Friday, November 25, 2011

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Turn Back the Hands of Time

1. There's a Time Genie. She can put you back in time to relive a day that you loved. If you could turn back the hands of time, what day would you relive if given this opportunity?
This is the first one that comes to mind: Summer 2005 -- My best friend and I were within the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field the night my beloved future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux got his 3000th strike out. I love the Cubs, I love my best friend, I love Greg Maddux.

2. What did you do yesterday?
Ate too much and lolled around too much.

3. You've been given 3 parachutes, but there are 4 people who need them. Who will you not give one to: Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Kim Kardashian, or Simon Cowell? Why?
Mel. Because he's a violent, racist pig.

4. Where are you going and where have you been?
Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'. I've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

5. They say that books read as a child make more of an impact on a person than books read at any other time in life. Are there any books that you particularly loved, that shaped the way you think when you were little?
Charlotte's Web. She's still my hero. I try to live up Wilbur's eulogy of her: a true friend and a good writer.

6. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
My best friend is coming in, and I'm ringing in the New Year in Key West.

7. What was the last text message you received?
My best friend sent me a photo of the biggest fish he caught this week. It weight 9 lbs. (or so he said).

8. Do you prefer to call or text?
Eh. They're equal to me. I prefer email.

9. What were you doing at 9PM last night? I was in a Thanksgiving food coma.

It was fine

Thanksgiving, I mean. Minimal stress, no arguing. Wonderful sweet potato pie. In all, nothing memorable -- which, in the case of my family, is a very good thing.

Fishing? Really?

When my best friend told me he was going to New Orleans so spend Thanksgiving week with his in-laws, I assumed he was going to enjoy the white run hurricanes and the award-winning Creole cuisine he loves so much. For my best friend is a haute kinda guy.

So imagine my surprise when I got a chatty little email last night, wishing me a belated happy birthday and telling me he would have called but there was no cell phone coverage at their out of the way fishing lodge. He caught almost a dozen fish, too.

I almost rubbed my eyes in disbelief. I don't see him roughing it.

Back with family, he handled cooking the Thanksgiving meal. Now THAT sounds like him.

Makes me so happy to hear he's happy.