As my friend/coworker Mark helped me shoehorn a Christmas tree into the trunk of my Prius, he said "Hey - you know you get this OUT again, you know."
And I said, "oh, come on. If I can get it wedged in, it only stands to reason that I'll be able to get it out. That's just logical, right?"
My friend Mark is really smart and really kind. He did not make fun of me. And he won't, when I tell him about how I struggled tonight.
But it's up, and lit; Ian ran around turning lights off, so we could bask in the Christmas lights, and said "Hey! We should have a party! Here, in this room!"