He has less hair now.
I still have the corduroy suit.
Hey, you never know.
We'll be meeting at an old place called the "Windmill." It's a divey little joint, but we used to patronize it quite a bit in our younger days.
Go ahead and Google it, if you wish. I relish the nostalgia and what I think is great food. Mrs. Penwasser just calls it the place where I get bad hot dogs.
|They've jazzed the joint up, though.|
For instance, that deer's ass no longer hangs over the bar.
And they've removed the troughs from the Mens' Room.
I think the one in the Ladies' Room is still there.
What can I say?
They cater to a tough crowd.
Still, I'm really looking forward to it.
Why? Well, because I'll get a chance to see old friends again. Trust me, it won't be long before we're all wearing pajamas, eating soft foods, and talking to squirrels every day (and not just on weekends. Like me). I haven't seen two of them in forty-three years!
One, though, I see on a fairly regular basis. And that is the point of this drawn-out post. Rather than name him by name, I'll just call him "Spags." Heck, I may as well, because he's the inspiration behind the character of Tommy Spagnoula in Shag Carpet Toilet.
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You may have heard this once or twice.
|Spags is also in this one, as well.|
Although not as much.
But, there's a lot of dirty words in it.
|For My European Friends:|
Phil Donahue was an ultra-liberal.
But, he was married to Marlo Thomas.
Who was pretty hot.
Back in the day.
With the exception of my brothers and sister, there is nobody on this planet whom I've known longer (to which most people comment, "Oh, that poor bastard.").
Anyway, despite all this, I love the guy like a brother and am proud to call him my best friend. Whenever we meet, we just don't discuss anything remotely political or, if we do, it's usually a joke of some kind (most of you are probably thinking, "Well, that's not a surprise!).
So, it made me somewhat sad when Dawn from the entertaining Lighten Up! blog expressed some reticence about expressing what she called a "minority opinion" in response to my latest "Captain Caption."
Pshaw, I said! All opinions are welcome. I have no doubt that a lot of you do not share my outlook on life (as a bonus, most of you have a grasp on sanity, as well). That is perfectly okay. But, I am willing to bet you that, like Spags and I, we have MUCH MORE in common.
Never worry about being yourself with me. I am a conservative. This is true. I make no apologies about it. But, I'm not a zealot who thinks anyone who disagrees with me is a fool. That, to use a tired cliche, is not how I roll. If I comment on your blog or otherwise engage with you, I consider you my friend, cyber or otherwise.
If you leave because of an offense you've taken, that will genuinely make me sad.
After all, some of my best friends are liberals.
In fact, I'm looking forward to having a chili dog and a beer with one of them.
She was pretty hot.
Back in the day.
Not so much.
But, she still looks better than Phil.