The ‘bad, odd, off the wall things’ that happen in our lives, on vacation, at work or when we are just being us, make the most told stories.
It is funny now, but not then. I was once in a trio singing at Christmas time (yeah,me, really singing). The three wise men. I forgot my part and sang my whole solo verse as ‘Myrrh is mine,..Da-da- da- duh, da da da……. etc.’
For years we got Christmas Cards saying, MERRY CHRISTMAS….‘Myrrh is mine da da da da daaaaaa’.
Sherry and my BIL Elmer are the only ones still alive that know; once I drove a total of 100+ miles the wrong direction. I achieved the name of ‘Wrong-way-jack’. Replacing ‘U-turn Jack’! I may one day live that one down.
Remember Junior Samples, of “Hee Haw” Fame? Well growing up, my sibling’s names were: Junior, Odis, Kat, Ovaline and Shirl. I knew their names as well as mine, I never questioned them, that was their names.
Sister Kat is in the hospital once. Sherry and I approached the information desk and I asked what room ‘Kat Lankford’ was in. The lady looked and looked. Finally she said, “We do not have a Kat Lankford, the only Lankford we have is Mary K.”
“We must be at the wrong hospital,” said I, as my sweet wife elbowed me and said, “Honey, Kat’s name is Mary Katherine.”
“Well no one ever told her brother!”
I once had a visit from an FBI agent. My job assignment required a TOP SECRET (SI) clearance. (I had submitted all the information asked). The Agent turned on a recorder, read me my rights, then said:
“You listed a Junior (NMN) Darnell as a brother in Shelby, NC, No such man exists.” He listed off several Darnell names in Shelby. One was B.F. Darnell Jr.
“B.F. Darnell is my Dad’s name, he doesn’t live in Shelby.” Can you see eyes rolling? I did. I could imagine this dude thinking, and they want to entrust our military secrets to this kid, his IQ score must be wrong? LOL
As he clicked off the recorder and stood, dismissing me, he said, “Cpl Darnell, I think the mystery is solved, thank you for coming in (Like I had a choice)!”
Now that I look back, seems the FBI would have looked at my Dad’s name on the application and at Junior’s name and figured that, without me having to show my ignorance. hahahahaha
But this backward boy can laugh at himself and I know down inside, “shucks I am a genius!!!” Shakespeare wrote: ‘To your own self be true.”
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1963 Morris Pickup, a neat little truck.