An alert Globe reader alerts us about today's Ask Amy column, specifically, the second question, which reads:
I recently ran into a famous local sports figure at my gym.
I didn’t want to bother him but much to my surprise he approached me. Turns out he knew me from my profession. He asked if I wanted to go out for coffee and we exchanged numbers. A few days later we had coffee and I thought it was pretty cool that he considered us friends.
Then everything changed. He told me he was interested in taking out a woman we ran into. She is my ex-girlfriend and we’ve remained good friends.
He asked me a couple of times if I wouldn’t mind if he asked her out. I reluctantly said no. I made plans with him, and then after talking to my ex I found out that he ditched our plans to go out with her.
The next day he called me and asked if I could help him move some furniture.
I barely know the guy, next thing he will be asking me to drive him to the airport. Two friends of mine warned me not to trust this guy. What’s the deal - am I being too rash or should I dump the guy as a friend?
Columnist Amy Dickinson then provides what is intended to be a helpful answer. Seinfeld fans, of course, realize somebody was trying to put one over Dickinson, because that question is really a basic summary of the two-part Keith Hernandez episode, in which he meets the Mets player in a gym and Hernandez asks him to help him move, which Jerry frets about because it's too early in their male friendship for that, and what would come next, Hernandez asking him for a ride to the airport? Both Kramer and George, of course, warn him not to say yes.