Moving Dead Bodies and Other Things We Do for Our Friends

At a conference I attended earlier this year, I heard the amazing Brene Brown give a speech about “Move-a-Body-Friends” (MABF’s): People you could call in the middle of the night to come over and dispose of a body, no questions asked.

At first I thought, Who of my friends has the right girth and strength to take on such a task?

Next I thought, Who would I have to “off” to see if my supposed MABF will follow through? 

Then, it dawned on me. Brene was simply speaking metaphorically. So I put down the knife.  I figured I’d check in with one of my besties, to see if she’d move a body for me. It went something like this.

Me: Hey.

Possible MABF: Hi. What’s up?

Me: I just wanted to see if you would move a body for me?

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MABF: Wait, say that again?

Me: Would you move a body for me?

MABF: Move one, like in Desperate Housewives?

Me: Yep.

MABF: How did it die?

Me: Does that matter?

MABF: Well, did you kill it on purpose?  Look, if it was Mark, I would do it, obviously, but other than that, I’d want to know if it was an accident.  

How quickly we assume it’s the husband.

Me: Fine, let’s say it was on purpose? Let’s say Mark made that weird chewing sound he makes when he eats bagels, and I just couldn’t take it anymore, so I beat him with the cream cheese container.

MABF: Really, that’s your weapon of choice, cream cheese?

Me: I’m assuming it would be in the heat of the moment, and that would be the nearest thing.

MABF: Do you have any idea how long it would take to kill someone with a cream cheese? I don’t know if this is a well thought out plan.

Me: I’m NOT MAKING A PLAN, I’m just assessing the level of our friendship!

MABF: Well, what condition is the body in; is it all mangled? I have a weak stomach, you know.

Me: I just told you I beat him with a cream cheese container, I don’t think mangling will be involved.  Maybe some curdling, if we let him sit too long.  I want you to know I’m starting to rethink our friendship.

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MABF: Why do we have to move it? Couldn’t we just say it was self-defense?

Me: Fine, but in that scenario you’d have to rough me up to make it look real.

MABF: Yeah, I could do that.

Me: I feel like you answered that so effortlessly, and yet, the rest of this pow-wow isn’t going the way I’d hoped.

MABF: Look, I wouldn’t rule the whole disposal thing out, I’d just have to know a little more.

Me: Is that your way of saying you’d be up for the conversation?

MABF: Would it go like this, “Hey, what did you get at Saks yesterday?  What are you making for dinner?  What should I do with the body in my kitchen?”

Me: Yes … but frankly, I wouldn’t care what you’re making for dinner.

MABF: Then sure, why not? Would you have extra bagels?

Me: Yep.

MABF: I’m in. So, what are you doing for breakfast, I’m hungry.


As it turns out, I do have an MABF -- a meticulous, crafty one, who’s willing to beat me up, if necessary. I’m so lucky!


Do YOU have an MABF? What crazy stuff have you done for her/him? 

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