Mostly true story: Charley and I were sitting in a Dunkin’ Donuts last week and a horse walks up to the Drive-up Window. The waitress looks out, surprised to see him standing there and exclaims, “Hey!”
He says, “Yes, please, and could you throw in some extra ketchup?”
(Now, I’ll bet you thought she was going to say, “Why the long face?”)
I haven’t been around lately because I finished the mystery I’ve been working on for months now and have been sending it off to beta readers. Which means that when I get their input back, I’ll be busy editing it for the final draft. So, I’m taking time between drafts to write a post and visit you at your blogs to catch up.
Other things have been happening , too. I mean, you can’t just center your whole life around a book, can you? (Authors out there, please note – this is rhetorical ) I’m taking a class on “Making a Short Film”. It’s an inter-generational class with students from the University of RI and seniors from Osha Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). I’ve been involved with the camera work, learning the ins-and-outs of filming. I even had a small part – the mother who says “Did you get those cookies I baked for you?” (She was supposed to be knitting in the scene, but I don’t knit. They changed the script and my character did a crossword puzzle instead.)
There was another scene set on the university quadrangle during a race called “The Almost Naked Mile”. Students were running to make money for a local charity. I set up my video camera and when the starter’s pistol went off, a few hundred almost naked bodies (thank goodness for them we’re having a very warm autumn) came running in my direction. When they saw the camera, of course, they all wanted to get in the scene and I had to hug the tripod for dear life. Hopefully there was enough footage for the editor to work with.
Our good friends, Jack and Jean, came to visit and we spent a pleasant afternoon kayaking out on Worden’s Pond. Have I mentioned the fact that I’m petrified of water? (although, I do bathe on occasion) When I was little, the teenagers next door to us used to throw me into the deep end and then take turns fishing me out of their in ground pool on a regular basis.
Needless to say, overcoming the fear was a big deal for me and I almost backed out of the adventure. The worse part was getting in and out of the kayak because they tend to wobble (a lot). It was a sunny fall day and I was with my favorite people, so it was a lovely experience – except for the few minutes when I found I was paddling furiously but not moving. It took a while until I realized I’d paddled over a large rock and was grounded. I’m happy to say I was able to figure out how to extricate myself and the boat without tipping over.
We flew to Maryland this week and spent the day at Johns Hopkins. Some of you know from previous posts that Charley is involved in a clinical study on aggressive prostate cancer. He had a long day of blood tests and scans which showed he’s still in remission after two years. We went out to the Pratt Street Ale House, on Pratt Street (my maiden name was Pratt) to celebrate and then flew home to watch the first game of the World Series on TV. Cleveland Indians vs the Chicago Cubs. The Indians won 6-0. The next night the Cubs won 5-1. That made me happy because I like both managers and have favorite players on both teams.
Of course, the election is coming up in two weeks. Although I watched the first two, I didn’t tune into the third and final debate. Watching the buffoon stalk the future first woman president of the US around the stage for 90 minutes during the 2nd debate convinced me I’ve had enough of his disgusting talk and antics.
However, I did watch the BBC news reports on the debates the next day and was further disgusted (if that’s even possible at this point) to find he had called for Ruth Badder Ginsberg’s resignation from the Supreme Court because of comments she made about him in an interview: “He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head the moment.He really has an ego….I can’t imagine what this country would be with Donald Trump as our President.” I actually think maybe the real reason he wants her out is that she’s not his “type”. But maybe he’ll sue her and the case will come before the Supreme Court and she’ll have him executed? (I can dream, can’t I?)
I’ve been reading My Own Words. Ginsberg was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. In this memoire, she talks about other women who have been “way pavers” and “path markers” for generations of girls and women in this country. And they haven’t had it easy! She quotes her good friend, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Court:
“For both men and women the first step in getting power is to become visible to others, and then to put on an impressive show….As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.”
I think I’ll write a post on women and their continuing path toward equality in the US. But not today.
Just in case I don’t post again this month, I’ll finish with some fall pictures from around the neighborhood . Halloween decorations are out and some people take this holiday extremely seriously. For my part, I have a few pumpkins and a candy corn tree which Roxie seems to believe is her newest cat toy. Oh, and I’ve already eaten almost all of the candy bars we bought for the trick-or-treaters. That’s okay, though, because no one ever comes down our driveway. It’s too long, dark and scary. Ah, the irony! I’m going to buy more candy tomorrow. You can never be too prepared.