I’m a-pickin’ and I’m a-grinnin’

I wish I could express how much I love myself for thinking up that title. Although if you read my high school diary you may agree that my love for myself extends beyond just this morning and the title-thinking-up-ness. Have I told you about my lenient rules? And straight teeth?

Anyway.

I got a letter from my TinyTown friend, Lucy. You may recall that last month, Marvin and I journeyed to TinyTown to help celebrate the 80th birthday of our friend, the good Dr. Whit. Lucy was kind enough to send us a photo of said celebration.

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Okay, so this is a scan of a printout of an email. I understand I am no Francisco Scavullo, and yes, I do realize this is the 40th time I've used Francisco Scavullo as an example of a good photographer, and that I need to expand my repertoire. Shut up.

So, Lucy said Dr. Whit's 80 candles, up there, look like some sort of terrorist's bomb about to go off. And have I mentioned that our fine government often looks at this blog? I have no idea if they think I am a threat to national security or someone there is just goofing off at work. Anyway, I just said, "terrorist bomb," so we can be assured they will visit today. Hi, government! Go on over to Cafe Press and get you a Bye Bye, Pie mug! All good Americans are doing it!

But back to Whit. We should all be so lucky to have 80 candles on our birthday cakes one day, and I was thinking this and generally getting a kick out of Lucy's letter and this cute photo. Then I noticed I was in the background.

Me

Oh, look, I thought, there's me, grinning manically. I guess I was excited to eat cake. Then I saw who was standing next to me, and of course it was Marvin, but…

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Oh, for pity's sake. What is Marvin doing? In her letter, Lucy asked if Marvin was perhaps gagging himself. 

Oh, Marvin. Aren't the two of us supposed to be the sophisticated big-city slickers? I can't take you anywhere.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

47 thoughts on “I’m a-pickin’ and I’m a-grinnin’”

  1. Did he have puctuation over his head too? Now THAT would have looked weird…

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  2. June I have a vision of all of Homeland Security sitting around, enjoying a hot beverage out of their Bye Bye Pie mugs. And on dress casual Fridays, they are all in their T-shirts.
    Did you and Marvin enjoy a luncheon at Dr. Whit’s party? Perhaps Marvin is trying to discreetly get a piece of meat out of his teeth. Or whistling for Dr. Whit or one of the many fine looking ladies that were hanging around.

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  3. I think some of my punctuation did not show up either I know I put a comma after June. Wait. There appears to be others missing too DANG IT

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  4. I was going to suggest Annie Liebowitz, but then I thought if you could put Marvin’s head in a sunflower or a peapod, maybe Anne Geddes.
    I think Marvin was about to make that popping sound in celebration of Dr. Whit’s birthday cake. You know, all “woot woot woot, pop.”

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  5. I was going to suggest Annie Liebowitz, but then I thought if you could put Marvin’s head in a sunflower or a peapod, maybe Anne Geddes.
    I think Marvin was about to make that popping sound in celebration of Dr. Whit’s birthday cake. You know, all “woot woot woot, pop.”

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  6. I was going to suggest Annie Liebowitz, but then I thought if you could put Marvin’s head in a sunflower or a peapod, maybe Anne Geddes.
    I think Marvin was about to make that popping sound in celebration of Dr. Whit’s birthday cake. You know, all “woot woot woot, pop.”

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  7. Lee...who is so thankful for diversions such as Bye Bye Pie and Homeland Security. Wonder if the number of times we say Homelansd Security will raise more suspicion? says:

    Is Dr. Whit a dentist? Perhaps Marvin was checking a tooth that has been bothering him and hoping after Dr. Whit was finished, he would just have him take a look see.
    Jan ~ The Homeland Security thing made me spit and Max told me I was rude.

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  8. Lee...who is so thankful for diversions such as Bye Bye Pie and Homeland Security. Wonder if the number of times we say Homelansd Security will raise more suspicion? says:

    Is Dr. Whit a dentist? Perhaps Marvin was checking a tooth that has been bothering him and hoping after Dr. Whit was finished, he would just have him take a look see.
    Jan ~ The Homeland Security thing made me spit and Max told me I was rude.

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  9. Lee...who is so thankful for diversions such as Bye Bye Pie and Homeland Security. Wonder if the number of times we say Homelansd Security will raise more suspicion? says:

    Is Dr. Whit a dentist? Perhaps Marvin was checking a tooth that has been bothering him and hoping after Dr. Whit was finished, he would just have him take a look see.
    Jan ~ The Homeland Security thing made me spit and Max told me I was rude.

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  10. I’m with Paula H&B, I think Marvin is making that popping noise that is usually preceded by three little girls singing “Lollipop!” and followed by a “Ba-doom-doom-doom.”

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  11. Seeing that picture of Dr. Whit’s cake reminded me of one of your competitors in the Funniest Blog contest – remember “Cake Wrecks”? Did they spell everything right on his cake? Did all the candles set off the smoke detectors?
    I love the visual of Marvin’s sweet little face inside a sunflower. Maybe you or one of your computer savvy friends could photoshop that for our entertainment.

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  12. June, what is the guy standing behind you saying? “hey look at Marvin, he can swallow his fist”, as you stand there proudly.

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  13. Wegman freaks me out. Those dogs always look like they’re being tortured, or they’re either going to attack in 2 seconds. Or both. RELENT!
    Is Marvin sucking his thumb?

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  14. I thought he was maybe a late-in-life thumbsucker. No?
    People are goofing off at work, June. A lot. Is it any coincidence that last year people from ISP’s using bank names were visiting my site all the time? No wonder our economy tanked – these people were reading our blogs rather than watching our money.
    I get the Pentagon, too. I hope that’s not the person watching the nuclear missiles…

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  15. i’m so glad to read about marvin. i was just thinking to myself yesterday, “i wonder if june really did off marv. cuz he hasn’t said anything about him lately.” lol. good thing to know he survived the coffee debacle.

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  16. Maybe someone just laid some meat near Marvin and he is gagging?

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  17. Um…am I the only one with the mind in the gutter? Could Marvin be making the universal sign for, you know, sucking NOT a lollipop? Is he mad at someone in the room? Is the large terrorist candles pissing him off? Is he telling someone *speaking in a whisper* to suck it?
    ‘m just saying.
    I have a community of barefooters who stalk my blog. They really hate me with a passion since I mentioned the fact that I draw the line at going barefoot in public restrooms and restaurants. They are SERIOUS about their bare feet. I think I’d trade the government for them.
    Can’t wait for my big ole’ mug and tshirt. Hopefully our Florida Arctic will have de-thawed enough by then to wear it.

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  18. I love your Tiny Town pics. Very sweet.
    I haven’t ordered my BBP goods yet – cannot decide what I want since I want one of everything!
    Did you ask marvelous Marvy what on earth he was doing in that picture? Looks like he’s trying to gag himself, which really isn’t polite at all!

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  19. Celery in the teeth for SURE.
    I’m asking for a mug for my ding-dang birthday!

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  20. I like the new country bent of your blog titles. Yesterday Johnny Cash…today Hee-Haw! It does look as if Marvin is doing that “gag me” motion behind poor Whit’s back.

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  21. Title reference is from the old Hee Haw show, isn’t it? Buck Owens and ?? Big grinnin’ guy. Damn good players, both!

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  22. As a man of vast experience and imagination. I’m a thinking that good old Marvin is biting his hand in anticipation of some good old Junie-time. He is eye-balling (keep it clean) that little sweater set, virginal white of course, my mother called it winter white, and thinking will Fran and Winston nest in this outfit later tonight when we get back to Gardenland for some Gardenfun. Just a thought.

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  23. You and the other guy on the far right are REALLY excited about the prospects of cake!
    The good news is your hair looks great in that picture.
    I’m thinking Marvin got busted picking.

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  24. Roy Clark!!! I met him once about 25 years ago-he came to our hillbilly town to perform for my husband’s company Christmas party! My daddy was SO in love with Roy Clark. I waited outside in the COLD-think WI and New Years Eve!!!-to have him sign something and have my picture taken with him! Very nice gentlemen. My daddy had that picture hanging on his wall for years.

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  25. Roy Clark!!! I met him once about 25 years ago-he came to our hillbilly town to perform for my husband’s company Christmas party! My daddy was SO in love with Roy Clark. I waited outside in the COLD-think WI and New Years Eve!!!-to have him sign something and have my picture taken with him! Very nice gentlemen. My daddy had that picture hanging on his wall for years.

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  26. Roy Clark!!! I met him once about 25 years ago-he came to our hillbilly town to perform for my husband’s company Christmas party! My daddy was SO in love with Roy Clark. I waited outside in the COLD-think WI and New Years Eve!!!-to have him sign something and have my picture taken with him! Very nice gentlemen. My daddy had that picture hanging on his wall for years.

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