June's stupid life, Times I Amused My Own Self

I guess if I found a dish, I’d run away with it

Recently, I was digging through my annoying picture boxes to show you something or other. And does anyone remember when I spent a weekend taking all my photos out of their albums and putting them in boxes to save space? And it took forever and I thought I was so brilliant?

Guess what. Having your pictures in boxes is #$&*$ annoying. Yes, it is pound dollar and star dollar annoying.

With my albums, I knew the blue Holly Hobbie one would have that shot of me being inappropriate with the Santa statue in 1990, and the plaid preppy album would have that shot of me being inappropriate with the cow statue in 1981. Now I can't find anything.

But the not being able to find anything thing did lead me to the following discovery. I have many photos of people balancing spoons on their noses.

Spoonface

Here's me and a blemish doing it in the late '90s, when it was cool to wear those teensy barrettes. Also, had I been flashing people for beads? Why was my SHIRT so open? Actually it was a pajama top. We were at a restaurant for their pajama night.

Momspoon
It's genetic. Here is mom doing it at some point long ago, when Bill Knapp's was still open. Mom said, "Let's get my big glasses and go!" Really. It was probably at least 15 years ago. I look at that guy in the back in the teal and white polo and I think he is probably dead by now, and I wonder if his family would like to see this stupid picture of him at Bill Knapp's, throwing down like we were.

Because I'm cheerful that way. Bill Knapp's was this family restaurant in the Midwest that was delicious. I have liked it since I was a kid, and my whole life I have been the only person under 89 in the place.

Momagain

Oh, look, here's mom again. She has smallened her spectacles, yet continued to be a spectacle.

Stripyme
As opposed to me, the paragon of dignity. What do you think Marvin is talking about back there? And why do I always have a blemish? Perhaps me hanging a spoon and being blemish-y are related somehow.

Emma
I am pleased to report I have had some influence on my niece, Emma. She is 12 now and probably too cool to balance the spoon. Note she and I are sporting the same hairdo in this picture and my last one.

Anyway, I am just saying to you I sense a theme. June and her spoons.

74 thoughts on “I guess if I found a dish, I’d run away with it”

  1. Hmm…Just realised that I’ve spent the last few minutes making an L with my hand to see how well endowed I would be if I was a guy. Getting some weird looks from my co-workers now!

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  2. Oh, how I miss Bill Knapps! Many a birthday celebration there with Bing on the jukebox singing Happy Birthday. My Grandpa used to go on his birthday to get his age discount on the rock lobster tail. Went there after my graduation from U of M. When we moved to OH in the late 90s, I was sooo excited when they built a Bill Knapps in our community – the first of their new, “cool and hip” format. Beginning of the end for Bill Knapps. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. Still, we were able to get a few good meals there before they went out of business. My ds loved their bean soup.

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  3. Thanks Duffylou! I’m going to see what I can do about getting this blog added to my official homeschool curriculum.
    Also, if you think I scrolled up to reexamine the distance between Marvin’s thumb and forefinger (which by the way aren’t even making a proper “L”) well, that totally never happened.

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  4. Furry, my lips are sealed. I know nothing! Just like Sergeant Schultz.
    Joann, thanks for filling me in. In that case Hulk, mazel tov!
    June, better hang on to Marvin. You might not find another guy with such big….hands.

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  5. See Siren? Bye, Bye School! You can learn your Sex Ed right here. Wives tale there’s a direct correlation between the size of a man’s foot and the space between the tip of the thumb and fore finger. Like when displaying the letter “L” and the size of their, ahem…unit. From my personal experience this data is 85% accurate. That damn Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day really through me for a loop!

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  6. I’m in Michigan and although Bill Knapp’s is long gone, the cakes are still available in the local grocery (Meijer) in the bakery freezer.

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  7. I have to go find a spoon to see if my nose is bulbous enough from which–
    Wait.
    I have to go find a spoon to see if my nose is bulbous enough to —
    Dangit.
    I have to go find a spoon to test my nsoe for bulbousness. There.

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  8. I seem to remember you posting a picture of Emmma last year and she is just the prettiest little thing. Or was that some other girl on some other blog?
    Hulk, happy birthday to your momspouse, and June, congratulations on Marvin’s manhands.
    Now I have to go find a spoon and see if my nose is bulbous enough to hang a spoon off of (I know that’s horrible grammar but can’t figure out the right way to say it).

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  9. Hulk, no the credit union used to be Valley National Bank on the same spot (we belonged when June was little). Bill Knapps was more toward the center of the plaza where the new drug store is. It broke my heart to see it torn down and another boxy ugly drug store building replaced it in hopes of driving out of business the one a few yards down the street.

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  10. Anita, perhaps you are not aware that sex and booze would be quite appropriate today since Hulk married his mother last year.
    I cannot hang a spoon on my nose or any other place, for that matter. I, also, cannot whistle. I can hula hoop, though, so I guess that counts for something.
    And Dawn, I noticed Marvin’s long fingers. I tend to take note of those things. Fingers. And feet. On a man. I’m just sayin’.

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  11. Mother-
    Wasn’t Bill Knapp’s where the new SMFCU is now? Next to where the old Shell station by Hemmeter used to be?
    Hulk’s mom got a gift card so she and her other husband can have a nice dinner out.

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  12. She has smallened her spectacles, yet continued to be a spectacle. bwwwahahhhaha!! And also too, smallened is my new favorite word.
    Hulk, happy birthday to your mom/wife. Buy her something sparkly and pretty.

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  13. June, you and Marvin look like you’re still going through puberty in that photo and that you should be sitting at the kids table.
    Many years ago, when I still worked in an actual office that wasn’t located off my dining room, we had a company luncheon and at one point, everyone at the table was wearing spoons on their noses while discussing the efficacy of a double blind study of immunosuppressants for the treatment of AIDS. Crazy.
    I guess you had to have been there.
    Hulk, what do you get your mom who is also your wife for her birthday?

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  14. No, I was merely a spectator, no huffing or touching. He’s a pretty funny guy in person… Onondegas, I had a REALLY wild twenties. It was roaring. THAT was the least odd thing I witnessed. Ask me about the lesbian with a blond mohawk, wearing only some jewelry, combat boots and overalls with no shirt at CBGB’s sometime who tried to pick me up. Oy.
    But he was a pretty good friend. And how is my blackmailing going to work if I tell you that you are correct, Anita? 😉

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  15. June, your hair is so much cuter now. Are you and Marvin wearing matching sweaters?
    Furry Godmother, would you say that spoon was a ladle or more of a demitasse? Did you have to huff on it for him?
    Hulk, maybe one day Hulkette will pitch for the National Pro Fastpitch and cash in on hundreds of dollars.

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  16. I remember Bill Knapps!! Funny story – my Grandmother was driving alone from Detroit area (home) to Holland MI to visit her son and grandkids – and it was her Birthday. She happened to stop at Bill Knapps for lunch – well if you remember, on your b-day Bill Knapps gave you a discount – whatever your age, that percent off your meal. Grandma was in her 60s and of course she wanted the discount. She didn’t count on the waitress bringing out a cake w/ candles and signing Happy Birthday to her as she sat in the restaurant all by herself.

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  17. I thought the hamburgers were especially good at Bill Knapps. They had a special name, but I can’t remember what it was. Also the cole slaw was good and they played “Happy Birthday” on your birthday and gave you a free cake. I miss it. June used to get a free lunch there on every birthday, or was it a percentage off based on your age? Again, I can’t remember. There is a drug store on the site of the old Bill Knapps now. Not nearly as interesting.

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  18. The VERY best thing at Bill Knapps was the great chocolate cake that they had. If it was your birthday and you bought a whole cake-which was always inexpensive-you got a percentage off of the price equal to your age.
    Also Emma is both adorable and cool and a wonderful child.

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  19. Ah, the memories of Bill Knapps. Was in my grandparents town. Perfect, as they were old! White ranch type looking restaurant, green shutters, yucky carpet (I hate carpet in a restaurant) and very bad for you old people food. I primarily remember the side salad had at least a cup of dressing on it. Yes, I ate the fried chicken, too. Can’t remember when it closed in Ohio, maybe around 1990? Grandparents also loved to eat at MCL Cafeteria. Anyone ever heard of it? Lots of jello…

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  20. Hulk (Who is NOT upset that Hulkette is a girl and not able to cash in on millions of dollars by being a left-handed major league pitcher...nope. Not one bit...) says:

    Hulkette is a Southpaw…

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  21. Hulk (Who is NOT upset that Hulkette is a girl and not able to cash in on millions of dollars by being a left-handed major league pitcher...nope. Not one bit...) says:

    Hulkette is a Southpaw…

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  22. Hulk (Who is NOT upset that Hulkette is a girl and not able to cash in on millions of dollars by being a left-handed major league pitcher...nope. Not one bit...) says:

    Hulkette is a Southpaw…

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  23. Happy Birthday to Hulk’s wife/mother! Since it is her first birthday you are celebrating as her son/husband, will you be doing something special? Maybe you could take her to a restaurant and hang spoons on her nose?
    And June, I thought the spelled out excitement was a genius idea!
    p.s. I would like a head count on who all is left-handed besides me and Marvin

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  27. No, he doesn’t do porn. He starred as an astronaut in the Apollo film with Tom Hanks and he was the guy who was shmushed in the first scene of “Home Fries” with Drew Barrymore… He’s been in a lot of movies you have seen. Main stream top of the line stuff. He used to do hang it all out in a bar we frequented.

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  28. Junie, I thought that comment was ampersant percent exclamation funny!
    number symbol dollar sign asterisk ampersant YEAH!

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  29. I wasn’t referring to your last comment, Furry Godmother. It was your spoon hanging comment.

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  30. Thanks, Furry Godmother. I won’t be able to get that image out of my mind.

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  31. Yay, spoon-hanging! We do that here, too, all the time, in a competitive way, to divvy up dinner chores. I win a lot because I have a blobby potato nose that’s just perfect for long-term utensil-dangling.
    I’ve never done it in a restaurant, though. Well, I’ve never been to a sit-down restaurant, unless you count McDonald’s, which I don’t. But if I ever go to a real restaurant — you know, the kind that hands out metal spoons — you can bet this will be on my list of things to do. I mean, now that I know it’s okay to do in public.
    You are such a role model for me.
    P.S. Your mom is gorgeous.

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  32. I TOTALLY remember the biscuits, as I used to order the chicken and biscuit off the kids menu. Also, yes, Marvin IS left-handed. And happy birthday to your mom/spouse, Hulk. Would you say she is more a Libra or a Virgo?

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  33. Bill Knapps! You weren’t the only one under 89, because I was there when I was little, too. They had the best biscuits (remember them?) and also great fried chicken. (Which must’ve been great, if I still remember it and I last ate there when I was about 8. Then we moved away from Michigan and no more Bill Knapps.)

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  34. Had to do a double take at Marvin. Thought he was a 12 year old playing table football. Your mom is really pretty. Of course I don’t know how old the picture is so she could be all wrinkley by now. Somehow I think not. Love the one of you letting it all hang out. Duffy could be right, breast feeding for all.

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  35. All the spoon pictures are very cute. I have one of my husband balancing a red plastic one on his nose at the Cairo airport, where we had been sandstormed in for several hours.
    On a totally unrelated note, is Marvin left handed? And am I the only one to notice how long his fingers are?

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  36. I just stampeded to the kitchen here at work to try the balancing act. I can’t do it. Crap! Another life skill I’m lacking.

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  37. Did you get a free appetizer if you showed some boob?
    I thought Marvin was drumming in that picture.
    Emma is adorable. I am assuming that at age 12 adorable isn’t the word she would want used to describe her. She was adorable in that shot and is probably very cool now.

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  38. Not really a spoon kinda gal. Silver or otherwise. But if you had that dish would the cow jump over the moon?
    Are you sure it wasn’t breast feeding night at that restaurant?

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  39. First commenter!! Bought the book, couldn’t do it (it really is a skill) and the spoon is now in my cutlery tray.

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