Lisa: So Barry, Cathy Martin was telling me your family has some wild fights and loud screaming matches. Is it true?
Me: Wow, that’s a long story, but my brother just got out of the hospital a couple of years ago. SO that was five years with Adam fighting for his life. Mom was in the hospital 24/7 and came home only one or two days a month. She came home mostly to sleep, but it meant the boys were on our own, and with the stress and all, she snapped. Before snapping she could bite your head off over nothing. She was always tough, but the arguments got worse, and louder, and longer because there was never a clear way to go to save him, so on good nights we’d just sit around crying, on bad ones, the blame game filtered into every aspect, every subject, every bit of our house.
With that, I had put a damper on the romance and possible sex talk. Fireflies were blinking outside, and mosquitoes were easily heard buzzing around inside the tent. Mosquitoes are so much easier to extinguish when there is a hard wall or ceiling to smash them on. It was about 65 degrees, so eventually the topic of sleeping arrangements came up.
Sue: I’m getting sleepy.
“I have an idea,” Thomas said. “There are three boys and three tents, if we put one boy in each tent, that wouldn’t be a problem would it? Just to talk.”
“Wait, I’ll ask, “ Lisa said, walking back toward the tents.
“Nice thinking,” Jerry said, jabbing an elbow into his ribs.
“I’ve got Lisa’s tent no matter who else is in there,” I said.
“How do you figure that?” Thomas asked.
“My parent’s party, my boat, my lake knowledge, my pick,” as the snob in me woke up for a late night stroll.
“Oh what an ass, “ Thomas said. “Let’s shot rock, scissors, paper.”
“You and Jerry are free to play for the last two tent, but Lisa’s is mine,” I reiterated. “Since you have no idea who she invited, what’s there to fight over?
Lisa’s flashlight came back in graceful motions its owner displayed, seemingly at all times.
“OK we’re agreed you can stay, but no monkey business with my friends,” she said. I grabbed at her hand, she pulled it away, but I followed closely to her tent where Susan and Melissa were giddy with anticipation, or so it seemed to me. She re-zipped the tent, hung a flashlight by a cleverly constructed intertwine of bungie cords.
Hello to the dozens or so who may have missed adding my blog to their regular reading role the last few days.
For one, I was busy making book covers. here they are!
The reason this one got named is that a very attractive woman from Savannah GA, or close to it, had just caught a 300 pound tuna when she wandered into a salad shop (SALADELIA, Durham, NC) and simply “had” to buy this painting. That was about a decade ago.
It originally hung with the left side as the top, but a keep eye spotted more narrative in this format, and so a painting was born, via re-hanging in another direction.
Isn’t that a great story? it’s another example of how extreme synchronicity works its magic in our lives. but it only works to your advantage if you are open to change, and spontaneous.
Now, how’s that for a story?
Note the chops on Stewart Copeland’s drumming. Short blasts of fills that amaze and dazzle.
Thistles. The natural wonder of Scotland.
Here’s a quick story. I was in love with a woman for at least 11 years who was born on the Scorpio/Libra cusp known as October 22. She is #2 in this sequence.Before her I was in love with another amazing woman for four years, but made the error of going out to caddy on the LPGA Tour. Well maybe it worked out for everyone on that one. In between and continuing as a friendship beyond until now, I met a Russian woman on the International Peace Walk in 1987 in Russia and again in 1989 here in the USA in Philadelphia.
In 1991 the Russian lady visited us in Gainesville, Florida. I was with Woman #2 then.
The three of us went to the Oaks Mall, and voila lady #1 was shopping there by luck.
All four of us sat (I bet I was the most uncomfortable) for an hour or so chatting, and what makes this story interesting to anyone else is this:
All three were born on October 22.
It’s a super significant day for me. Anyone else out there have such an amazing coincidental day in their lives?