I don't know if you've figured it out, but I'm a night person. There's just something about nightlife that just always float's my boat. Like the moth to the flame, I've always enjoyed this lifestyle and the things that go with it. Wine, women and song has always been my adage and my occasional nemeses. This brings me to a subject I enjoy, in retrospect, marriage and relationships.
I have been married twice, both times to beautiful and caring ladies, that still fill my heart with fondness and memories. They no longer, however, fill my house with things that I don't want, add to my "to do" list, or ask questions that could not be explained or answered by God, himself. This is due to the fact that I am no longer married.
My first marriage was a lesson in and of itself. Caroline was an intelligent and beautiful Italian woman who taught me a lot of things (whether I wanted to learn or not). One of the most striking memories is when we began "squirreling" items for our pending marriage. I recall being told that we needed to buy dinnerware as my exquisite collection of multicolored Melmac dishes and my "jelly glasses" were not appropriate for serving guests.
We went to purchase a beautiful set of dinnerware for eight ( believe it's called stoneware) and when I saw the price, I had a severe pain in my wallet. After returning to our apartment and unpacking the dinnerware, I was informed that the plates, etc, would be "just fine for us" and "Tomorrow we'll get our 'guest' dinnerware". I should have know right there and then, but..........!
My second marriage was to Susie, a strikingly beautiful Cuban girl I lovingly like to refer to as "Wanda Spendo". I recall coming home one evening and the television was not working. I told Susie that I would take it to the TV guy (that was his name, "TV Guy") on Monday.
Monday evening, when I pulled into the driveway, I saw my TV set sitting in the front of the house beside the sidewalk. When I entered the house, there sat Susie, in my chair, watching a beautiful new TV set. "How did you get that?", I asked. "I charged it", was her reply.
The next day, when I pulled into my drive, Maria, our next door neighbor, invited me inside her house for some Cuban coffee. As I entered, there sat my TV, working fine. I said, "Maria, I thought that TV was broken." Maria said, "It was, but I took it to TV Guy and he fixed it for fifteen dollars." I should have known right then and there!
The Pictures: I thought I'd show you some evening photgraphs that caught my attention. They go very well with the "Ken Burns" style, which pans and concentrates on certain portions of the shots. I especially like the Night Forest, and the Adobe picture, taken in Arizona. Oh...., I left out the "usual suspects".
This Date In History: 1918; The Bolsheviks, who recently took power in Russia the previous fall, execute former Tsar Nicholas II along with the rest of his family. 1945; The U.S. Government conducts the first atomic explosion, code name "Trinity", in Alamogordo, New Mexico. 1951; J.D. Salinger's novel, "Catcher In The Rye", is published.
Birthdays: Andrea del Sarto, painter (1486), Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball player (1889), Barbara Stanwyck, actress (1907), Reuben Blades, singer (1968).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other person is a husband!
A man walked into a bar with his alligator and asked the bartender if he served lawyers. The bartender said, "Sure," The man said, "Give me a beer and give my alligator a lawyer."
The blonde girl pulled up beside the trucker and said, " Sir, your losing your load." The trucker smiled, nodded and drove on.
At the next intersection, the blonde, obviously irritated, said to the trucker, "Are you deaf? I told you at the last intersection that your losing your load." The trucker said, "Lady, It's Chicago, it's winter and I'm driving a salt truck."
That's it for today, my little shutterbugs. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !