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Wifey Poo’s Laughter 🤣
Expensive Turkey 🦃🍗
My Boys 👨👦
Walking back to my car last night from The Funny Bone comedy club in St. Charles, I got to thinking. This comes as a surprise to no one who knows me (not many people, as I’ve recently discussed) and no one who reads my stuff on this little website (again, not many people, but I treasure them all).
I’d left Wifey Poo by the corner. She’s three weeks out from foot surgery and limited in the distances she can (should) walk. So it was just me and my thoughts and the cold night air swirling around The Streets of St. Charles. She and I had just had a great time laughing at three really good comedians. She’d had a glass of wine. I’d had a couple whiskeys, the comedians had told great stories, and oh, how she laughed.
There’s something about Wifey Poo’s laugh when we go to comedy clubs. It’s different from her normal laugh. Wifey Poo is a generally joyous person, much different from her curmudgeon of a husband. But at comedy clubs? At comedy clubs her laugh is 100% free and open. It’s like she gives herself over to the moment and just soaks it all in — and that laughter is what pours out.
When I bought the tickets for the show over the weekend and emailed the still-sleeping her to ask her if she’d go on a date with me Friday night, I was thinking about that laugh. I haven’t experienced it in awhile.
The last time we were in a comedy club was a free Wednesday night show in the Before Times when there were exactly five audience members. I felt horrible for the comedians and horribly awkward for us. Not every joke is funny, but when there’s only five of you, well, I felt an obligation to give every one a little extra in response.
Then the Great Plague set in, which shuttered comedy clubs. And her dad got sick. And we got Covid. And her dad died. And I got Longhaul Covid. And we welcomed a host child from Africa for six challenging and surgery-filled months. And we moved. And I switched jobs (again). And she had foot surgery. And a whole host of other crap in between. It seemed like just when we could have used a few big laughs, there weren’t many to be found.
I realized by the time I reached my car that I would give anything in the world to hear Wifey Poo laugh like that. Her laugh is infectious. It spreads the joy she has in such abundance. Her laugh makes me laugh — on the inside. Not at anyone else’s jokes. At how amazing she is and how she somehow still wants to be with me.
We need to go to more comedy clubs.
📚 Let’s Learn Something Together 📓🖊️
Everything costs more. That’s not news. We’re all experiencing it. The good news for single people is that this likely will be the topic of conversation at the Thanksgiving table instead of your love life. The bad news is that the stuff on that table will be taking away from what could have been spent on your wedding if you ever get serious about your life and find yourself a good man like your sister has.
According to a Farm Bureau study, the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is up 14% this year to $53.31 for a group of 10 people. Still, coming in at less than $6 a person, it’s not a bad deal.
The worst culprit? The damn bird. Tom Turkey, weighing in at 16 pounds, costs $23.99 this year, up 24% from 2020. Jesus, Tom… feeling pretty good about yourself, aren’t you?
We returned home from our date to find Boy The Elder back for Thanksgiving break. He’s a sophomore at Mizzou, majoring in food science. He naturally falls into these explanations about chemistry stuff and seems to forget his dad has taken a grand total of one chemistry class in his life and passed it only because his lab partner, Amanda Bortz, knew what they hell she was doing.
BTE has changed so much in the past few years. He’s gone from a boy to a young man. He’s now as tall as I am, has a girlfriend of over two years, and pretty much takes care of everything he needs to take care of by himself without any prompting or reminders from Mom or Dad.
One of my biggest fears is that, because of all the stuff I’ve gone through and put myself and my loved ones through over the past few freaking decades, I’ve messed up my kids. I know what it’s like to be raised in a household with volatile people, and, sadly, I have been a volatile force in my family’s lives. I’m not proud of that, but I own it. I did it. Me.
So when I looked around last night and saw how great BTE is doing and how on-track Boy The Younger seems to be, it gives me a measure of peace — and even greater appreciation for the stability Wifey Poo has brought not just to my life, but to theirs as well.
Listen, I think I’ve done a lot of good for my kids. I really do. I bring positive things to the table that are far different from Wifey Poo’s strengths. Together, we’re pretty much the perfect freaking parents (high-five, babe!). My hope is that those things are the things that take root in my boys, that when they’re my age, they have positive things on which to reflect and not just the times that dad inserted chaos into their lives.
The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
High Five ✋
Today’s official endorsement goes to the Confessions of a Travel Addict blog, by Morgan Fraser. I met Morgan at a retreat for empaths at The Esalen Institute in, what was it? Twenty-eighteen? I think so. The Before Times. We ended up sitting next to each other during the first session or two and, once again surprising to no one who know me, had some pretty deep conversations about life. Her blog reflects her inner struggles and growth, and her writing is engaging and conversational. Check it out.
In Other Writing …
Many know the one that ended in a famous statue, but there’s more Bobbi Jo Wright is famous in certain circles for being the girl in the statute, the one who was lifted up and held by the Shriner. But sometimes, there’s another memory that jumps past the event that led to the sculpture that…Keep reading
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Wifey Poo ‘s laughter.
- The Core Four is back together again for a while!
- I’m having a head shave and beard trim at Walt’s Barbershop tomorrow!
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Believing in Myself So here’s the thing: I have amazing intuition. Believe what you want about humans having only five senses. We don’t. We have more. And for me, one of my strongest senses is my gut feelings about what to do and not to do. I’ve had this ability since I was a small…Keep reading
Road Show Coming to you live from somewhere in the Ozarks, where I’m hoping not to hear banjos and have some inbred redneck hillbilly make me squeal for him. Wifey-Poo and I are in the middle of a weekend getaway. It has been a long while since we’ve had an extended period of time to…Keep reading
And the Thunder Rolls My desk at my new office faces out to a busy street – Manchester Avenue – and has a floor-to-ceiling window. I’m absolutely loving it. At my previous job, my desk was tucked away in a corner behind a cube. I called it “My Hovel.” It was a good place to…Keep reading
Namaste, yo I found myself tonight in a state somewhere between awake and asleep, lying on a yoga mat with 40 pounds of sandbags on my shoulders and chest in a dimly lit studio as soft music tinged by rain sounds caressed my ears. I love this state, and I’ve only found it through meditation…Keep reading
Sell This House Our house hit the market today, which is to say the Great Gods of Google allowed for it to be found by Realtors and anyone else who happens to have a larger-than-average nosy bone. Our Realtor said we could share it with our friends and family. I was trying to think of…Keep reading
Stages of Life Over the years, I’ve found tremendous comfort in the stability of my in-law family, especially with my sisters-in-law and, as time has progressed, their husbands. My own family is pocked by constant drama. It took me a long time to recognize exactly how not-typical my own family is and to realize that…Keep reading
Wakey Wakey My day started off with a bag-full of my blood being drained, filled with ozone and then dripped back into my while I listened to a cancer patient banter about QAnon insanity as if it were gospel with the nurse in charge of my treatment. How was your morning? So Long, Sonny Boy…Keep reading
Interesting Things You Say to Your Spouse “Please don’t get killed by anyone using a sharp object. I don’t want to go to prison for the rest of my life.” This sentence that I said to Wifey-Poo this morning makes sense if you have a spouse who loves murder podcasts and TV shows. My hands…Keep reading
Welcome to the World of Real Estate Starting a new job today was a welcome relief from the drudgery of moving. After getting my ass kicked yesterday in the Great Fridge Swap, I welcomed the opportunity to use my brain instead of whatever physical power I might have left. This is the first time I’m…Keep reading
Perspective Matters I don’t know exactly when I learned it or from whom, but I’ve held “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” as a Truth-capital-T for a long, long time. Today I learned it’s a matter of perspective. Yesterday, I bragged about how I have become Mr. Fix-It. Today, the God of Home Improvement (Tim Allen?) smacked me in…Keep reading
Begone, Cabinet! There was a time not long ago when I had zero self-confidence with home repair or renovation projects. It seemed as if every time I tried something, I made the situation worse and often a lot worse. This runs counter to my DNA, as my father is constantly tinkering with things and fixing…Keep reading
Moving Is Fun … … when someone else does it. At just before 9 a.m., movers from Two Men and a Truck arrived at our Wentzville house. There were four men. Within three hours, they’d loaded up all the crap we had boxed and the furniture and other assorted LifeJunk we’ve accumulated through the years.…Keep reading
He Got the Shot I took Boy the Younger to get his first COVID vaccine today. He’s 12. I consider this the socially responsible thing to do, and, after struggling for months now with Longhaul COVID, I’m really not all that open to hearing the other side of the vaccine debate. I’ve made up my…Keep reading