A couple was going out for the evening. They'd gotten all dolled up, called
for a taxi, and put the cat outside.
The taxi arrives, and as the couple opened their front door, the cat shoots
back in. They don't want the cat shut in the house, so the wife goes out to
the taxi while the husband goes upstairs to chase the cat back out.
The wife, not wanting it known that the house will be empty, explains to the
taxi driver, "He's just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother."
A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab, "Sorry I took so long,"
he says. "Stupid old thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her
with a coat hanger to get her to come out!"