A New Year’s Tale (Open Thread)

NOTE: This is a re-run of an old post, but I figured some folks might not have seen it, and we could use a new open thread. Cheers!

This really happened. One year, right after Christmas, my mom decided to drive herself, my little sister and me up to North Carolina to see snow. As native Floridians, my sister and I had never seen snow before. We complained bitterly about this fact, especially during the holidays when all the TV specials featured snowmen, sleigh rides, etc.

This was a very long time ago, back when people drove ugly green station wagons with fake wood paneling. Anyhoo, we had a little dog—a poodle mix of some sort. He was a kind of goldish color, so we named him Butterscotch. But we all called him Scotch.

We couldn’t take Scotch with us since we were staying with dog-phobic relatives in North Carolina. So my mom asked her younger sister to housesit and watch after Scotch. Auntie agreed to do this for us and promised to take good care of our beloved pet:

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Poor Auntie had to spend New Year’s Eve all by herself. However, my mom had generously given Auntie permission to raid the liquor cabinet. She polished off a few cocktails and then rang in the New Year watching Dick Clark on TV as she lounged in our recliner and finished an entire bottle of champagne:

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As the next morning dawned, Auntie blearily awoke and immediately noticed something was missing:

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She looked all over the house, but she couldn’t find him. Then she remembered that we had a doggie door in the back of the house. She thought maybe Scotch had let himself out. She looked out the window into the empty back yard. Then she noticed the hole in the fence:

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Now Auntie was in a full-fledged panic. She knew how much we loved our little dog. Horrifying scenes played through her mind—finding Scotch run over in the street and having to break the news to us. She ran out into the front yard and called Scotch repeatedly at the top of her voice:

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But he didn’t come. She ran into the house and grabbed his doggie dish, thinking maybe if he saw it, he would come to her. She walked up and down the streets in our neighborhood, holding out a silver dish and screaming SCOTCH!!! The neighbors were not impressed:

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After an hour or so of this, with cranky, hung-over neighbors jeering at her from every window, Auntie walked back home, dejected. She wondered how on earth she was going to tell her beloved little nieces that she’d become intoxicated and misplaced their pet.

But when she got to our yard, Scotch was waiting:

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THE END






94 replies
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    Thanks BC, I loled! You should repost the story of your sister dressed as a roach, that is your best story to date.

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    The Ancient Randonneur says:

    A Shaggy Dog Story that actually had a shaggy dog in it. Love it! A much needed respite from the daily machinations of the Ocher Skidmark.

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    JeanneT says:

    Oh my, that’s wonderful. Glad there was a happy ending!

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    Doug R says:

    What about the cat, Seymour?

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    Yarrow says:

    I love this story!

    I see the Rose Parade has started. Where are Raven’s seats?

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    dmsilev says:

    @MattF: It’s not quite that cold in Boston this morning, though I’m pretty sure I saw a couple of people riding Tauntauns when my mom and I took the dog out for his morning walk.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I don’t know about that, I was kind of hoping for the one where Betty’ and her sister are sent off by their mom for the evening, and I recall something about a $20 bill and the expectation that young ladies could expect their drinks to be bought for them. But this one was great, especially with the awesome illustrations.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Yarrow: He said they’re near the intersection of Colorado and Pasadena, so fairly early on in the parade route.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    How did I miss this story the first time around? Haha.

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    chris says:

    @MattF: -43 is cold but not abnormal for Thompson. It’s one of those places where you see people in t-shirts when the temp gets up around zero.

    On the other hand you know it’s cold when the Calgary zoo brings the penguins inside.

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    @Yarrow: Raven’s seats are just west of where the cameras are on the north side, so if they show a wide shot of the next floats coming up*, you’ll see where Raven sitting.

    Reposted from below: B-2 and F-35 flyover from outside the cave.

    *Floats as they turn the corner from Orange Grove to Colorado.

    ETA: I’m wrong, Raven’s seats are EAST of where the cameras are. Doh!

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    Yarrow says:

    @dmsilev: Are they likely to show that on TV?

    I have no idea what the temperature is but it looks so warm at the Rose Parade in comparison to where I am. Jealous!

    Edit: @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Thanks! I’ll look for that.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    That is a sweet story, but didn’t have the twist I was anticipating. In my version, you and your mom and sister call home to wish Auntie a happy New Year.

    You: How did it go last night, Auntie? Did you have a good time?

    Auntie (surveying the empty whisky bottles on the floor): Scatchagornnnn….

    You: What? Speak clearly, Auntie. You’re slurring your words.

    Auntie (enunciating each word with precision): Scotch. Is. Gone.

    You (sobbing, screaming): Noo!! Oh Scotch! Mom, we have to go home NOW!!!

    Mom (breaks all speed limits on return trip): Stop that incessant crying, girls, or I’ll give you something to cry about.

    Scotch (leaping and barking and wagging tail): Wood woof yap yap bark bark!!

    You: Oh Scotch, dear Scotch, you came home!

    Auntie (puzzled): Why did you cut your vacation short? Anyone want some iced tea?

    [Curtain]

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    eclare says:

    @WaterGirl: I liked that one too, I think a Navy ship had docked where they were.

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    @dmsilev: They’re on the Colorado overpass over the 710.

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    gene108 says:

    Happy New Year!!!!!!

    I had a plan to get up early* exercise for a half hour and start my day. I got up early, and went back to sleep.

    New Year’s resolution fail on day one.

    * When I was younger, from teens to my 20’s, I used to be a morning person. Getting up and exercising was routine for me. I want to get back to doing that.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: They just showed an overpass with seats on both sides of it. Is that where their seats are?

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    Suffragette City says:

    Happy New Year to All !!
    and now it’s time for a nap !

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    I agree, I adore that story. And wasn’t Betty dressed as a rat on that same float? Wonder if the Ravens will see any floats to equal that one.

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    Yarrow says:

    @gene108: I have a friend whose “new year” starts every year on his birthday. That’s when he makes his resolutions.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @eclare: You are so right!

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    dmsilev says:

    @Yarrow: That sounds about right. I think the 710 overpass is the only such bridge on the parade route.

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    @Yarrow: I’m not sure what they showed, but they’re on the overpass just east of the reviewing area and where the TV folk are, the parade moves west to east down Colorado. Raven said they’re on the north side of the overpass and the eastern side of the bleachers.

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    Feebog says:

    It’s 59 right now in the North Valley, so pretty nice at the parade. Some pretty cool floats this year. Happy New Year jackels.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Yarrow:
    From the photo he posted I believe he is low near the end right by the corner where they make the right-hand turn

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    @Feebog: It’s a bit cooler here in Glendale, and probably Pasadena, low 50’s.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: It was an overhead shot. They were showing the whole parade route so they kind of followed it along. A band was crossing the overpass and in the view they showed the band was coming toward the camera moving away.

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    @Schlemazel: No, he’s further east than that(right hand turn from Orange Grove to Colorado, reviewing/TV folk, then the overpass over the 710).

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    Schlemazel says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Oh, thanks, that was not what I got out of his photo.

    You have been there a few times, right? Do you have recommendations? I really want to go some year soon.

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    @Schlemazel: I’ve only been to the parade once, when I was in college. We slept* on the street near Lake and Colorado.

    *Not a whole lot of sleep happened, but copious consumption of crappy champagne.

    ETA: If you look at Google Maps, he’s near the corner of Colorado and Pasadena.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Thank you!

    This was, and remains, my favourite bit:

    it wouldn’t be logical for a roach to be taller than a rat, not even in Florida.

    LOL! “Not even in Florida.”

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    germy says:

    So can they legally use dank bud on the Rose Parade floats now?— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 1, 2018

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    Schlemazel says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Well that was probably a lot more fun anyway!

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    ThresherK says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: We’re away from TV right now? Any big smashes on that 120deg turn? (And do bandeaders call it Orthodonture Corner?)

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    Yarrow says:

    The weather looks glorious at the Rose Parade. The sky is so blue!

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    @Schlemazel: It was cold AF.

    @ThresherK: I haven’t watched the parade in years, I’m just getting breakfast ready and then additional snuggle time with the girls. The Cocker Spaniel LOVES snuggle time.

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    @Yarrow: TV camera tricks, it’s actually a bit hazy.

    ETA: I hope the haze will burn off by the afternoon, I’m thinking of going for a short hike.

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    Magda in Black says:

    Good morning and Happy New Year!
    I’ve been moved to come out of the shadows to say a few. I’ve been lurking and reading you all for several years, and finally decided to thank you for getting me thru this last year of insanity.
    Adam and Cheryl I bless your reasoned explanations, they settle my brain some. Betty and Cole: you are speaking the rants that pinballing around in my head….all of the rest of you for words of wisdom and words to laugh with.
    And most recently Dorothy A. Winsor: for her coming move to Barrington, IL: just up the road from me.: I am delighted to add a like minded human this sea of red….altho Lake and Dupage Counties (Illinois) went blue, it was only by a margin.
    Those McMansions of the NW Chicago suburbs are full to the brim with well-off, quietly racist Trump voters. I work in a small local office of a national corporation, shoulder to shoulder with “typical Trump voters, and daily I find myself stunned by the willful ignorance. I really can save the NYT the trouble of finding out how or what they think : they don’t. I find that when I scratch the surface of any statement or opinion, theres nothing under it. These folks are merely record/playback devices, and its a bit terrifying what little they actually do know. I literally ache for intelligent conversation!
    Thats where you all fit in.
    Love,
    Magda

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    cgordon says:

    My neighbors have a dog named Poopsie. You also don’t want to be running down the street yelling “Poopsie!”

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I wondered. They showed a long shot that looked a bit hazier, but in most of the close ups the sky looks very blue.

    Do you get local coverage of the parade or just the ABC national coverage?

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    @Yarrow: KTLA has always had the best coverage, but I’ve not watched in years. I can watch pretty much anytime, they rebroadcast it over and over.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    BULLSHIT! It is -12 here this AM. That is cold AF. I am guessing it was 50-60 degrees warmer there that night.

    BTW, I have marched in the St. Paul Winter Carnival parade when it was well below zero so cold parades are not unfamiliar. The torchlight parade takes place after dark so those are usually even colder. Half the job is trying to keep your horn from freezing up

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I bet! And…they just showed the haze when they showed a city skyline that you could hardly see through the haze.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Wonderful illustrations to the terrific story, Betty. Please add my vote to a reprise of both the rat/roach float and the outing with $ from mom stories.

    Happy New Year from all of us Chez Q. Harry, in spite of his mountain dog lineage, thinks it’s too fcking cold to go outside. And Mr. Q believes harry would be embarrassed by a coat. If I could find Layla’s baker blanket he’d be wearing it on trips outside. Imma look again.

    May all the Balloon Juice pets and their people have good health in 2018.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Love, love, love the illustrations.

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    rikyrah says:

    Hope that Raven and family are having a great time 😄

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    @Schlemazel: Keep in mind, I’m a native of Southern CA, lower 40’s is cold AF.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Short and t-shirt weather! :)

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    trollhattan says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    I’ve also been once. Sort of. Stayed at my college buddy’s folks’ place in Pasadena a couple blocks from Colorado. We wandered/partied half the night away on the parade route, then eventually dragged our carcasses out of bed and watched it on teevee while hearing it going on–a little disconcerting since of course the teevee and real sound were completely out of synch.

    Took his motorcycle to the Rose Bowl, bought tickets from a negative scalper (less than the printed price) then watched the Huskies upset Michigan. Gotta love a numbskull plan that actually works.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    yes and we like it that way. Worst thing that ever happened was when wimps started moving here from Ohio and Illinois. They jut don’t understand how to enjoy the experience.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Magda in Black:
    Welcome! Here’s your jackal button and list of behavior guidelines*.

    *There are none.

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    Marcia says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: But it’s a story many of us can identify with. Late one night several years ago, I was in full panic mode because Buckwheat, our Shih Tzu mix, was missing. Searched every single room from the basement to the upstairs storage room; stood out the back yard yelling, even called the Silent Unity prayer service. I was getting dressed to cruise around on the surrounding (rural) roads looking for her (hopefully alive), and went upstairs to get a pair of socks —

    Only to find that Buckwheat had fallen asleep under a side overhang of our bed’s frame. I suspect the hour or so before that had aged me about 10 years.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Happy 2018, jackals. Only 10+ months of canvassing to go!

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    PST says:

    @Magda in Black:

    Those McMansions of the NW Chicago suburbs are full to the brim with well-off, quietly racist Trump voters.

    I don’t like them. I don’t respect them. But the cap on the SALT deduction should hit lots of them hard in your neck of the woods. If that peels off some of the Trump voters and helps elect democrats next year, I’ll learn to like their votes.

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    Magda in Black says:

    @ trollhatten
    Thankyou…rules make me itch
    @PST
    Last week had an accountant (customer) tell me the very same thing. I’ll take those votes

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    NotMax says:

    @Magda in Black

    Aloha. Always a cozy seat by the fire at this here inn.

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    Josie says:

    @Magda in Black:

    well-off, quietly racist Trump voters.

    This is a wonderful way of describing a certain segment of the voting populace. I have found to my dismay that a number of long time friends fit into this category. I may never feel the same way about them again. Welcome to a place of sanity.

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    HeleninEire says:

    @Magda in Black: WOO HOO a brand new jackal. Welcome.

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    @PST: We’re moving to a NW Chicago suburb and I’m a little concerned I’ll wind up among all Rs. But then, I live in Iowa now, so it may not be too different.

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    scav says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): Alas, you will have to choose your friends — but there are exceptions, looking for similar. Wonder if the clan signs are similar? (Plus, another reason to escape to the city — food and psychic relief, nourishment for body and soul).

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Magda in Black: Well, you can’t say casino, or penis, or poker, or pussy, or….unless you know this one secret trick. WordPress works in mysterious and annoying ways.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Magda in Black: I’d say you must work in the same place my husband does but of course you don’t. I consider him heroic for spending most of his waking hours most of the days of the week with loud-mouthed Trump fans and not going on a murderous rampage — you must be of a similarly sturdy psyche.

    But here you are among the sane. Welcome!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: I’d say, where have you been but my visits here to these threads are very irregular. For all I know, you have been on every thread I haven’t, or the threads I never finished. Anyway, I have been thinking of you. If/when it thaws out around here, I think we need another meet-up.

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    debbie says:

    @WaterGirl:

    And the one with the turkey leg!

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    NotMax says:

    Taking a cue from Betty and repeating because it fits.

    Back in the early 70s, a group of us living at the end of a dirt road in very, very rural northeastern PA, surrounded by forest, inherited a puppy (intention was for us to find him a permanent home) who was christened Bummer by someone. Could not find him at all one day, so naturally figured he had bolted when a door was open and was out somewhere among the miles of woods. Bundled up and off we went a-searching.

    Wonder to this day what the people living in the few other houses surrounding the small lake we fronted might have been thinking about a throng of DFHs tramping through the woods at dusk, waving flashlights while vigorously shouting “Bummer! Bummer!”

    Upshot was the dog was there when we returned empty handed. In the kitchen (a large commercial facility) atop one of the cold flat top griddles, gleefully licking at the sheen of grease in the runoff troughs.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Magda in Black:

    Welcome! I’m originally from Lake County, but I hauled ass for California when I couldn’t stand winter anymore. Now my blood is so thin that I’ve been banned from visiting in winter since I’m too miserable and it makes everyone else miserable. 😒

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Schlemazel:
    I lived near the parade route for more than a decade, so I have some experience. How to plan a visit is going to depend heavily on your budget.

    1) Seating. The cheapest approach is to watch it from the street. It’s hard to guarantee a good spot unless you camp out overnight; they let people start camping at noon the day before. Bleacher seats are fairly expensive but can be nice if you get a good one. The bleachers close to the start of the parade are generally better because they don’t have trees partially blocking the view, which ones further along the route usually do. If you’re going to stay in Pasadena, some of the motels along the parade route have rooms overlooking Colorado, so you could watch it from your (expensive) room.

    2) Transportation. Unless you’re going to get a room close to the route, you’re going to need to find a way to get there. Pasadena is served by the Metro Gold Line, which has 4 stops reasonably close to the parade route. There are also buses. Parking is likely to be expensive unless you know somebody who will let you park in their driveway. Reservations are strongly recommended.

    3) Lodging. All the hotels and motels in the Pasadena area have massively increased prices at required minimum stay lengths around New Years. The motels in Pasadena proper are concentrated along Colorado Blvd, so they’re very convenient and expensive. I don’t think there’s a lot of point in getting a room in one of the nearby communities; you’ll be paying for proximity but not enough proximity to save you a drive. If you have a RV, there are places along the parade route that offer RV parking, though I assume they are quite expensive.

    With all this stuff, the key is to plan ahead. Lots of people are in Raven’s shoes and only know they’re going to come to Pasadena when the matchup for the football game is announced. Getting in ahead of those people will save you some hassle and money, and planning even longer in advance will help more.

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    @scav: The Unitarian church is probably a good way to meet liberals. That’s how we met them here.

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    On another note, I just dipped into our Christmas gift goodie bag and found a chocolate labeled 99% cacao. I like dark chocolate but discovered there is a limit.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    You’re moving to Barrington? I was born at Lake Forest Hospital lo these many years ago.

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    Magda in Black says:

    We do exist here, Dorothy (i’ve not quite figured out the @), however I haven’t yet noticed any recognizable “tribe symbols”
    One last thought before I venture out onto the tundra:
    It is indeed the height of privilege (yes, white) to be able to remain so deliberately ignorant of the crisis this country is facing. It truly stuns me.

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    eclare says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): A Unitarian minister once told me he thought about 30% of the congregation was atheist and just came for community. That was the minister who performed my wedding.

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    @Mnemosyne: Yes, Barrington. I’ll look for the Memorial Plaque. :-)

    @Magda in Black: I’m hopeful. I have writer friends in Chicagoland too, though that could mean a 90 minute drive I guess. I don’t know where things are.

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    eclare says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): Same here. I don’t go regularly, but when I do, I go to the Unitarian church.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Magda in Black: Welcome! We’re nicer than we might appear, except when we’re not.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    Chicagoland has these things called “trains” that you can take into the city and run on a convenient schedule. 😉 I think you’ll be pretty happy with the public transportation options.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Ohio Mom: ::Waves:: I’ve been appearing only sporadically myself and have been thinking of you also. We did almost cross paths in a thread, but I think you left before I arrived,

    We should absolutely meet up again when it gets warmer. If you still have my email, shoot me yours (which I mislaid). I wanted to get your permission to send it with my New Year’s greetings to Ernie P., MD.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    Also, in case you didn’t know, there’s a new American Writers Museum near the Art Institute. I wanted to check it out last summer, but the torrential rains that day limited our options.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Magda in Black:

    i’ve not quite figured out the @

    Click on the “Reply” button in the lower right corner of the message you’re responding to, and it will automatically add the @name: in the comment box.

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    Magda in Black says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):
    As Mnemosyne says, the trains, goddess bless the trains! Chicago is a relatively easy grid pattern city to figure out. I’m a transplanted farm kid, I figured it out and I do love the city. You will as well ☺️

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):

    It just opened last year, but the people I know who’ve gone to it really loved it. Plus they have a ton of public programs. And you’ll be a local author, so I’m sure they’ll love to hear from you once you get settled in.

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    Ruckus says:

    @gene108:
    I want to weigh 160 and be young and in love. But then I’ve always been a dreamer. Or delusional, I can never tell the difference.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Yarrow:
    Yes that’s where they are sitting. It’s the only overpass on the route, and they are on the north east side, I think towards the back or top. Which is actually some of the best seats in the house.

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    Florida Frog says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): I second that suggestion. Our UU congregation keeps me sane here on the FL coast. We canvass together too.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Marcia: Didn’t Molly Ivins co-own a dog they named Shithead? She said it wasn’t fun going down the street calling,”Shit! Shit! Shithead!”

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    Aleta says:

    Love the drawings. My favorite might be the empty yard with fence and ‘OMFG.’ And the station wagon is fab.

    New Year’s story:
    Our family was about to move East, after my father had finally found a job in upper NYS. He was already working out there, and had located a bargain farm for my mother to come see and say yes. So we drove east for 2 1/2 days over Christmas vacation, spending it at my grandmother’s farm in CT.

    For some reason I’ve forgotten, except that it had to do with me, when we left for the trip home my grandmother sent us off with a bottle of cod liver oil. She’d already given me one unsuspected dose, and I told everyone it would never happen again. I did not want that bottle in the car. My mother accepted it anyway, and I realized for the first time that even she had to do what her mother told her.

    A blizzard hit while we were on the throughway, probably in NY or PA, and the visibility closed in on us. Then our old car’s defroster gave out. My mother kept plugging along and told us to roll the windows down a bit to defog the windshield. Soon we were all scraping ice off the windshield, side and rear windows with our mittens.

    “Can you find a towel back there to rub with?” she asked my brother.

    He’d read a book about Edison and believed himself a boy inventor as well, and he liked to try out illogical experiments that he’d reasoned could work.

    He found some clothing in the back and proud of his scientific knowledge that oil can’t freeze, applied cod liver oil to each piece and handed them around. We all set to furiously rubbing the inside of the windshield and the windows. “It’s working!” he announced right away, so my little sister and I applied even more oil before my mother realized what was happening and could stop us. Even after that, I tried once more to finish off the bottle for my own protection.

    It’s still vivid in my mind. The car crawling along, snow beating hard against the smeared windshield. The heavy smell of the horrible cod liver oil, and my mother hunching forward trying to see. Snow blowing in through the windows, now rolled all the way down so she could at least see out to the side.

    Eventually a state trooper stopped us to say the throughway was closed, and we crept forward until the next exit. To our joy, we were about to stay in a motel, a rare treat. Even luckier for us, it had a pay-to-vibrate Magic Fingers bed, which we’d never tried !! My defeated mother gave us each a quarter while she went out with a borrowed bucket to wash the inside of the windows in the cold snow and then to scrape the ice off them.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debbie: We need to get BC to publish a .little book of her illustrated family stories.

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    Drunkenhausfrau says:

    I love this story. I have been that poor, bedraggled Auntie…

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