I admire smart folk. Not smart alecks, but intelligent witty folk. I will never forget a remark by a friend, Joe Carver. When I was building I used a great guy, Buck, to dig most of the footings with his back hoe. He and his wife Alice became our close friends. I was telling my son Mark about a trip to Germany with Buck ‘n Alice (Southern tawk), when Joe popped in, “That must have been a tough horse that Bucking Alice.” (Well it was funny at the time.)
I sometimes think of something cute or wise to say, an hour or week later. (duh)
Dad and Mom never kept a lot of money, most was returned to the church or my mama’s passion, Foreign Missions. When dad died there was $750 in a checking account. For you that do not know, financially, things get sticky after a death. Banks cover themselves legally.
The family thought it would be a good idea to close the joint account. Mama signed a blank check, Shirl and I, along with Jim (Shirl’s husband) went to the local Bank of Belmont. One of us made the mistake of saying dad had passed away. Whoa, now some research is done whispers, cards pulled, etc.
“I am sorry,” the banker said, “I cannot cash this, Mrs. Darnell is not on the signature card, and it must be held until the Will is probated.” I got hot, Jim knew I was hot. He motioned for me to relax.
(Jim & Shirl’s wedding picture)
Then he spoke to the banker, “No problem sir, I am sure the Gazette, Observer and banking customers, will find it interesting that YOUR Bank has been cashing checks for an unauthorized signature for over twenty years, have a good day,” and he indicated we were leaving.
(Jim & Shirl after they got old, (they never aged))
NOW IT WAS A BIG WHOA! the banker spoke, “Please wait for one minute, I think we can handle the situation here locally.” he returned in less than a minute and counted out $750. We left smiling, me slapping Jim on the back. You gotta admire some folk.
It does pay to remain calm in stressful situations, and at least ‘act’ smart. LOL
Thanks for coming by the log.
A wise man knows how to speak loudly, while remaining silent. (actions speak louder than words)
Jim’s BMW Just one of the cars in his collection.