night shift people were taking a long time getting orders ready, and this guy and girl in front of me in line were talking. I just happened to overhear.”

McDaniel reportedly asked Prior, “Why are you acting so weird?” to which she replied, “I don’t know. You’re the one who’s acting weird.”

“They seemed to be having some sort of argument or spat,” said Fansor, who has not had a date since last October, with a slightly smug expression.

“I hate to say it, but it made me feel kind of good to see them look so unsatisfied with their relationship,” he continued. “Usually couples I see are holding hands or laughing or they have their arms around each other in public, and it gets kind of sickening, you know?”

Prior tersely refused McDaniel’s offer to buy her some waffle fries, and when McDaniel asked, “Do you want to stay over tonight?” she merely shrugged and turned away.

McDaniel then frowned, sighed and shook his head as Fansor watched with secret satisfaction.

“I’m not a sadist or anything,” said Fansor. “I mean, I’m a nice person, but it’s just good to see that people with a ‘special someone’ aren’t always so damn happy.”

After paying for his food, Fansor returned to his home where he ate his chicken sandwich alone while watching The Tonight Show, feeling good about his status as a “bachelor without a care in the world.”

Meanwhile, McDaniel and Prior yelled at each other in Prior’s Kia, before reconciling their differences, and apologizing to each other.

They then told each other “I love you” and went to McDaniel’s apartment, where they had make-up sex and watched the end of The Tonight Show.
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