"I noticed, in the restaurant, that Monte and Laurie literally eat off the same plate. Somebody had told me the other day that they 'ate off the same plate', but I had assumed he meant that they thought alike, or did the same things together. They actually do eat off the same plate. Two forks, and one plate. Monte is fair, but Laurie, I noticed, speared all the hunks of tomato out of the salad before Monte got his share. Perhaps Monte doesn't like tomatoes; or perhaps he doesn't know whether he likes them or not because he never gets any."
Charles Willeford on Monte Hellman and Laurie Bird in Cockfighter Journal