NEW YORK CITY - Rick Perry did what every man, woman, and child in America has done at one time or another; he forgot the third item in a three part series.
I recall my cousin Vinnie once telling me that his favorite candy bars were Three Musketeers, Snickers, and...ah...and...the third one.
Twenty minutes later Vinnie called me up and said, "Milky Way, my third favorite candy bar is Milky Way."
Vinnie was 19 at the time and he was the star quarterback at his high school so he had memorized over 700 football plays.
Another time a young lady I was dating in college turned to me as we were sitting in the backseat of my Chevrolet Caprice at The Moonlight Drive In Theater and she said, "You know what I like about you?"
I asked, "No, why don't you put down the bag of popcorn and tell me."
She smiled, put the bag of popcorn down, combed her hair, straightened out her miniskirt and said, "There are three things about you that I really and truly love. One is your smile. Two is your sense of humor. And three is your...ah...your...ah..."
I interrupted her and asked, "My wiener?"
She smiled and said "No, it's your fantastic knowledge of knock-knock jokes."
I rolled my eyes. I raised my eyebrows, I took away her bag of popcorn, and I asked her if she was sure that the third thing was not what I had replied.
She started laughing and told me that yes it was and that she was only pulling my leg.
Well, the good looking sexy young woman was certainly in the right neighborhood.
But getting back to Rick Perry. After he had his "Oops" moment during the Michigan GOP Debate he went on several morning talk shows, The Cupcake Wars, Kathy Griffin's My Life On The D-List, and The Weather Channel and poked fun at himself.
Perry then went on The Late Show With David Letterman and actually read The Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses and sang "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" with The Paul Shaffer Band.
Governor Perry proved that he is a good sport. He told his wife, Mrs. Rick Perry, before the debate that he was going to purposely forget the third item to interject a little levity into the otherwise boring GOP debate.
Perry said that people are tired of hearing about Herman Cain and his "PizzaGate" bevy of white blonde women. They are tired of listening to Mitt Romney constantly talking about hair products and hair care, and they are certainly tired of hearing Michele Bachmann spend so much time and effort denying those incessant romantic rumors linking her and Ron Paul.
Rick Perry told Pico de Gallo of Tittle Tattle Tonight that his plan worked. He said that overnight his popularity went up by 7 points.
De Gallo asked him if he was planning on forgetting anymore things anytime soon.
Perry smiled and asked, "Like forgetting what Ling Chow?"
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Rick Perry's Ling Chow reference is to Ling Chow Rangoon a reporter with one of Tittle Tattle Tonight's competitors iRumors.]