Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who

I asked Marvin what I should blog about and he said REO Speedwagon, and how they had one lead singer, and then another one, and how the one singer was a real tool. And also there was a falling out with the guitar player.

See. This is why no one ever read any of Marvin's 14 blogs and why when he told me I should start a blog I said, "Why would I want to do that? No one ever comments or pays any attention to blogs."

REO Speedwagon. I am ridin' the storm out. Is what I'm doing.

In other less mind-numbingly dull news, we have a commenter of the weeker. It is Furry Godmother with her always-amusing words about her pets. Click on This Week's Special if you are flapping your hands because you cannot wait another moment.

I am supposed to be at furniture market today with my next-door neighbor Peg, but on top of the five books I am already proofreading at the moment, I was given a deposition and a statistics textbook this week, so I had to cancel. She is, however, taking my friend the Other June.

Furniture market is this really big deal in North Carolina. Apparently a lot of furniture gets made here, or maybe it used to, kind of like how a lot of cars used to get made in Michigan. I don't know. Anyway, this time of year, all the furniture manufacturers come here and show off their wares, and you can only get into this giant show if you are connected somehow, and my neighbor Peg is an interior designer.

Furniture market is kind of the Academy Awards of North Carolina.

Anyway it sounds fun. And you know I am jonesing for a couch. Maybe Peg and the Other June will pick one up for me, you think?

MmmmmmmPeg invited us over the other night to christen her new front-porch furniture by eating some homemade strawberry shortcake. She said her old wicker furniture had deteriorated so much these past few years, and I know Winston goes over there and naps on said furniture, and am hoping against hope he has not been sharpening his claws on it. Anyway we shamelessly partook of the cake and new furniture anyway.

Badmarvin

This is the worst photo of Marvin, ever, but he never reads my blog anymore so he won't know I put it in. heeeeeeee….

We are going to Marty Martin's house tomorrow to eat fajitas and watch a really bad movie, and that I am not canceling, because who can cancel fajitas, plus also he has the coolest dog ever who I cannot wait to see again. His dog goes to the same dog day care as mine, and one day we left work at the same time (Marty Martin and me, not his dog and me) and got to dog day care together, and they released our hounds simultaneously.

Tallulah RAN out of the dog day care room, TORE through the lobby, ran over and over and over and over again in a circle, until she finally relented and I was able to corral her wriggling self onto her leash.

Marty Martin's dog galumphed into the room, walked over and sat. Right in front of Marty Martin. I don't even think MM had to put a leash on him.

In other words, our dogs are just like us.

We have to talk book club books, by the way. A couple people have suggested titles. I am reading a book for my real-life book club called The Storm, by Margriet de Moor, which sounds interesting. There is a review in the New York Times–oh, why don't I link to it. There we go.

Faithful Reader Gladys also suggested A Prayer for Own Meany, which I have never read, and Faithful Reader Liz said how about A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.

What say all of you? I have not read that book, either. Let's decide this weekend and we'll say next Mince Words with June will be Sunday, May 16.

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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.

83 thoughts on “Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who”

  1. Marvin is not eating strawberry short cake, he is eating strawberries cover the whole freaking plate cake!
    No other song in REO Speedwagon’s repertoire even compared to the live version of Ridin’ the Storm Out.
    Before I became involved in the training of my beloved Tahoe, The Man would take him to dog day care. The first thing he did when he got in the door was to run to the corner and pee on the wall. Lovely, yes?

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  2. Marvin appears utterly insouciant about the cake of strawberries.
    Talu probably pees over separation anxiety. She doesn’t want to leave you. She is utterly insouciant about separating from Marv. Duffy’s dogling, however, was sticking his flag in the day care and claiming it in the name of Tahoe. Ugh, boys…
    Thanks for the comment love June. Go buy yourself that couch. Market is a big deal and you can get it wholesale…

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  3. How weird is it that I am right this very minute reading A Reliable Wife? I’d never even heard of it until this week, when I picked it up at the book store for a trip we are taking next week. Only now I am going to finish it before our trip, because I couldn’t wait to start reading it.
    I also hadn’t heard of your blog until this week, and I’ve spent the better part of the week (when I should have been doing my work as a freelance court reporter, no less) catching up on both of your blogs. (Yes, I really do need to get a life.) Anyway, about the book. It’s good. As I mentioned, I am new here, so I don’t really know the criteria for choosing a book for the club, but I’m pretty riveted by it.
    Naturally, since I’m a court reporter, I’m pretty interested in the fact that you proofread depositions. Is this still for the firm in California? Do they e-mail them to you in pdf format? Do you print them and read the hard copy or do they provide you with their software so you can just proof them on the computer? As you may or may not know, that software is pretty ding and also dang expensive. (See how quickly I catch on?) So I’m guessing you don’t have the software and you get them in pdf.
    What a weird way to end this comment.

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  4. You have much more self discipline than me, I would have been at that furniture market in a heartbeat. In fact I am supposed to be seriously cleaning my house this morning because my sister, who makes Martha Stewart look like a slacker, is coming for a visit in 4 days. But instead of cleaning I am knitting and reading your blog. So keep me company in my unself disciplineness and go to the furniture market!

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  5. Hello, Barb. I proofread for both the firm in California and for regular old court reporters, and I usually just get Word documents, and sometimes Adobe documents, and if they need me to listen to the audio I get this fancy thing sent to me where I download the audio. And I definitely print it, which is what I am doing as I write this to you. You cannot proof on the screen, is what I think. And now everyone can read this entire diatribe, which no one will find interesting except the two of us.

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  6. I just finished A Reliable Wife, and really liked it. As always, it would be interesting to hear everyone’s take on it.
    Think I’m going to have make some strawberry shortcake today!

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  7. Am I missing something? Newbie Barb mentioned reading “both of your blogs.” Do you have another blog that I don’t know about? Or is she referring to the original Bye Bye, Buy. I’ll be really bummed if there’s another active blog with which I could be wasting my time and didn’t even know about said blog.
    By the way, I like REO Speedwagon but not nearly as much as Journey. I’m a sucker for Journey songs.

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  8. That strawberry shortcake looks like it is topped with that whipped cream in a can. If we were ever rich enough to afford it when I was a kid (mostly we used that stuff that came in a box that you whipped up with a blender), I would sneak to the refrigerator and squirt it directly into my mouth. Yummmm.
    Look at the difference in portion sizes between yours and Marvin’s. Could he actually eat that much?

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  9. I read Owen Meany several years ago, it is good.How about The Sunday Wife? I think your readers will love it.

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  10. Oh that REO grates on my last nerve. That whole “r” thing that they do which breaks every singing rule. I’ll have to scrub that out with some good Journey or Eddie Money (Hi Hulk!).
    I am so freakin jealous that spring is on the rampage in the South. Denver right now is sucking on the brown blahness.
    Do you only read fiction? I’m reading Women Food and God and would love to hear what others think. Although, it is written to women. That would leave out 3 of your followers?

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  11. Oh that REO grates on my last nerve. That whole “r” thing that they do which breaks every singing rule. I’ll have to scrub that out with some good Journey or Eddie Money (Hi Hulk!).
    I am so freakin jealous that spring is on the rampage in the South. Denver right now is sucking on the brown blahness.
    Do you only read fiction? I’m reading Women Food and God and would love to hear what others think. Although, it is written to women. That would leave out 3 of your followers?

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  12. Oh that REO grates on my last nerve. That whole “r” thing that they do which breaks every singing rule. I’ll have to scrub that out with some good Journey or Eddie Money (Hi Hulk!).
    I am so freakin jealous that spring is on the rampage in the South. Denver right now is sucking on the brown blahness.
    Do you only read fiction? I’m reading Women Food and God and would love to hear what others think. Although, it is written to women. That would leave out 3 of your followers?

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  13. Marivin’s plate is really small, that’s why it looks like the serving could feed all of a Third World country. Also, whipped cream is lots of air and not filling.
    Is “nothingness KY” a personal lubricant?

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  14. Ok, I have to admit that I like Kevin Cronin’s political values. I wrote to him once (nearly 20 years ago) and he’s been sending me eMails ever since. My favorite album of REO? No, not High Infidelity, it was You can tune a piano but you can’t tune a fish.
    Ok, about THE spear from yesterday…why wouldn’t someone have a spear? How else would you catch carp in the ditch? You’re not going to go down there and wrestle with them.
    REO Speedwagon tour dates? I thought you’d never ask.
    LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:
    Jun 24, 2010 – Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
    Jun 26, 2010 – Atlantic City, NJ Caesar’s Atlantic City
    Jun 29, 2010 – Vienna, VA The Filen Center
    Jul 1, 2010 – Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
    Jul 2, 2010 – St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    Jul 3, 2010 – Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida
    Jul 8, 2010 – Lampa, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    Jul 9, 2010 – Memphis, TN Memphis Botanical Gardens
    Jul 11, 2010 – Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
    Jul 13, 2010 – Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Arena
    Jul 16, 2010 – Walker, MN Moondance Jam Fairgrounds
    Jul 17, 2010 – Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino
    Jul 18, 2010 – Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
    Jul 21, 2010 – Morrison, CO Red Rock Amphitheater
    Jul 23, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center
    Jul 24, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
    Jul 27, 2010 – Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
    Jul 31, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
    Aug 1, 2010 – Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
    Aug 19, 2010 – Cincinnatio, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverband US Cellular Pavilion
    Aug 20, 2010 – Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Aug 21, 2010 – Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
    Aug 22, 2010 – Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
    Aug 27, 2010 – Gilford, Meadowbrook On Sale Now
    Aug 28, 2010 – Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center of the Arts
    Aug 29, 2010 – Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
    Sep 2, 2010 – Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    Sep 3, 2010 – Solomons, MD Calvert Marine Museum
    Sep 4, 2010 – Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
    Sep 5, 2010 – Virgina Beach, Va 5th Street Stage

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  15. I just read his newsletter they’re touring with Pat Benatar! I might even consider going to my first concert in years for that combo. I do love me some Pat Benatar.
    Now I’m trying unsuccessfully to replace “Hit me with your best shot” with “Painted desert” in my brain.

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  16. I am in for either book. Already read & loved Prayer and have wanted to read Reliable. Please excuse the abbreviated titles, I am typing one-handed No, get your mind out of the gutter, I broke my flippin’ wrist! But, I can still read and that is what is important. I would SO love to go to the furniture mkt!!

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  17. I am in for either book. Already read & loved Prayer and have wanted to read Reliable. Please excuse the abbreviated titles, I am typing one-handed No, get your mind out of the gutter, I broke my flippin’ wrist! But, I can still read and that is what is important. I would SO love to go to the furniture mkt!!

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  18. I am in for either book. Already read & loved Prayer and have wanted to read Reliable. Please excuse the abbreviated titles, I am typing one-handed No, get your mind out of the gutter, I broke my flippin’ wrist! But, I can still read and that is what is important. I would SO love to go to the furniture mkt!!

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  19. Fabulous Saturday morning read! June, I think you are just being modest and not wanting to brag about 90% of all the furniture sold in the U.S. of A. being made right there in N.C.
    My sister and I went and spent 4 days and thousands and thousands of her dollars when she got herself a great big gorgeous barn of a house. We furnished room after room and had a an absolute ball! Everything about getting your furniture direct from the showroom floor was the best shopping adventure we ever had. High Point, NC is the place to be if you want furnishings. Loved it!
    Strawberry shortcake looks wonderful. Poor Marvin, I hate it when a bad photo of me shows up somewhere.
    Looking forward to hearing all about the fun time at MM’s house!

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  20. Fabulous Saturday morning read! June, I think you are just being modest and not wanting to brag about 90% of all the furniture sold in the U.S. of A. being made right there in N.C.
    My sister and I went and spent 4 days and thousands and thousands of her dollars when she got herself a great big gorgeous barn of a house. We furnished room after room and had a an absolute ball! Everything about getting your furniture direct from the showroom floor was the best shopping adventure we ever had. High Point, NC is the place to be if you want furnishings. Loved it!
    Strawberry shortcake looks wonderful. Poor Marvin, I hate it when a bad photo of me shows up somewhere.
    Looking forward to hearing all about the fun time at MM’s house!

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  21. Fabulous Saturday morning read! June, I think you are just being modest and not wanting to brag about 90% of all the furniture sold in the U.S. of A. being made right there in N.C.
    My sister and I went and spent 4 days and thousands and thousands of her dollars when she got herself a great big gorgeous barn of a house. We furnished room after room and had a an absolute ball! Everything about getting your furniture direct from the showroom floor was the best shopping adventure we ever had. High Point, NC is the place to be if you want furnishings. Loved it!
    Strawberry shortcake looks wonderful. Poor Marvin, I hate it when a bad photo of me shows up somewhere.
    Looking forward to hearing all about the fun time at MM’s house!

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  22. Lauren, you have to tell us what the “r” thing is! I have “Take It On The Run” blasting in my earbuds right now, trying to figure out what REO do wrong with the letter “r”. This is going to bug me until I know.
    REO Speedwagon are from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and I’m from Springfield, so we practically grew up together…or so you’d think from the way Springfield radio stations played their stuff in my youth.

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  23. Excuse my horrible sentence structure. What I meant to convey is that I will be out of town in Kentucky. There are a LOT of hills and a LOT of nothing. No Starbucks where I’m going. No wireless internet. I’ll be lucky to get 3G on my iPhone. That is how much nothing there is in the hills of Kentucky. So don’t have the book club then, because I will miss it, yet again. And I read this book! I liked it. It had a lot of s-e-x in it.

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  24. Ooh ooh, I just read about a maple syrup ceremony and I was told I would have heard of such things many years ago if I had read Laura Ingalls Wilder in my youth like everyone else did. So I propose we read Little House on the Prairie for the next book group because I haven’t and I know you like it a lot. Or I could just read it anyway.

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  25. OH MY GOD, you mean I could’ve traveled to NC and bought furniture for less AND been a stone’s throw from my favorite stalkee, June? Kill me. Kill me now. I just paid RETAIL for furniture.
    Wait. I bet the delivery charges to NY would’ve negated that whole deal.

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  26. OH MY GOD, you mean I could’ve traveled to NC and bought furniture for less AND been a stone’s throw from my favorite stalkee, June? Kill me. Kill me now. I just paid RETAIL for furniture.
    Wait. I bet the delivery charges to NY would’ve negated that whole deal.

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  27. OH MY GOD, you mean I could’ve traveled to NC and bought furniture for less AND been a stone’s throw from my favorite stalkee, June? Kill me. Kill me now. I just paid RETAIL for furniture.
    Wait. I bet the delivery charges to NY would’ve negated that whole deal.

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  28. it’s been years since I read Owen Meany, but it’s a definite classic. A Reliable Wife was odd, but good.

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  29. Paula H&B, the deal we got was substantial. Waaaaaay below retail, including shipping, custom selecting your upholstery, stain on the wood (hopefully no stains on the upholstery), etc. And that was including our airfare, hotel, adult beverages, and all in the price. I think she ended up below half price. Plus, we now have a wonderful on-going relationship with the sales rep/genius who helped us get everything coordinated.
    After walking for 3 days straight through the biggest furniture showrooms in the world, we ended up getting everything from http://www.boyles.com/
    If I ever decide I have to have something brand new, I am going right back to Boyles.

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  30. Yes, Nose in a Book. There was a sugaring off dance in Little House on the Prairie. Or maybe it was Little House in the Big Woods. And Furry, I swear Unlce Bill is mulletless. And acid-free. But apparently in his mind he is not. He is gonna keep on lovin REO. And its the only thing hes gonna do.

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  31. Years ago I was at an LA Kings vs Edmonton hockey game (I LOVE me some hockey!) and after the game managed to gain entrance to the exclusive and private Forum Club where all the players and celebrities would hang out. I had just picked up my cocktail at the bar when somebody bumped me and my drink splashed over me. The bumper apologized profusely and to make up for it, he treated me to a lovely dinner AND introduced me to The Great One. I had the best time that night and it was all because Kevin Cronin bumped into me.
    I read A Reliable Wife so I could finally participate in Book Club if that’s the book you choose. That book was not quite what I was expecting. It was, um, different.

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  32. There is a dirty rumor that we are moving, but ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN.

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  33. There is a dirty rumor that we are moving, but ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN.

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  34. There is a dirty rumor that we are moving, but ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN.

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  35. WOW, LisaPie, I wish I’d known about the furniture sale. Maybe when my kids move out and I redo their rooms …

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  36. WOW, LisaPie, I wish I’d known about the furniture sale. Maybe when my kids move out and I redo their rooms …

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  37. WOW, LisaPie, I wish I’d known about the furniture sale. Maybe when my kids move out and I redo their rooms …

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  38. Oh, MAN, that strawberry shortcake looks mighty delicious!
    And, yes. I’m afraid Marvelous Marvin is looking a little light in his loafers in that picture!
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    When do we get to see more Henry pictures? (hint hint!)

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  39. Leave Marvin alone. He obviously takes care of himself (or is taken care of), he does not at all look like a big old lesbian like …let’s say Bruce Jenner.

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  40. Waiting on those S. Carolina strawberries to come to my little town…..yum!
    And yes…High Point NC is THE rockin’ place for furniture!! But where to find a braided rug …Yes this ol’ antique wants a braided rug but they are sooooooooooo expensive.

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  41. Okay. Since you asked. When you sing “er” the rule is to sing it as “ahhhhh” not “errrrrrrr”.
    Youtube Keep On Loving You (and killing all er combinations)


    You also are suppose to sing “in egg shells see day o” instead of “excelsis dei” – just a part of professionally singing words or letter combinations so that they fall pleasantly on the ear.
    Although my grammar sucks. Sorry June.

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  42. Okay. Since you asked. When you sing “er” the rule is to sing it as “ahhhhh” not “errrrrrrr”.
    Youtube Keep On Loving You (and killing all er combinations)


    You also are suppose to sing “in egg shells see day o” instead of “excelsis dei” – just a part of professionally singing words or letter combinations so that they fall pleasantly on the ear.
    Although my grammar sucks. Sorry June.

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  43. Okay. Since you asked. When you sing “er” the rule is to sing it as “ahhhhh” not “errrrrrrr”.
    Youtube Keep On Loving You (and killing all er combinations)


    You also are suppose to sing “in egg shells see day o” instead of “excelsis dei” – just a part of professionally singing words or letter combinations so that they fall pleasantly on the ear.
    Although my grammar sucks. Sorry June.

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  44. Hi June! I just started reading your blog about a month ago but I just read a book that I loved and I thought I’d see if you were up for it for your Book Club. (Notice the caps? That lends credibility.) The book is called “Brooklyn” (and I know I should underline that, but I don’t know how) and it is by Colm Toibin. (Except he’s Irish and there are accents over some letters in his name. But again, I don’t know how to do that.) I just loved the book. It’s not long and it is by no means crazy with action or suspense, but I thought it was beautifully written and I read it so fast, just because I wanted to know what ultimately happens to the characters. So, there you go. My humble suggestion.

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  45. I have suggested to Paula that she must buy buy buy the house next door to us (you know, the one where our sweet, Mother McBride died some 7 years ago and her kids don’t seem to want to sell it and we are convinced that they are persuaded that she will be having a second coming and oh-boy-oh-boy will she be pissed if they sell her house). It would be great having such a funny wife AND a funny neighbor as well. I would totally be the envy of all the middle aged dudes in my circle of friends.
    Oh, and June. Splain me this, Lucy. How can you use the expression negative seven dollars and doggie day care in the same post? Nobody but rich people take ze pooch to doggie day care.
    Someone is amiss.

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  46. June, sympathy for the lack of folding green wallet stuffers. That is always happening to us. Sounds like you are getting lots of good proofing jobs. Are you expecting any more sex manuals? Have you learned anything?
    Dang, Marv’s platter o’ goodness looks fab! We don’t have good strawberries here in Kansas yet, only straw berries.
    Paula H&B, why don’t you move next door to Furry and Terra and tell the rest of your family that they can come visit when they want? Then we will expect a running log of all your good times.
    Kelly who meets celebrities…you met Jackie Gleason (the Great One) ???? wowsers.

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  47. I had completely erased the memory of being at an REO Speedwagon concert until you just mentioned them.
    OMG, I think I saw Journey too.

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  48. Ahhh vs. err… 🙂 Thanks for the explanation, Lauren!
    Apparently that was what the church choir director was trying to get through our thick Midwestern skulls when she made us sing “Worthy is the Lamb” as “Wooothy is the Laahhhhhmmm…” She also had us do the “egg shells” thing. Trouble was we still sounded like prairie hicks on the rest of the words.

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  49. REO Speedwagon? That was one of the bands that always played at frat parties or dances at the Illini Union when I was at the University of Illinois from 1965 – 1969. I don’t know if there are any original guys still playing, but since I’m almost 63, they have to be old also.

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