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Offline AlanBama

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Say what?
« on: December 12, 2006, 12:08:53 PM »
My friend of 30+ years, Greg, called me yesterday to say he had received a Christmas card from this girl we all used to run around with back in the 80's.  She is now a 'born again' Penecostal...but that's a whole 'nuther story.   In her card, she wrote "Dear Greg, I was so sorry to hear that Alan died this year.   I know it is hard on you losing a dear friend.   Hope you are able to have a nice Christmas.".

There was a time when that would have upset me, but I really got a good laugh out of it.    I had actually seen this girl a few weeks ago, out shopping, but didn't recognize her at first because she had gotten so huge.

Maybe I should send her a card that says "Merry Christmas; I'm not dead, but you're big as the broad side of a barn"......   no that would be ugly wouldn't it?
 ;)
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline ChaplinGuy

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006, 12:13:24 PM »

AlanB, did I miss something? It seemed like a nice note. Putting aside her radical religious leanings. I think I understand, though. And yes, look onward and forget it if it bugs you. Revenge only works in the movies (they are always right before the titles so the bad guy can't respond ...)

Offline thunter34

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006, 12:16:24 PM »
Now, don't let that heart rust, Tin Man!  (Still...it might be fun to send her a Christmas card: 'Season's Greetings from the grave!'  hee hee hee!)
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2006, 12:24:23 PM »
Dear Alan,

I think it was Mark Twain who said, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Looks like you get the last laugh.

Offline RAB

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006, 12:25:49 PM »
Alan,

OMG!   :D

It would be fascinating to find out where she got this news.  

Don't send her a card, don't let anyone let her know you haven't gone to the ever after, instead do this:

The next time you see her out shopping, sneak up behind her and say, in a soft willow like voice:

"Yoo Hoo, shopper lady, I've come to bring you news from the ever after, Slim Fast is now on sale over on Aisle 16."

O.K. I know that's wrong, but I couldn't resist.   ;)

RAB

Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006, 12:38:59 PM »
Maybe she thought she had eaten you?

Perhaps she feared that you got caught in her gravitational pull and got burned up trying to pull away?

...just speculation.

-joseph

Offline David_CA

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2006, 12:59:15 PM »
Now, don't let that heart rust, Tin Man!  (Still...it might be fun to send her a Christmas card: 'Season's Greetings from the grave!'  hee hee hee!)

Great idea... sort of a combination Halloween / Christmas card in one!   ;)

David
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2006, 01:16:33 PM »
Alan: I am pleased to read of the jester's side in you! If and when you take an opportunity, I'm sure it will be clever and enlightening. I'm sure it makes you wonder where she got her information or if she came to her own conclusion. Em

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2006, 01:36:11 PM »
Alan,

Send the girl a Christmas card and include a coupon for Jenny  Craig or Weight watchers.


Offline marco23

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2006, 01:55:27 PM »
You should send a Christmas card and write "From the ghost of Christmas past.....I'm watching.  Merry Christmas!" ;D
Don't hide your hurt, pain and feelings inside..for they will harden your heart.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2006, 02:24:07 PM »
Oh Alan - Glad you had a good LOL about it ... The last 2 posts spawned this: Send a card, a Jenny Craig coupon and inside the card write "Greetings from the Ghost of Christmas Past - I can see you, but then again, who can't?!"
« Last Edit: December 12, 2006, 02:25:55 PM by allopathicholistic »

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2006, 02:37:04 PM »
Alan you could send her a box of weight loss candy called, "Aids," if you can still find it.  ;D

Offline ACinKC

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2006, 02:58:26 PM »
You guys are a bunch of catty bitches arent you!!!
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline thunter34

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2006, 03:42:52 PM »
Alan you could send her a box of weight loss candy called, "Aids," if you can still find it.  ;D


OK, then!  The 'Kitty Has Claws' Award goes to.....


Know what, Rod?  I think they stopped making those candies round about the mid-80's.  Go figure!  Good idea, though.
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Offline poet

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2006, 04:08:07 PM »
I'm with Marco on your being the Spirit of Christmas past, back to show her her errors in life. :)  Sadly, I have a female cousin who also found the Lord and having peeked into one card years ago, I toss them from the mail before I get singed now.  Win
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Offline ACinKC

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2006, 04:08:22 PM »
Ask and ye shall recieve...

LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline Amosboy

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2006, 04:10:26 PM »
OMG...I remember eating those things (AYDS candies) when I was about ten or eleven...they were sort of chewy and fudge-like...it all makes sense to me now...

And for the card:  "Happy Holidays and See You Soon!"  -from all of us in Hell ;D

Amosboy
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2006, 04:10:36 PM »
Alan you could send her a box of weight loss candy called, "Aids," if you can still find it.  ;D

OMG... I had completely forgotten about Ayds diet plan. My mom used to do that. I remember eating a piece because I thought it was candy and it tasted gross.

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2006, 05:23:17 PM »
What a laugh over an old memory!  Ayds diet candy became a marketing disaster in the earlyl 1980's... I had forgotten about them.

In order to not hijack the thread, Alan just remember "living well is the best revenge."  You are now living well and apparently she is not!

Gary
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2006, 08:15:40 PM »
LMFAO...... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Offline Eldon

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2006, 08:23:29 PM »
Hey Alan...

This sounds like an open door to a little FUN! TAP into your creative energies and see what you can come up with in order to give it to her for Christmas. Make it so that you will knock her socks off! LOL!


Happy Holidays!

Offline Jody

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2006, 08:33:49 PM »
Hi Alan...Don't sweat it one second...About 7 or 8 years ago some old friends of mine went to a high school reunion where we went to in the Bronx...it seems I was listed as being deceased but as you can clearly see rumors of my death were greatly exaggerated...Still it was kind of an odd feeling- a bit hurtful but also somewhat humorous as if to say HAH- I'm still here and tough shit on you...I didn't even bother to contact them to correct their error, I figure the whole damned place really should have been fire bombed long ago anyhow!!!  High school- YECH ;D 

Jody (Still truckin' even after death !!!)  :D
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2006, 08:57:35 PM »
Hello Alan,

Well, I was never thought of as being deceased !! Back in 2003, a few people said I looked like a walking dead person. In fact, back in that time, a fellow co-worker of mine had a severe heart attack, and later went on disability, and left our employment. I had found out from one employee, later on, that some of the employees were taking bets, on who was going to die first. Me or him.

We are still both very much alive !! ;)



Ray
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2006, 09:23:30 PM »
Well, it did give me a good chuckle.   I'm not dead, but am feeling quite "stiff" these days....seems I have developed quite a case of arthritis in the knees, shoulders, elbows....thank God it is not affecting my hands.   I just take my Motrin and keep moving (slowly)...... :D

Hugs,

Alan

PS - there've been lots of rumors during the past 20 years about my 'death', and I showed up at a Christmas party in B'ham in 2001 and several there said "We thought you had died back in the 90's".....   So it is not a new phenomenon for me.
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2006, 03:44:50 AM »
Remember what we say in the South, Alan.....

God don't like ugly*





*but your AM Family shure do!  ;D

Hugs,
John

Offline joemutt

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2006, 06:42:22 AM »
Hi Alan, that bird must feel threatened like hell by you to have to declare you death.
It's so stupid it actually is funny.  :)

Offline DanielMark

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2006, 07:56:02 AM »
Well like they say, if you can't laugh at it you can't live with it.

Glad the joke's on her Alan. You are one of the bright spots of these forums for me, and I always enjoy reading your posts.

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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Say what?
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2006, 06:27:38 PM »
My brothers wife (Denise)  is a cousin to a girl (Vicki), I knew in school.  Their family is from Alabama and had a family reunion a couple of years back.  After the pictures came back from the developer, Denise handed me one... She asked if I knew this woman.  She was 4.5 ft tall and 4.5 ft round, placing 2 large bags of groceries on a picnic table.  I said, "Of course that is Vicki, preparing to have a little snack.

Vicki and Denise have fathers who were identical twins.  They had each been in an accident.  One lost his right arm and the other lost his left arm.  When I saw the photo of the two brothers sitting together on a sofa, I saw 4 legs, two heads and two arms and could not comment.  Someone has to put the FUN in dysFUNctional, I guess that someone is me.  Have the best day
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