Sunday, September 27, 2020

Monday Madness


1. My uncle once... sent me a check for $160. It was 1978, I was in ongoing, miserable pain and needed a root canal and crown. I didn't have dental insurance, nor did I have the $160 to get the procedure done. To put the $160 in perspective, that was more than my entire week's take-home pay. My rent in those days was $300. I was trying very hard to be independent, but my mom called one night and I started to cry because of the unremitting agony. She didn't have the money just sitting around, either, but she knew who did. She called her brother and voila! A check showed up in the mail with note that just said, "Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas." I called and told him I couldn't accept it because I could never pay it back. He told me that's why he was happy to give it to me -- he knew I wouldn't advantage of his generosity.

Over the years, both my older and younger sisters clashed with my uncle over money. He was at that time a rich man and they thought he was selfish and cheap because he didn't share the wealth with them. I can tell you that isn't true. He just didn't want to be taken for granted.

2. Never in my life have I... smoked a cigarette.

3. When I was five my parents ... had a Lincoln Continental convertible. My dad loved it, my mom hated it. (Her hair!)

 4. High school was... as bad as the tooth ache referenced in #1.

 5. I will never forget to... feed my cat Reynaldo. He won't let me forget! 

 6. Once I met 7... That would be Pit Martin. At the time he played center for the Chicago Black Hawks. He wore #7 and I met him at an autograph event.

7. There’s this boy I know ... who was bullied in school. His classmates called him "gay" because he prefers cats to dogs and likes to hold babies. He was only 9 years old and didn't really know what "gay" meant. Anyway, his mom moved him out of that school district and he's doing better. He now lives downstairs from me.

8. Once, at a bar, I ... was asked if my drapes matched the carpet. I was en route to the ladies room, more than a little tipsy, and didn't understand why this stranger would be interested in how my apartment was decorated. While I was washing my hands and checking my makeup in the mirror, it dawned on me what he was asking. I was so angry, I went looking for him in the bar but couldn't find him.

9. By noon, I’m ... done with lunch.

10. Last night I ... fell asleep with the TV on.


  1. Your uncle story brought me to tears. What a sweet thing to do.

  2. Love the story of your uncle. #7,,The story of the little boy.. I will never understand bullies, never. I don't think I want to either.

  3. No one likes to be taken advantage of money or not. I wish people understood that better. Your uncle has/had a kind heart for sure! I wish I could say that I never smoked but I did when I was in my early teens. What a stupid head! It's a shame when kids are bullied. This is something that never changes, just the names. Oh good grief that man at the bar was totally out of line. I guess he figured he'd be high tail it before you returned after it registered what he meant by his question. Have a good day!

    Curious as a Cathy

  4. What a wonderful thing your uncle did! And shame on your siblings. Funny, we both chose car memories from when we were 5. I would have decked the bar dude. Have a great week!

  5. grrrr the bar story... I loved reading your answers

  6. Your uncle sounds like he really got you. And for #8, being a natural redhead I used to get asked that question a lot. Ugh!

  7. #7 is so sad. I'm glad he has you in his life.

    Loved the uncle story. What a remarkable person.

  8. That was nice that your uncle helped you. Good that the mom moved her son out of that school.

  9. Your uncle saved you! That is terrific.

  10. That was so nice of your Uncle!
    I haver not actually smoked a cigarette either, but in college my friends tried to teach me. I think cigarettes are vile, so I just couldn't do it. My mom was a smoker and I thought it was the grossest thing ever. So technically, I have never smoked a cigarette, but since I let them try to teach me, I didn't put that down. Loved your answers! Have a nice week.