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Friday’s Fun Day


Happy celebrating an Early St. Patrick’s Day!

Several of my coworkers were heading out of

work, since today is our ‘half’ day, to buy

some green beer. They said, “Come on, Robin!”

No, I just could not do it! Now, I would have

said, “Yes!” to green eggs and bacon, or green


Anyway, while we are on the subject of drinking,

I thought I would share one of those humorous

forwards that land in my emails! I am actually

going to type it in, since you never know what

may be attached to this! I changed a few words

so no plagiarism lawsuits will ensue! Ha Ha!

Also, this will help us all…


Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you sometimes wish you were more


If you answered yes to any of these questions you

may wish to find a physician or pharmacist about…

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet is the safe, natural way to feel better and

more confident about yourself and your actions. It

can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell

the world that you’re ready and willing to do just

about anything!

You will notice the benefits of Cab, as those who are

familiar with this beverage call it. Almost immediately,

with a regimen of regular does, you can overcome any

obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want

to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and

you will discover many talents you never knew you had.

Stop hiding and start living.

Cabernet Sauvignon may not be right for everyone. Women

who are pregnant or nursing should never use it.

However, women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming

pregnant are encouraged to try it.


Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting

incarceration, loss of motor control, loss of clothing,

loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur

and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all night rounds

of Strip Poker, Truth or Dare and Naked Twister.


The consumption of Cab or other wine or alcohol choices

may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

The consumption of Cab may cause you to tell your friends

over and over again that you love them.

The consumption of Cab may cause you to think you can

sing (or other talents you do not have in your ‘wheel


The consumption of Cab may create the illusion you are

tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most


Now, just imagine what you could achieve with a decent

Shiraz, Pinot Noir or Merlot!

No matter what- Enjoy your weekend!!

Date #2 with Ray


I feel after our first and second dates, I still have hopes for

this Ray!

We don’t talk about all those controversial,  messy, and

possibly toxic subjects like religion or politics. We have

had some good conversations about families. We have

both been through some challenging times. Ray has never

been married which makes it a little different from other

men I have recently dated.

We met at the Cheesecake Factory fairly early on Sat. and

got our little buzzer (I am sure it is called another name but

for the life of me, I cannot think of it!) It buzzes and flashes

at you basically letting you know your waiting time is up and

your table is ready. What is that called, anyone?

I had decided that by our meeting so early to beat the dinner

rush, I would not drink. Last time, it was coffee, a drink of

wine with dinner, then closing with another coffee. That kept

me from falling asleep on the way home. I still have not totally

adjusted to being a single driver! After almost seven years, I

have usually had a driver or a passenger wherever I have driven

for any length of time at night. Going to my Mom’s I am alone but

leaving right after work, no glasses of wine and lots of sugar, and

junk food and caffeine along the way!

I like to order variations of grilled chicken salads at restaurants

that have great desserts usually. That way, I can “justify” the extra

calories of the cheesecake (in this case it will be a caramel or a

turtle or some other combination of my favorites, chocolate and

nuts, too.) I ordered coffee and Ray ordered a draft beer.

We look at the menus and chit chat. His week has been “eventful”

down in his neck of the woods. I am not sure if he is allowed to

discuss what were the cases so I remained silent for awhile. No

specifics were brought up. I have not been paying close attention

to the Newark and surrounding area’s need for police. I almost

want details, but I suppose I could look up their paper and find

out! I am a curious (okay, nosy!) woman. Is it a ‘lawless’ sort of

population? Are they above average in their misbehavior?

I answer, “Mine was uneventful, but super busy!”

Nothing like letting the colorful and busy atmosphere, with fun

loving clientele to watch, provide entertainment. I like to play with

some of my best friends the guessing game about the patrons sitting

nearby. (Are they happy? What do they do? etc.) At the mall or on

restaurant patios during the summer it is the standard for conversation.

So, back to other information. His mother is 86 and lives next door

to him. Ray said at the time the house went up for sale next to her

home, he had not planned to buy. But he noticed that it was up for

quite awhile and then, there was a posted notice. Foreclosure.

He knew by being a sheriff and having a dependable income he would

be likely to get the house. I inquired about his mother and how were

her capabilities? She is still living fairly independently.

He goes to the grocery for her. She likes the large print magazines and

books so he takes her to the library. It is nice to hear about such devotion.

He often regrets one of the women in his life “that got away.” He said

she wanted to move from the area and thought he could leave and find

similar law enforcement jobs anywhere. She had a specific career that

would involve more of what he terms a “‘big city’ lifestyle.”

He let that subject drop and went on to say he is very involved with a

softball team and also, his nephews’ activities.

He has one sister and one brother. Both have married and have children.

I told him some things about my family that weren’t covered on our first

date. I also did not give out too much about the divorces, personal info,

and did fill him in more about my adorable and sometimes hysterical

mother! I even told him my summer story about the attack of the flies

in her apartment that my youngest daughter and I were part of and

I blogged about before.

I got Ray to smile! He is not, in my opinion, a big fan of funny things.

Even the movies he cites are action, dramatic or true to life. He does not

like to read books. I said that other men tell me this in a defensive tone

thinking as a past teacher, I will judge them!

“Not a problem,” I told him, “since I just read to relax and enjoy, I have

not indulged in educational or enlightenment books for about six years.

‘To each his own.'”

I said I have two brothers who did not have their own children but have

had a great impact on my own three children and one brother has stepkids.

“It probably creates less hassle when dating, “I mused, “No children to get

in the mix of things.”

He explained in a rather frustrated tone that  he could not believe how many

women have discarded him early on due to his helping his mother. Let alone

not having children! Also, he added, due to where he lives and works.

“Most of the people I contact are from Columbus, “I share.

Our dinners arrived and I asked for more pecans, crumbled blue cheese and

dressing. (I have a gripe and feel it is fair to tell you, I have worked in food

service off and on to fill in gaps, from my sophomore year of high school

up to six years ago at Cracker Barrel.)

I asked for those additions and saw the person look and nod,  because I was

with ‘Cool Hand Luke’ or “Make my day” Ray I did not tell the server, “Are

you writing those down?” I mean, it will save the wait staff a trip and also,

my waiting while my date is eating his meal! Just a side comment! I did

not let on how irritated I was at this time!

He asked for another beer added to my pre-ordered salad condiments.

Our male server appeared stressed and I tried to reassure him not to worry.

But that nice, pressure relieving comment caused our additional orders

to be delayed. I realized, too late, that I should have let Ray be the one

putting the pressure ON!

I ended up eating half of it before he returned. That really bothered Ray,

he started to talk to him about wanting to see a manager.

I was a little embarrassed. I do this relating to the other person that in

a textbook, might be labeled “empathetic.” He was using an icy calm,

louder but firm voice.

When the manager came and said we could have our desserts free, Ray

relaxed and stopped being upset. He wanted to know if we could walk

around the mall to get our food digested and then have a coffee there.

I was impressed with his ability to handle the tough situation yet switch

gears almost immediately. No storm brewing or ranting on and on: Good!

I had my turtle cheesecake and he had a cookies and cream cheesecake.

We both drank water with the desserts. I had brought cash to offer for

my meal, the tip or both. He declined and I thanked him profusely.

I think I overdid it and regret sounding so grateful. Not much I can do

about that now! I need to work on my normal thank you’s and less

profuse sorry’s. Guilty of those offsetting behaviors, one brother points

out regularly that it sets me up to be a ‘victim of control.’

We walked around the mall on the first floor and then up to the Starbucks

on the second floor of Polaris. We got our coffees and sat on a sofa close

to the railing to watch the people below. I noticed an unusual aspect to Ray

and wondered if this is because he is a sheriff: he never talks about the

people around him nor observes any details while we walked. I pointed out

a few things around me, the Spring displays and the children up rather late.

I noticed a couple with bright clothing, the woman wore red poppies and the

man had on a turquoise shirt with tan khakis. They looked nice but they

looked like they were from a warmer climate. I asked him to guess or think

aloud where they could have come from?

Ray said, “Isn’t that what little kids say or teens think?”

I replied, “Do you mean it may be rude? I was thinking as long as you didn’t

point it would be okay to discuss people.” (Maybe, readers you can let me

know if this is a silly game to play?)

I dropped that because the awkward silence got to be too much. I didn’t want

to push my luck!

I yawned (really the sugar was wearing off already? the coffee not hitting yet?)

and he said, “Well, maybe we should call it a night?”

I said, “It is more up to you since you are the one who has farther to drive.”

Ray stood up and took my empty cup to the trash. A nice law abiding man.

I hope we can have a joke or something that will lighten the mood.

So, here is the joke I told to make him smile as we walked the length of the


(thanks to my Mom’s friend, Pooky, who sends her copied email jokes!)

“An elderly couple had been going to a counselor for their marriage

and part of their home exercises were to practice repeating things.

Along with that, they each had a pad of paper and were supposed to

write down notes in case they forgot something.

One night the husband jumped up during a t.v. commercial and said

he was going to get some ice cream. His wife said, “I would like some

too. Can I tell you what I would like? Do you need to write it down?”

Her husband said, “Go ahead and tell me.”

She replied, “I would like vanilla ice cream.”

Her husband said, “For that, I won’t need paper!”

Then as he walked away she added,

“With strawberry sauce, please”.

He said,” I can remember 2 things.”

She said, “Here’s your pad, please add whipped cream too.”

He threw the pad down and stormed in the kitchen muttering about

the ‘stupid counselor!’

Twenty minutes later he came out and handed her a plate with bacon and


She looked at it, looked up at him and said….”Where’s the toast?”

I cannot help it, I have told this at lunch table and to two of my male friends

who call. Everybody laughs! I enjoy it and pretty much have the long pause

down pat.

By the time I had ended the joke we were walking in the parking lot towards

my car. Ray, by the way, did not laugh. Not even a chuckle.

I said I had a very nice time. I wished that the restaurant wasn’t so

busy but that is what happens on Sat. nights. He nodded his head.

I am not sure what he was thinking but he gave me a perfunctory kiss on the

cheek and a pat on the back and turned to leave.

I kind of shouted at his retreating back, “I’ll call you when I get home!”


Ray is a result of matchmaking


Ray has some mutual friends. I am so lucky to have

friends who are always searching high and low for an

available man for me! I want to write ‘laugh out loud!’

Because this is always an iffy situation, it can be a

disaster or a blessing. We will see how this goes!

My friends tell me these details and description of

the “next victim” to my dating adventures!

1.Ray lives in Newark.

2.He is a sheriff.

3.He is a member of the national organization of


4.He is quiet, well dressed, conservative (they think)

and stays in shape.

5.He has thinning hair.

6.He wears glasses.

Here are my responses (sight unseen!) as follows!

1.Newark is kind of far but distance makes the heart grow fonder.

2.Lawmakers are needed in society.

3.Toasts are needed when there is a glass of wine involved.

Plus, it means he is a confident man to be able to speak in


4.I like quiet but hope he has been warned by my friends, I am

not quiet!

I  like a well dressed man!

Not so sure about that word, “conservative.” I will wait upon

meeting for that judgment. (I don’t talk politics on my blog but

have been known to say things on others’.)

I like men in shape.

5.Thinning hair is almost like me, I have a thinning place on the

back of my head which irritates the snot out of my daughter who

goes to church with me. She is always finger combing my hair in

public. (embarrassing fact!)

6.I wear contacts but when my eyes grow teary or weary, out they

come and on come the glasses.

I have a real date tomorrow night with Ray! Yeah!

Oh, all my friends and fellow bloggers, please cross your fingers!