EXCERPTS FROM FAMILY DINNER

  1. "Your mother and I always tell each other if we're going somewhere farther than Northridge," my father said.
  2. "You know what Dad's therapist told him," my mother said. "Anxiety attaches itself to something."
  3. "It needs a vessel," he added.
  4. "Mom and Dad think you have poor judgment," my brother said.
  5. "Mom and Dad know you smoke weed," I said.
  6. "I always tell your mother that if I ever left her, I would live in the trailer park in Topanga Canyon," my father said.