Ballston Lake Hubby In Hot Water, But Not Sure Why

By Dodie Fingerton

Published May 31st, 2015

Clark Bongerman strolls through a park near
his office wondering what it was he did wrong.

BALLSTON LAKE —A village man is sure his wife is upset with him for something, but he can't for the life of him figure out what.

“Call it a hunch,” said Clark Bongerman, referring to a sinking feeling he's had the entire day. “When I left for work this morning, Monica didn't seem herself. She was stomping around, mumbling things under her breath. And she had this look on her face that said — well, Christ, I don't know what it said, but it wasn't good. So I grabbed my coffee and high-tailed it out of there.”

The 45-year-old computer consultant said while he was starting his car he heard shattering glass, more swearing and his dog, Jabber, whimpering from inside the couple's Squashed Toad Run home.

“Jabber's a good dog, but I think he was abused by his previous owner,” Bongerman said. “Whenever there's any kind of conflict he runs and hides. He's a wimp.”

Neighbors, meanwhile, said they saw Clark Bongerman peel out of his driveway seconds after Monica Bongerman tossed a dinner plate at his windshield.

“Clark fishtailed into the street and almost got into an accident,” said Judd Plow, a neighbor who was watering his lawn at the time. “The damn dog was barking. Monica was screaming. Oh man, it was a scene alright. Any idea what he did?”

Calls to Monica Bongerman were not immediately returned, leading her husband of seven years to speculate that whatever was bothering Monica initially is now secondary to his failure to recognize it in a timely fashion.

Still, he contends his reasons for not yet apologizing are valid.

“To apologize just to apologize is not going to fly with Monica. She's gonna want to know if I know what I'm apologizing for. And since I don't, it’s liable to make things worse.”

As Saratoga Springs deals with the fallout surrounding a citizen who can't stop apologizing, the situation at the Bongerman’s is likely to receive more attention than it deserves.

“Yeah, and that's not going to be good for me either,” Bongerman acknowledged.

The anxious hubby is asking anyone who may know what he did wrong to contact him via social media by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, or he'll be forced to ask a co-worker — even one he doesn't particularly like very much —if they'd like to discuss his options after work over pizza and beer at Grecian Gardens. Bongerman said he’ll treat.


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