Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Twinsies Again

          Something weird is going on.  I mentioned before that every time Bob gets injured I follow right behind him with a nearly-matching ailment. Remember when he had cancer surgery and I instantly had kidney stones?  We even had matching hospital bracelets!

          Then he tripped over a curb, slammed his arm into a post, and garndered a bruise the size and color of an eggplant:
          and I promptly tripped over a vine in the garden, did a face plant in some gravel, and came stumbling into the house for ice, looking like a blueberry muffin.
          Well, just trust me.  That’s how I looked.  Bob has accused me of trying to upstage him and even said, “It’s MY hurt time.”
          But I can’t seem to stop.  And believe me, I wouldn’t put myself through all this just out of sympathy.  The other night we were out on our patio enjoying the results of our hard gardening work:
          when Bob showed me a bug bite on his ankle that had swollen to the size of a grapefruit.  We figure it must be a spider bite.
          “You won’t believe this,” I said, and put my left ankle next to his.  “I have a bite on the same ankle!”
          I told him not to accuse me of training a spider to select the exact same spot.  No animal trainer in the world is that good.  Still, it seems I keep trying to copy him.
          What’s going to happen if he suddenly gets bitten by a Brown Recluse? Or a Black Mamba snake? One of us has to call 911, but we’ll both be in comas together. 
          I now have a new mission—to keep that guy alive and also help him win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I mean, if I copy everything he does...
Meanwhile, you can buy my books and help us through these crazy predicaments while we try to figure it all out!          

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

15 Ways You Know You've Been Married a Long Time

          June is the most popular month for weddings, and though this isn’t my anniversary month, maybe it’s yours.  So I’ve compiled a list of 15 ways you can know you’ve been married a long time:
1.       You both forget your anniversary.
2.      You finish each other’s sentences.
3.       You no longer try to correct his stories (you can’t remember them, either).
4.      You can order for him in a restaurant, while he parks the car.
5.       You accept the way he drives, and bring some reading along.
6.      You each buy your own gifts for the other to give you.
7.       You’ve both learned the choreography of how to maneuver in the kitchen together, dodging the opening of the dishwasher and refrigerator.
8.      Instead of asking his opinion, you tell him what it is.
9.      Staying up late means 9 p.m. and really late is 9:30.
10.     Party Animal means cute photos of your pets.
11.     The only way to remove your wedding ring is to cut it off.
12.     Old photos of the two of you look like complete strangers.
13.     Your wedding gifts are now in the antique shop.
14.     You touch up his hair once a month.
15.     One look lets you know he loves you.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Link to Butch Cassidy

          I started this blog on the advice of a social media friend of mine, who said my readers would enjoy a peek into my life.  It quickly became a humor blog because that’s seems to be how my life is. And now you know why I mostly write comedy.
But once in awhile, like the time I confessed to loving horse racing, I will admit a thing or two in this blog. And here is another of my secrets: I once slept in Butch Cassidy’s cave.  This is the famous bank robber, far right, in a photo with his buddies:
Approximately 300 years ago, when I was fourteen, my Dad led a group of educators on a survival trip through the Moab area of Utah. I tagged along, all skinny arms and legs then, drinking out of puddles and bouncing over boulders in Jeeps.  To call it a rough, treacherous ride would lend it more luxury than it deserves and there were moments when I wondered if the jerking and yanking would knock all our teeth out.
For miles we drove through dry river beds and over sandstone boulders the size of houses, to get as far from civilization as possible.  And then we had a freak thunderstorm.  Suddenly the river beds were gushing with a flash flood of whitewater rapids, and we were trapped.  Ask anyone who lives there and they’ll tell you this can happen within seconds.
We noticed our forest ranger guides were on their walkie-talkies, and I fully expected them to summon helicopters.  They did not.  Instead, they led us to a cave with old, rusty pots in it and logs fashioned into chairs. They were adamant that we not touch anything, as this was one of Butch Cassidy’s hideouts!  Yes, I got goosebumps.  They were confident that none of us would ever be able to find it again, and they were right.  Evidently only certain officials even knew about it.  We rolled out our sleeping bags and slept like bank robbers.  Or train robbers.  I assume they sleep sound as rocks.
And in the morning, the rain had rinsed the desert, leaving brilliant red sandstone canyons for us to enjoy on the bumpy ride home again.  I don’t know if we were in Robber’s Roost or another spot, but I’ll never forget my adventure.
And just now St. Bob has traveled to Moab to Rally on the Rocks, an offroad vehicle gathering where he experienced similar terrain and scenery.

This gives you an idea of the steep surfaces people climb, the rock formations they see, the sudden changes in weather (snow flurries and 35 degrees for him one day),
and why robbers were easily able to hide among the canyons here.
But he didn’t sleep in any caves, much less a famous one.  He had great accommodations and fabulous food. If only Butch Cassidy could see it now.    

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Salami Occasion

          Our church does a really cool thing.  It runs a four-year program of daily religious study for high school kids, starting at 6:20 a.m. before their regular class schedule.  And they attend.  In droves.   
          You can imagine the discipline and commitment it takes. So it’s quite a big deal to get a four-year pin and a diploma. And right now, in early June, is when they have Seminary Graduation.
          However, the one thing Seminary cannot do is remove the monkey gene, if your kid has one.  And naturally, my mind goes back to the graduation ceremony of our son, Cassidy, when he achieved this honor ten years ago.  
          First, picture it.  We are all sitting in the chapel pews, dressed up for the occasion, excited to see him walk up when his name is called.  One by one other kids go up, receive their diplomas and pins, shake hands with a member of the Stake Presidency, and march confidently back to their seats.
          And then the speaker opens the next leather-bound diploma, and WITH A STRAIGHT FACE says into the mike, “Cassidy Thadwell Hilton the third, Junior.”
          Are you kidding me?  This solemn occasion, the culmination of four years of hard work, and our kid submits a fake name?  And they print it up and let him get away with it?
          Now, mind you, the speaker knows us.  He knows that if Cassidy is a junior, his father must have the same name, right?  But it’s Bob.  And nobody in the history of mankind, I believe, has ever been named “the third, junior.”  Thadwell is also a contrivance.
          There’s some snickering and I can feel my face reddening as people turn to stare at us. Yet our monkey boy is on his feet, proudly marching up to receive this bogus document.
          And he's apparently still up to his antics.  For one thing, I keep getting junk mail for “Gustav” Hilton and “Spanky” Hilton.  Hey, for all I know he faked his own birth certificate.  I wouldn’t put it past him.
Have you seen my YouTube Mom videos?  This is what happens after you raise four comedians.