Joe Fleeburn of Kansas City, Kansas, was randomly chosen last week’s $25 winner with the correct answer to the question: What did Cindy say to Bill’s proposal? Ans: Maybe.
I opened my email and saw Joann’s picture.
Hello, there! Wait a minute. I’d been fooled before using dating services. Upon meeting one woman, I said, “You’re hair’s different than in your picture.” I wanted to add, the one taken fifty years ago!
Let’s face it, everybody over forty fudges a few years—but decades?
Joann and I had followed normal online-dating protocol.
Step one … Learn the following:
- GEOGRAPHY: Able to visit one another by car without stopping at rest stations along the way. (Brier Patch 23)
- DEPENDENTS: Few with four legs, none with two (under college age).
- LIKES TO TRAVEL: Yes/No. If yes, bonus points if financially secure.
Geography: hop, skip, and a jump away.
Dependents: one dog—small. One cat—huge.
Travel: yes. Bonus points: yes!
Great voice. Laughs easily. No minuses.
Meet in neutral zone. Starbucks.
By this stage the halo effect had me like a new Ferrari. So what if we had a few minor differences. She disliked riding in fast cars. So did wives one and two. She was a Republican. So was my mother. She watched sitcoms. So did … Sitcoms!
No matter. I reined in my biases. And definitely kept my trap shut about the wild times with Fran, Susan, Anita, Lucy, and Terry. Wives one and three would be okay. Although the high marriage count might be a negative.
“Ah, so you liked Reagan,” I said, raising my coffee cup in salute and forcing a smile. “Definitely more popular than Carter. And, hey, the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond won lots of awards.”
Our first date was July 4, 2003 at the Hollywood Bowl. By that time we had confessed our true marriage count—three and three—and our true ages.
During the rocket’s red glare, I placed my hand beside hers and, with my usual tact, blurted, “Look, identical sixty-year-old hands.” She smacked my leg and laughed.
Now, after all these years, we’re in love as ever. But, alas, still without a certain piece of paper (see video link below).
Next Week: Scammer the Scammer.
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Susan Pertierra saysApril 3, 2018 at 5:37 pm
So, she wouldn’t marry you!
Bill Brier saysApril 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm
I’ll go downstairs and tell her you asked. That will be kind of a re-proposal.
She laughed and said, “Sometime.”
“Sometime?” I replied.
More laughing. “This year.”
Thank you, Susan. I’ll send photos.
Linda Moffitt saysApril 7, 2018 at 6:42 pm
Great Video Thank You
No question this week 🙂
Bill Brier saysApril 7, 2018 at 7:24 pm
Moving on to the “Scamming the Scammer” saga. No more questions.