“If you want a neat wife, choose her on a Saturday”

I know it’s late, but I met an old friend for lunch. He found me on Facebook and we decided to get together. It was a great day of drinking coffee, eating lunch and catching up with one another. I haven’t seen him in years so we had a lot of this and a lot of that to share.

Yesterday the red spawn lost its mind. I know this because it kept coming back to the feeder despite being hosed by me with the nozzle on jet. I was inside when I first heard the red spawn chatting, clicking and yelling at something so I went outside to investigate. It was on the feeder. I streamed the hose water, and it ran. I sat for a few minutes, and it came back to the feeder. I let him have it again, and he got soaked but not enough to deter him because he came back from a different direction. His spawn brain must have thought I wouldn’t figure that one out. He got squirted then jumped on branches close to me. I actually wondered if he was headed to get me, but when I hosed again, the spawn finally left the yard to go next door. It was chattering the whole while, and I have a feeling he was talking about me.

Today is another lovely day. It is about 76˚ and sunny. Tomorrow it will rain but then on Thursday we’ll be back to another beautiful summer day. We have been spoiled by the perfect weather this season: warm days and cool nights.

When I was young, I really didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to time especially in summer when one day was the same as another. The only exceptions were, of course, the weekends. On Saturday my dad was home. He did yard stuff like mowing and raking and also went up town to do his own errands: shirts to the Chinese laundry, a trim at the barber shop and a stop to say hello to his friend Pulo, the pharmacist in his own drugstore. Once in a while my dad asked me to come, and I would. I liked the Chinese laundry even though it was always hot and steamy. The double ironing board, with a top and bottom, was by the window, and the Chinese laundry man was always ironing pants. He’d hold the top down and steam would shoot out from the sides. He’d then lift the top, turn the pants over, close the machine and steam would shoot out again. I loved watching that machine. My dad’s shirts were always folded and wrapped in brown paper. From the laundry, we’d walk a little bit to the barber shop. Years later I realized that Floyd in Mayberry could very well have worked at my dad’s barber shop. It had only two seats and one barber. All the men sat waiting and chatting with each other. I stood and watched the barber trim my dad’s hair then my dad and I headed over to Pulo’s. While my dad and Mr. Pulo talked, I was given a drink from the soda fountain, usually a vanilla coke. Pulo’s was a small drug store, and there were only four stools at the fountain. Mr. Pulo always wore a white coat and would step from behind the pharmacy part of the store to talk to my dad. That was our last stop. My dad and I would walk back to the car and we’d go home. It didn’t matter how many times I went with my dad on Saturdays because I loved every time as if it were the first.

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28 Comments on ““If you want a neat wife, choose her on a Saturday””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Before the Deluge or Afterwards

    The skies opened in the early afternoon and some 5″ of rain descended upon us. Freeways closed, cars floated, 18 wheelers ventured into the under passes and stopped. A record they screamed – goes nicely with all the snow I thought.

    Now, I wait patiently for the arrival of the Plague of Locusts or the Super Deluxe Edition of Leonard Cohen’s forthcoming masterpiece “Popular Problems.”

    Verlander is hurt, we are 1/2 game behind KC – We have angered the Gods

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m not sure where to begin. I’m thinking with you comparing dear Lenny with the Plague of Locusts might be just the spot. Perhaps the God of music is not a Detroit fan!

      I am totally taken aback by the amount of rain you got, but, as you noted, it goes well with last winter’s snow fall. Take heed: “On average, thirteen inches of snow equals one inch of rain in the US, although this ratio can vary from two inches for sleet to nearly fifty inches for very dry, powdery snow under certain conditions.” from NOAA NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS LABORATORY (their caps, sorry).

      I do hope Verlander will be okay but this does not bode well. He is never hurt.

      • Hedley Says:

        Might I inquire if the Facebook driven interlude referenced above is a “Last Tango in South Dennis” ?

        Bit disappointed that you and im6 have not been expounding on the delights of Shark Week, but I can wait for episode 2 of Outlander.

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I watched the shark cam follow great whites all over Chatham. The great white even tried to take a chunk out of the cam which looks like a torpedo and follows the pings from the device on the shark’s back. The scratches from the teeth were deep and down to the metal surface. The sharks were in pretty shallow water which made me not want to swim in Chatham ever!

        Not the Last Tango in Dennis-he is a police officer with whom I worked at the high school and is married with 4 kids.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Watch out for that red spawn. They are mean little buggers when they want to be. It must be desperate for food if it’s not giving a tinker’s about getting sprayed.

    My dad had rotating shifts so time was something that we had to keep in mind. There was a printed schedule posted on the cellar door. Three days on days, three days on nights, three days off. We all planned things with reference to that piece of paper.

    It was a sunny day with lovely temperatures but the clouds are moving in now and the temp has dropped. There is still some sun but it’s filtered. The dogs are off to day care because I had appointments and errands that were going to take a lot of time. They’ll be nice and tired tonight and maybe a little leftover tired tomorrow, too. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      If there is a food shortage I usually see spawn gone to their reward on the sides of the road but I haven’t seen any. I just think the red spawn is addicted to sunflower seeds.

      My dad worked long hours but the weekends were free. I think he’d have gone crazy with a changing schedule.

      It might rain here tonight but it will definitely rain tomorrow. I’m okay with a day of rain. I get to stay home to avoid the traffic.

      Have a great evening!

  3. im6 Says:

    Didn’t watch either Sharknado 1 or Sharknado 2 nor do I follow any cams, so I can’t comment. Also, I have no interest in discussing ‘Popular Problems’ other than I think there might be one too many words in the title and of them them is not ‘problems.’

    • katry Says:

      You’ve lost me. If it is the great whites I mentioned that you think are part of Sharknato, they are not but are real and part of a long range study of the habits of great whites off of the cape by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The cam follows the shark and is totally monitored by the trailing boat. The cam is not broadcasted and is removed from the sea when its batteries are low or the shark has lost the pinger.

      What are the popular problems you mention? You lost me there as well.

      • im6 Says:

        Sorry for the confusion. I just *naturally* mixed up Shark Week Hedley referred to with the Sharknado movies. Haven’t been following the cam of the real fishies either. As for popular problems, that’s in response to Hedley’s mention of the new LC album he’s so anxiously awaiting: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/leonard-cohen-new-album-80th-birthday-next-month-20140811

      • Hedley Says:

        Im6, sorry for the confusion, I was referring to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Last night they were searching for a fictitious over sized Hammerhead known as Old Hitler. Unbelievably they didn’t find him.
        Lennie has given me no end of pleasure over the years without actually having to listen. A big birthday and a new disc, all best wishes to Mr C.
        Hope you have started watching Outlander….

      • katry Says:

        There is no broadcasted cam. It is strictly for the use of the scientists following and studying the great white. I got to see it on the shark week program. That it was Cape Cod caught my attention. We know the great whites summer here, and now they are speculating they come to give birth.

  4. im6 Says:

    Hedley… I have not even considered watching Outlander. Historical drama isn’t exactly something I seek out. After your comment above, I did check out some reviews and I’m even more confused about it than ever. Perhaps I’ll take a look, but I don’t think it’s anything I’ll be interested in. Time travel, romance, science fiction… Sounds like the kitchen sink. Doesn’t matter. I have too many other shows to deal with right now. I’m not sure I’ll stick with ‘The Knick,’ but I will give it one more shot. And I was disappointed that I actually enjoyed the first episode of ‘Manhattan.’ I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t since my DVR is already bulging with things to watch. Alas, I quite liked it. And those are only two of many!

    • Hedley Says:

      Throwing Kat under the proverbial bus, we have both watched episode 1 of Outlander and both liked it. Its no “Last Tango in Halifax” but what is ?

      • im6 Says:

        Apparently you both enjoyed Tango more than I did. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t blown away by it either. It sounds so much more promising on paper. I blame Celia. As for Outlander, you both like soccer/football, too. I don’t. So Outlander could be a risky proposition for me! 🙂

      • katry Says:

        MDH and my dear im6,
        I really did enjoy Tango, especially the last two episodes. I think most programs need a character you can hiss and boo and Celia fits the bill perfectly.

        I like soccer when I have a stake in who wins, such as in the World Cup, but other than that I don’t watch. I am first and foremost a baseball fan.

        I did like Outlander even with the kitchen sink.

      • Hedley Says:

        im6 and Kat

        The EPL monster rolls on Saturday as my lot travel to the very unpleasant West Ham to start the season. Last year they enjoyed 3 victories over us and had a commemorative T Shirt made to celebrate the fact.

        Mucky Weekends and Outlander running around chasing Red Coats are really just to let you know what we are watching. I read that Paula Wilcox is returning to the BBC in a show called Boomers. If you have never seen her and the wonderful Richard Beckinsale in “The Lovers”, do try to find it. Its a little dated but worth your time

      • Idle Mind Says:

        MDH… one of the basic principles of good journalism is that your initial reference to something is written out with acronym initials in parenthesis. The acronym can then be used by itself in subsequent mentions.

        This is my snide way of telling you I haven’t a clue what an EPL monster is, where or what West Ham is, or the start of which season. I have a hard enough time just following normal conversations. Please don’t unnecessarily complicate things for me. Thank you.

        Paula Wilcox and Richard Beckinsale are completely unfamiliar to me. Off to do my research…

  5. katry Says:

    I swear the season just ended and here we are starting again. The t-shirt seems to be rubbing in those loses.

    I haven’t ever seen “The Lovers”, but I’ll see if I can find it.

  6. im6 Says:

    Apparently leaving a comment via the email notification doesn’t work. Probably just as well as I was a bit of a smartass in my comment (I know, I know, how totally uncharacteristic of me 🙂 ).

    So I’ll ask again.

    What the heck does EPL monster mean? Where/what is West Ham? Start of what season? No one told me I needed a cheat sheet in order to de-code KTCC.

    • katry Says:

      You a smartass? Never!! Hard to believe I forgot to send you the cheat sheet.

      EPL is the English Premier League, something I learned from MDH or, like you, I would be puzzled. Our dear Hedley’s team is Tottenham which travels to play West Ham on Saturday, the start of the soccer season, the EPL season. I had to look up where West Ham played and found that West Ham United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Upton Park, East London.

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