From the October 2012 magazine.

October 2012: At Wit's End

His New Best Friend
An alcoholic had just gotten a divorce, lost his children, been fired from his job and was facing eviction when he noticed a case of beer bottles in his trash. He took out an empty bottle and smashed it, and swore, “You’re why I don’t have a wife!” He threw a second bottle and said, “You’re why I don’t have my children!” Then a third … “You’re why I lost my job!” Then he discovered a fourth bottle, still sealed and full of beer. He took it, tucked it into his pocket, and said, “Stand aside, my friend—I know you were not involved.”

—Tony W., Fairfield, Calif.

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