Monday, April 30, 2018

Sam and I are enjoying a nice quiet evening at home, which is pretty much exactly like every other evening around here.

MONDAY, 9:08 A.M. Okay, fine … I’ll begin with a quick update about my long-awaited lower denture. Sam just called Elite Mobile Dental and politely — with his best “indoor voice” — read them the riot act. They were attempting to tell us that my lower denture was “in” and they’d try to schedule me “by the end of the week.” Sam started to turn red and told them that’s not acceptable … two weeks ago THEY PROMISED TO BE HERE TODAY.

Bottom line … I refuse to wait another whole week before I get to try on my denture. Waiting is NOT an option. I WANT MY GODDAMN TEETH ALREADY! And make it happen TODAY! (It’s 9:16 a.m. They still have plenty of time to add me to their schedule.) In the meantime, Sam is walking around the block while we wait for a call-back. Stay tuned, okay?

In about three weeks — on May 18 — my BFF Sandi will be here for a visit. I’m so goddamn excited I think my head will explode! Sandi lives in north suburban Chicago (Buffalo Grove, more specifically), and we’ve been “best buds” since the summer before we started middle school. I haven’t seen her for about 17 years.

I’ve got A Hard Day’s Night (1964), the Beatles’ first movie, stored on the DVR in case Sandi wants to watch it with me and scream when we hear our favorite Beatles songs. Mine used to be, in top-three order: 1) “I Want to Hold Your Hand;” 2) “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” in a tie for second place; and 3) “Please Please Me.” Oy!

“Meet the Beatles” was the first album I ever bought. I was 12 years old.

Before I start discussing other subjects ...

A SPEEDY UPDATE. Regarding my wayward set of “teefs,” Elite Mobile Dental called about an hour ago and promised Sam they’d be here tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 4:30 with my lower denture. I’m nervous as hell, guys. If this denture still doesn’t fit it might be time to have a complete nervous breakdown! I don’t know if I ever mentioned this or not, but so far we’ve paid about $6,000 for this hoo-hah. Seriously … SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS. It’s expensive to have dental work done in your home. VERY expensive.

MONDAY, 9:36 P.M. Sam and I are enjoying a nice quiet evening at home, which is pretty much exactly like every other evening around here. We just finished watching a pair of swell movies: Fort Apache (1948) starring Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Shirley Temple; and Having Wonderful Time (1938) starring Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. And now playing ... one of our favorites: Private Benjamin (1980) starring Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan. Coming up next will be Born Yesterday (1950) starring William Holden, Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford.

John Waye, Shirley Temple, Henry Fonda and John Agar in “Fort Apache.”
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Ginger Rogers in “Having Wonderful TIme.”
Eileen Brennan and Goldie Hawn in “Private Benjamin.”
Judy Holliday and William Holden in “Born Yesterday.”

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I love posting photos in the Howdygram. It’s actually a little more enjoyable when I’m using my big iMac instead of my MacBook laptop (I’ve got my laptop tonight) because I can use my fancy Adobe design software to add talk bubbles (i.e., like a comic strip) and other artistic enhancements. Tomorrow (Tuesday) it’s my plan to spend a few hours in the study with my iMac and get back to my creative endeavors, such as designing mugs and greeting cards for The Howdygram Store.

For the time being, though, I guess I’d better take my pills, inject some insulin and get myself ready for bed. Thank you for reading this. Tell your friends and relatives, okay?

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