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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Pleasure of Their Company

Kathy is recuperating beautifully and says hello to everyone. She'll be back with us soon.

Meanwhile . . .
Let's play a game. I would call it a creative exercise but game is more fun. Besides, I'll give a prize for the answer I like best. Creative exercises don't get prizes. They get grades or self-satisfaction. I say let's do game and tangible.

Here's what's going to happen. I'm going to tell you about a couple of women I saw shopping together in the grocery store. Then, I'm going to ask you a question about them. Not anything like, "What color were her polyester shorts?" but a speculative question.

Here goes:

They had that worn-out look about them that came from factory work, softball, late beer nights, and divorces. One looked like she'd had her hair cut by the only idle stylist in a walk-in salon the day before Easter. The other should have availed herself of that because she was too old to have all that hair hanging down her back. Their dark rusty tans didn't do anything to improve their looks, but they didn't know that. They were excited from the tops of their Lady Clairol heads down to their rubber flip flops. Their shopping buggy was full of charcoal, sirloin steaks, potatoes, store brand mayonnaise, and Cool Whip. Clearly, they were going to have a party.

Here's the question: Who were their guests going to be?


  1. Billy the Exterminator (they could talk hair styles with him), the entire cast of Swamp People (barbeque is what they do best, no matter the animal), all the "Housewives" casts (who doesn't need a bit of drama mixed in?) and last but not least, Lynyrd Skynyrd (they can end the night singing the long version of "Free Bird").

    Seriously, why the mayo and Cool Whip? Maybe I should have added a couple of Nascar drivers. They know a lot about where the oil should be applied...

  2. I have brand new boots so it might have been me that went to the party that night. I think my friend Leigh would have gone with me too since she also has on her boots today!

  3. Cheryl, I don't know any of those people except Lynard Skynard but I'll trust you.

    Stephanie, I don't understand at all.

    I am dense today, apparently.

  4. Okay, Billy the Exterminator is on A&E on Tuesday nights. He is an exterminator/wild animal remover who lives in Shreveport. His hair is simply atrocious - different colors, spiked and, yes, a mullet. Swamp People are seven Cajuns who hunt alligators in Louisiana and they are on History Channel on Thursday night (I love Troy). Housewives of New York, New Jersey, Orange County and Beverly Hills are on Bravo on different nights (talk about rich b#*&hes). I love to watch them because of the drama, which is ridiculous, and their dresses. I don't know much about Nascar except I don't pay attention to it but the locals around here love it.

  5. As you have title your piece of descriptive writing, "The Pleasure of Their Company", I wonder, don't you wish to be in attendance at their party? I imagine them laughing with self confidence, lounging casually as the wonderful aroma of the grill mingles with the summer scents, and happily spending time as their children play together while they enjoy the last days of the season with those they love. Maybe life has been harder to them than to others but it seems they were seeking the good things~ friends, family, food, and fun.
    Just a thought and an opinion. There are usually many facets to a face. Hopefully, I've offered a possible alternative to the scene.
    With love....

  6. *titled (excuse the typo...its late!)

  7. Jean, I meant that I would have been a guest at their party wearing my new boots.

    Cheryl, I love Troy too!

    Leigh, that grilled food sounds really good!