Our friend Jim Lewis has been staying with us for the last few weeks while he closed on his house and bought furniture and things he would be needing. Now he’s all moved in and this big old place of our seems a little empty.
Some people said they couldn’t handle having company for that long, but Jim isn’t company, he’s family. We’ve been as close as brothers for over 30 years and we have seen each other through some rough times and shared a lot of good times. We have the same warped sense of humor and it’s amazing how many times we’ll be in a situation and make the same smart aleck comment at the same time.
Just yesterday morning Jim was outside our place putting some things in his car and one of the neighbors was passing by and said hello, and added that she had just found out he was a famous writer. Jim told her no, that was me, and I was inside the house. She said we look so much alike that she guessed she had us confused. I’m not sure where that came from, since the only thing we have in common is that we are both bald and we both have beards, but Jim is a foot taller than me and not fat like me. He told her we look so much alike because we are Siamese twins. He said she kind of nodded her head and left then. I wonder how long it’ll take her to figure that one out.
Jim is also a very experienced massage therapist and skilled at making spinal adjustments, which is nice because Terry and I both always seem to be banging into something or getting ourselves out of whack, and Jim can put us back together again. The good news is that he is right around the corner, less than a block away, so he won’t be hard to find when we need him.
I said that Jim is all moved in, but that’s not quite true. We spent most of yesterday running around the consignment and used furniture stores in Daytona Beach looking for a few more pieces he needed. Of course, we found most of them in the very last place we stopped. In fact, we almost passed it by but decided what the heck, it was worth checking out.
We found a couple of very good deals, but by the time the haggling was done and the nice lady behind the counter rang everything up, it had started to rain. Rut Roh! We were about 30 miles from home, and though we had a couple of tarps, we were afraid everything was going to get ruined in the back of the pickup. No problem, the nice lady at the store said we could just leave everything there and pick it up today. In fact, Jim had bought a bookcase at another shop before we got to hers, and she let us leave it there, too. How nice!
With that all taken care of, somebody suggested we might as well go to Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet for dinner, since it wasn’t that far out of our way. Okay, maybe I’m the one that suggested it. But since nobody else objected too strenuously, that’s where we went. As always, the selection was huge and it was all fresh and delicious. All three of us waddled out of there stuffed to the gills.
Back at home we played a couple of games of darts, with Jim winning, as usual. He’s an outstanding player, while Terry and I are newbies who just sort of muddle along, getting lucky and hitting something once in a while. Actually, it’s frustrating that when I’m practicing and not in a game I do much better than I do when we start playing. I guess I’m just not cut out to handle that kind of pressure.
After Jim left, Terry and I watched a couple of episodes of The Carbonaro Effect, a TV show we’ve recently gotten hooked on. Michael Carbonaro is a magician who does some amazing stuff, showing up behind the counter of stores and working in businesses to pull elaborate magic tricks on people. It’s on Tru TV and I guarantee you’ll get a laugh out of it. Check it out.
Today it’s back to Daytona Beach to pick up the stuff we got yesterday, then we will drop it off at Jim’s house and I’ll be back at my desk working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal.
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Thought For The Day – Falling in love with your teacher is awkward when you’re homeschooled.