Ed and I were sitting in the hotel room watching the Olympics (an exciting men's swimming event was taking place) when I picked up the phone to dial my mother. I asked excitedly when she answered, "Are you watching the Olympics?!"
"No. Why? What??" she said.
"No, nothing. I just wanted to know if you were watching the Olympics." I said.
"Oh. You were talking so fast, I thought you were asking about my cholesterol." she said.
"Your cholesterol? What???" Now it was my turn to be confused.
"I thought you said 'Are you watching your lipids?'" she said.
"Ma, that is too funny. Why would you think I would be asking about your lipids?"
"I don't know. That's why it didn't make sense. Boy, I must be going deaf" she said, "just yesterday at the meeting, I said to Doris, 'Did you hear everything they were saying at the meeting' and she said to me, 'Yeah, didn't you??' and I had to tell her that I didn't hear most of what they said, that everything sounded all garbled."
"Well, you may be going deaf, but at least you have low cholesterol." We both laughed.