oh for crying out loud I'll put another log on the fire for em :D
Why did Ed's father destroy all the other soldiers? That seemed silly. I am glad he was able to save that one soldier so he could watch over Hank and Ed's tree
happy holidays guys
LOL! Thanks, Ed and Hank appreciate the offer and will give you a call the next time they're going back and forth about who has to get up and put another log on the fire, (which I better warn you is pretty much every time they have a fire going).
And as to why Ed's pa destroyed those toy soldiers, Hank doesn't know the details and he never likes to press Ed about stuff like that, he just knows Ed had a real bad childhood and Christmas decorations, (except for a nativity scene), and most toys weren't allowed in their house. Hank does remember Ed saying that one of his father's oft-used expressions was "idle hands are the devil's playthings".
oy boy a bible thumper. I feel bad for Ed. good thing he has nothing but good memories with Hank :D he makes sure Ed has a good life and visa versa
:D happy new year to you and Ed and Hank! (and the dogs and cats too)
Yep. Both Ed's folks were big ol' bible thumpers. Which is part of the reason Hank's so vocal about bible thumpers, (knowing how bad Ed was treated as a kid makes Hank crazy). And yeah, it really is a visa versa kinda thing.
Happy new year to you and yours too!
Awwwwww! ::sniffles:: I am all teary-eyed from reading about that single ornament. This was great, thank you so much for sharing it.
Yeah, Hank's just glad that one ornament survived Ed's childhood (and that Ed did too!). And, thanks, I'm glad you could spend a bit of your holiday with Ed and Hank.
Just don't let them get near that soldier as they put the log on the fire. He's special, like you and Ed and Hank and all.
Tell Iris I hope she gets better soon!
This was a lovely Christmas Eve gift. Thanks, dumbass!
That's so sweet of you to say, as are all of you as well. And I will definitely make sure that Hank doesn't mistakenly toss that wooden soldier onto the fire in a fit of extreme laziness.
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas this year! (You all surely earned it!)
Okay, okay, I'll stop calling you Shirley.
Hope you have a wonderful New Year's and new year, Dumbass!
Just wonderful to hear Ed and Hank's voices on Christmas Eve. You are a generous and thoughtful gift-giver. Three years tomorrow since I first saw Brokeback and was feeling a bit sad about it... Heath and all. Thank you for continuing this pitch-perfect series.
All the best to you in the New Year.
Glad you could stop by for a Christmas visit. I can understand you feeling sad about Heath, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year. I'm just glad he we have some amazing movies to remember him with, especially Brokeback. It's also hard to believe it's been three whole years since Brokeback came out. Wow.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.:-)
Hank, Ed deserves every bit of love you can give him; he was kept on short rations much too long. You take care of his heart real well, now, and get him up to see Iris soon. He needs a trip to Chicago. Just don't go till the ice has melted, okay?
Ed, I'm so glad there was a survivor. I bet he looks real handsome up on your tree. Sorry you and Ruth had to go through all that.
I think that mayor you're talking about was Michael Bilandic. He was there just before I moved to Chicago. He'd taken over for the first Mayor Daley, who died in office, and before his first full term was over, there was a series of blizzards. Bilandic didn't get the streets cleared for days. Public transport and garbage collection were shut down. He lost the Democratic primary in February to Jane Byrne, who became the only female mayor of Chicago in April, 1979.
It's weird that Daley hasn't gotten more flak; it used to be the one reliable way to get thrown out of office in Chicago: don't get the streets plowed and sanded quickly. Of course he's been mayor since 1989, and his father was mayor from 1955 to 1976, so...
You spoil Hank rotten, y'know. But it's worth it to be with someone who loves you that much, even if he is kinda lazy. Besides, he's cheap and easy --and that's a good thing.:-)
Happy holidays, Blue, and may 2009 prove to be what we've had the audacity to hope for: Then suddenly there he is,
and you wanna be where he is,
And this must be the start of something...
This could be the heart of something...
This could be the start of something big.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nxzzBXVJzs
Hope you had a very merry Christmas! We didn't realize you were a (former?) Chicagoan. Thanks for the name of the mayor, Hank was too lazy to look it up. ;D And Hank LOVES going to Chicago and wishes he could get Ed there more often than once in a blue moon. So Hank's busy trying to talk Ed into going there to visit Iris while Ed's trying to talk Iris into coming here instead.
And yeah, Ed was definitely kept on short rations way too long, (something that makes Hank crazy to think about) so Hank does lazy best to make up for it. Oops, I meant level best. And being cheap and easy definitely does help. (At least so far as Ed's concerned.)
Thanks for the video, it's great! And each and every one of us is daring to hope that 2009 will be the start of something big too!
Ooops, that should be "his lazy best".
Thanks for this! These guys have such wonderful hearts!
(that's a clothespin?, how neat)
Hank is so good at getting Ed to do things, quietly but persistently working oh him to help with the Christmas tree, well done Hank.
Loved the teasing from Ed when he was saying what he enjoyed when he comes inside at the end of the day and I especially enjoyed these few lines
"“Not tha’ comes ta mind right off the top a my head.”
“You be sure ‘n tell me if'n ya think of anythin’ else.”
“You’ll be the first ta know.”"
The clothespins story was sad, but it was nice that Ed got to keep the soldier.
Ed giving into Hank and getting up to put a log on the fire was so well written. Ed is a softy and they both know it "Fine. I’ll do it…”
“You gave in purty quick this time…”
“Yeah… Well someday I won’t…”
“Ya wanna bet…?”
I have to apologize because I owe you so many responses to so many thoughtful comments that you have left. Thank you so much for all of them.
And yeah, Hank is used to having to badger Ed to do pretty much anything (except work and... well... you know...) But it sounds so much nicer when you call it "quietly but persistently working on Ed". Hank appreciates that.
And you're right, they both know Ed is just a big ol' softy at heart and Hank does take advantage of it sometimes, but he tries to make up for it in other ways. (Mainly by being cheap and easy.)
Hope you're enjoying your holidays and best wishes for the new year!
Yeah I know how that goes who is going to do what or who is going to not do something. My ex and I played pool to see who was going to change the kitty litter. Pat and I flip coins all the time for chores. Yeah those clothespin soldiers were real popular when I was little and as I sit here I'm looking at the few I have left that I made with my own Nanny (grandmother) she hated being called grandma. They were fun to have, and I'm sorry to hear how it had to hide all those years but it is really special. I also have some popsicle stick ornaments that well even though not true antique glass ornaments like Pat and I collect they are awful special to me. It is amazing how all those little items on the trees bring back a flood of memories. I'm so sorry about Iris not coming for the holidays and all, but yeah anytime you can be with family and friends on any occasion or date is a good thing and who says you have to celebrate holidays on the holidays. We should spread that wonderful feeling the whole year through. Joe
LOL! I can't help picturing your poor cat sniffing at the litter box waiting for you and Pat to finish your game of pool. Hank is not going to pass on your flipping a coin suggestion to Ed because then he would have a chance of losing. How wonderful that you and your Nanny would make those clothespin soldiers too. Those and the popsicle stick ornaments are just as beautiful as the antique glass ones because, like you said, they are so special. (Although I bet the antique glass ones are pretty cool too.) And yeah, hopefully they'll be able to see Iris soon enough and like you said, any occasion or date is a good thing when you can be with family and friends. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year!
Nice the little soldier survived. My whippet and cat won't get logs for the fire either - they just have that "are you crazy?" look on their faces.
Thank you for this and have a wonderful New Year!
Glad you liked it! And, LOL, yeah, we know that "are you crazy?" look all too well.
I've been away and so haven't been able to read on Brokebackslash for quite a while, but when I saw that Ed and Hank had left Christmas greetings, I made sure I found the time to read what Hank had to say. I wouldn't miss one of his posts for the world.
Blue, please pass on my very best wishes to them (and to Iris) and of course take a helping for yourself as well. Happy New Year to all (and as my sister says, it will be, but only after January 20th!)
Thanks for stopping by Jenna! And congratulations too! I've been meaning to write after I got the email saying that you were going to be published online by Dreamspinner Press. That is so great!! (And so well-deserved too.)
Consider your best wishes passed on to everyone here (and to Iris too) and returned in kind. Hope you have a great new year! (And we agree with your sister, January 20th will definitely be the start of the real new year.)
That IS Laurence Fishburne. I think there's been a rip in the space/time continuum, capt'n. Or the gates of hell have been opened, or....
Kinda cute though, ain't he? Kinda like a "Buffalo Soldier" X "Artist formerly know as 'Fomerly Known as Prince.'"
Man, what they cain't do with genetic engineering these days. ;)