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[Jan. 14th, 2009|08:14 am]
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Ed and Hank


New Year's Day (morning, afternoon and night)...



Memory Jog: Ed and Hank have a New Year's Eve tradition of switching their two old shirts around in the closet at midnight and then exchanging new shirts... which they didn't do this year because they were too lazy to get up. Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G $$: Nope.


Links to all previous posts are here:
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New Year's Day...





"Thanks, Ed… I like my shirt a whole lot."


"Me too, Hank... I thought fer sure this year ya’d buy me one a them gaudy ones... like you like so much…"


"Maybe next year… But this year I figured you deserved somethin’ dull 'n borin'... just how you like it…"


"'N don't think I don't appreciate it."


"'N I think congratulations are in order too..."


"Fer wha'...?"


"You made it a whole year with tha' ring on yer finger withou' gettin' yer finger ripped clean off even once... I didn't think you could manage it, Ed..."


"'N lookit here... I somehow managed not ta get this particular finger ripped clean off neither..."


"Flippin' me off ain't part of this tradition..."


"It is now."


"I guess tha' means the honeymoon's fin'lly over..."


"Then you'd be guessin' wrong as usual, dumbass."


"But... I gotta tell ya, Ed... I'm real glad ya changed yer mind... about wearin' a ring 'n all..."


"Me too, Hank."


"Wait a sec... I almost forgot... I got ya somethin' else too..."


"Dammit, Hank..."


"Here..."


"Dammit, Hank..."


"Ya know somethin', Ed...? I'm real tired of you bitchin' 'n moanin' ev'ry time I buy ya some little thing or another... 'N I'm tellin' ya here 'n now... Cut it the hell out..."


"Dammit, Hank..."


"...'cause I'm done not buyin' ya stuff just because you throw a fit ev'ry time I do buy ya stuff..."


"I ain't ever thrown a fit in my life."


"Yeah ya have... They're just a lot quieter than most folks' fits... So... I'm hereby startin' a brand new tradition of randomly buyin' ya stuff whenever the hell I feel like it..."


"Dammit, Hank..."


"'N here's whatcha do when I do... You lemme know if'n ya want me ta write it all down for ya fer future ref'rence... 1) ya open the damn bag... 2) pull out what's inside... 3) look at it... 4) say thank you if the spirit moves ya... or don't if it don't... and 5) know I don't expect nothin' in return. Ever. So... here's the damn bag... D'ya think you can manage all tha'...?"


"Shit."


"6) no swearin' neither. It ain't polite."


"I apologize if I've offended yer delicate sensibilities in any way whatsoever."


"Apology accepted. Now open the damn bag, dumbass..."


"How come you get ta swear...?"


"Open the damn bag, Ed..."


"I'm openin' it... I'm openin' it... But... Jeez..."


"Wha' now...?"


"Ya coulda wrapped it."


"'N folks think I'm the annoyin' one... Just open the bag already..."


"...Thanks, Hank... It's a real nice t-shirt... I like it a whole lot... Damn... It looks like tha' fella's headin' home after one helluva hard day's work... Tha' dog don't look wore out though... Tha' seems about righ'..."




"I thought ya migh' like it, Ed..."


"Only..."


"Only what...?"


"Only there should be two dogs... 'n two cowboys..."


"Ya think so, huh...?"


"Yeah... Bill 'n me 'n them two dogs are usually out workin' together..."


"You 'n Bill, huh...?"


"Yep. 'N there should be a little house off in the distance... where yer snoozin' the day away while we're out workin' our asses off..."


"So's how 'bout I get one a them indelible-like markers 'n draw a little house on tha' shirt for ya...?"


"Thanks but no thanks... It's fine just the way it is..."


"Wait a minute... I was jus' kiddin' about the marker... But... I bet I could take a picture of our house 'n then copy it onto one a them iron-on transfers 'n add it to tha' shirt fer ya... I bought some a them a while back... fer makin' myself a gay rights kinda t-shirt fer tha' rally... but I ran outta time 'n never got around ta doin' it..."


"I dunno, Hank... it prob'bly wouldn't end up lookin' right... Even if'n it was a black 'n white picture..."


"Well... I bet I could even mess with the picture some 'n make it look like it belongs on tha' t-shirt by usin' tha' photoshop program Iris sent me a couple of years ago... I'm better with it than I used ta be..."


"Can I okay it before ya do it...?"


"'Course ya can... It's yer shirt so's you got the final say... 'N I can do it all in tha' program before we try it on the shirt..."


"Well then... In tha' case I'm willin' ta let ya give it a try... But I don't want ya ruinin' my shirt..."


"I won't ruin yer shirt."


"Ya better not."


"I love yer gift-hatin' ass, Ed."


"'N I love yer gift-givin' ass, Hank."


"Happy new year, Ed."


"Same ta you, Hank... But... Damn... I cain't believe how fast this one went by... Seems like ev'ry one of 'em goes by twice as fast as the one before..."


"How 'bout we resolve to make this one last twice as long...?"


"'N how exactly do ya figure we can do that...?"


"I dunno... Time goes by slower when yer doin' somethin' ya don't like... So's how 'bout we spend a whole buncha time travelin' this year...? Tha' should slow things down fer ya real good..."


"Nice try, dumbass..."


"No sale, huh...?"


"Well... Maybe we could go campin' close by fer a few days here 'n there... 'n head ta Chicago ta see Iris fer a week if she cain't make it here... But before we do anythin' more we should wait 'n see if'n tha' lawsuit of Betty's gets settled soon... so's we can figure out the ranch stuff with her 'n Bill..."


"Ya know tha' thing could drag on fer a while yet... Damn... I still cain't believe that half-brother of hers showed up outta nowheres 'n challenged her pa's will..."


"Well ya might as well start believin' it 'cause he did."


"What a buncha bullshit... sayin' their pa promised him the lion's share of it... Hell... she woulda been willin' ta split it with him 50/50... once she knew fer sure he was really her half-brother anyways... 'n now instead they're in this big ol' fight over it..."


"Yeah... 'N the lawyers are gonna be the only real winners..."


"True 'nough. 'N that's why I still say we should just go ahead 'n figure out some way of dividin' up the ranch with them now... 'n not sit around waitin' fer tha' dumbass lawsuit ta be settled... Hell... it's been months... 'n it could be months more yet... maybe longer even..."


"Ya know damn well Betty 'n Bill said they don't wanna do nothin' 'til this is all took care of... 'N Betty thinks it migh' get settled purty soon now..."


"I know, I know... But..."


"Leave it be, Hank... They know we're willin'... 'n they'll let us know if'n they change their minds."


"Fine. I'll leave it be. Fer the time bein' anyways..."


"Good."


"But I still don't see why tha' should keep us from goin' anywheres... Hell... we went the summer before last no problem... 'Course I never even finished writin' about it yet... I guess I should resolve ta do tha'..."


"It'd jus' be easier ta plan somethin' once we got the ranch stuff all squared away..."


"Plan...? Who the hell needs ta plan...? We just gotta make sure we got the ranch covered 'n then get in the truck 'n point it in whatever direction we wanna go... We can save the kinda trip tha' needs plannin' fer next year..."

"I ain't even sure if we can afford the kinda trip tha' needs plannin'... But... let's just see if'n this thing with Betty's brother gets settled soon... 'Cause once it does we gotta figure ev'rythin' out 'n help 'em get a house built 'n a barn built 'n whatnot..."


"Okay... But if'n it starts lookin' like it ain't gonna be settled soon maybe we can try 'n go somewheres fer a l'il longer then..."


"But not too long."


"But long enough."


"Nothin''s ever long enough fer you."


"That ain't true... some things are plenty long enough fer me..."


"They are, huh...?"


"Yep. So's Ed...?"


"Yeah...?"


"Are ya ready fer the next part of our brand new New Year's Day-time tradition of celebratin' New Year's Eve...?"


"How 'bout you tell me what exactly comes next... 'n then I'll tell ya if'n I'm ready fer it..."


"You come next... 'N then me... Or vice versa... Or if we're real lucky... maybe even both of us at about the same time..."


"Now that's the kinda tradition I can really get behind..."


"You go right ahead 'n do that..."


"C'mere, dumbass..."





Later...




"Try tha' 'sketch' thing again...
With just the charcoal this time..."


"Like this...?"


"Yeah... I think tha' looks best..."


"Me too, Ed..."


"Now make it a l'il darker...
You can do tha'... can't ya...?"


"Yep. How's tha'...?"


"It looks good, Hank... Hell...
I can't hardly believe tha' started out as a regular picture..."


"Yeah... It's a lotta fun ta mess around with this here program..."


"Now... Can ya make the house a l'il bigger...?"


"Size matters, huh...?"


"Jus' make the house a l'il bigger, dumbass..."


"I can make it bigger... Jus' give me a minute here...
I gotta redo all tha' lassoin' 'n pastin'...
There... How's tha'...?"


"I think that's about right...
It looks real good, Hank... Only..."


"Only wha'...?"


"You can put some color on it... can't ya...?"


"It depends whatcha want..."


"Can ya color in a couple a them windows with yellow...
So's it looks like there's a light on...?"


"I sure can... How's tha'...?"


"It looks real good, Hank...
Real good... Except..."


"Except wha'...?"


"Now the shirt's gonna end up lookin' kinda lopsided..."




"I guess it will at tha'..."


"So's... could ya maybe do the same ta a picture of the barn...
'n put it on the other side...?"


"I guess I can do tha'...
Jus' give me a few minutes ta find a picture of the barn...
'N if'n I cain't find one I'll jus' go outside
'n take a picture of it..."




Later yet...




"Whaddya think, Ed...?
I had ta cut part a the barn off so's it'll fit alrigh'
'cause I think there's gonna be less room on tha' side...
But I think it still looks okay..."


"It looks real nice, Hank... Real nice..."




"Thanks, Ed..."


"Only..."


"Only wha'...?"


"Well... I like that he's headin' straight ta the house... but... it just occurred ta me... if'n ya wanna get technical-like about it... he'd be headin' ta the barn first..."


"'N I bet ya wanna get technical-like about it...?"


"If'n ya don't mind."


"I don't mind... Let's get technical-like... Jus' give me a few minutes..."


"Tha' looks better... Only..."


"Only...?"


"Only now the house looks too big 'n the barn looks too small... So's maybe you could put the whole barn in this time... put back tha' side part ya cut out last time ta make it fit..."


"I guess I could try doin' tha'..."


"'N maybe make the house justa l'il smaller..."


"The house a l'il smaller...? I think I remember makin' it a l'il bigger not too long ago..."


"Yeah... But now 'cause we changed it it needs ta be smaller..."


"We changed it, huh...?"


"'N don't ferget ta put them lights in the windows again... I like them lights in the windows..."


"Okay... Lights in the windows... You want them lights in diff'rent windows...? All the windows...? Just the downstairs windows...? Just the upstairs windows...? Just one window...? 'N if so, which one...? Or maybe in three windows...? One upstairs window 'n two downstairs...? One downstairs in two up...? How 'bout the barn...? You want a light on in the barn...? You name it you got it, dumbass..."


"Not all the windows... Tha'd just look like we were wastin' electricity... I think the lights in them two bottom windows will do... 'N a light on in the barn migh' be kinda nice... maybe just in this top part here..."


"Two bottom windows 'n the top of the barn... Got it..."


"'Course tha'd be one helluva lit up barn... But it looks nice anyways..."


"So... we ain't gonna worry about bein' technical-like fer the barn light..."


"'N does it let ya flip pictures...? Maybe you could flip the picture of that house... so's it's facin' more towards me... righ' now it looks like it's facin' the wrong way 'cause ya put it on the other side..."


"I'm tempted ta say I cain't... but... yep... I can flip the house... Jus' give me a couple a minutes here ta flip it 'n re-lasso it 'n paste it..."


"Thanks, Hank..."


"I think you missed out on a lucrative career in the graphic arts, Ed... Or least-wise bossin' folks around who work with tha' kinda stuff anyways... Shit... I sure as hell hate ta point this out to ya... but yer bound ta notice it sooner or later... I think I sliced off a l'il corner of the house when I was lassoin' it ta paste it there... Ya want me ta redo it...?"


"Lemme see... Tha's okay... I think it looks kinda nice like tha'... In fact... I think tha' looks perfect, Hank... Jus' like tha'..."


"You sure...?"




"Yep. It looks just like home."


"It sure does."


"'N now we know tha' fella's headin' somewhere good."


"Yeah. He sure is."





That night...





"You asleep, Hank...?"


"Yep."


"About them lights... Ya know how the light comes through between some a them boards in the barn when I get behind on replacin' 'em...? D'ya s'pose you could make it look like that usin' tha' program...?"


"I can try... But I ain't tha' good with it, Ed... 'N besides... I thought ya said it was 'perfect' the way it is..."


"Tha' don't mean it couldn' be a l'il better... What about a porch light...? D'ya think maybe we should put in a porch light...? Or maybe it don't need it... It migh' be too much... But maybe since them bottom windows have lights in 'em the rest of 'em should be dark... that ain't hard ta do... Right...?"


"How 'bout I show ya how ta use it tomorrow...? Then you can go hog-wild with it... Hell... not only can you put in a porch light 'n black out them other windows you can put in a big ol' UFO landin' righ' next ta the house if'n ya wanna..."


"Only you'd wanna go 'n do somethin' like tha'...
'N besides... if'n ya were gonna do it it'd hafta be on the barn side..."





"G'night, dumbass...
Happy New Year's Day Night..."


"So's... Hank...?"


"Yeah...?"


"D'ya s'pose there's any kinda new New Year's Day Night-time traditions we jus' migh' be fergettin' about..?"


"You ain't too tired ta start somethin'...? After this mornin' 'n all...?"


"I ain't if you ain't..."


"Well... I thought I was but maybe that's 'cause I thought you were too so I guess I ain't if you ain't either..."


"C'mere, dumbass..."


"Hold on a sec..."


"Jus' ferget the music tonight, Hank..."


"No way... I'm gonna start this here new year out right by playin' yer fav'rite song fer ya... Here ya go..."



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqrMd5y7QXQ



"That ain't my fav'rite song..."


"Yeah it is."


"Ya know damn well I like Johnny Cash... Or Hank Williams... Senior, that is..."


"Yeah, I know... but this is yer secret fav'rite song..."


"No it ain't."


"Yeah it is."


"No it ain't... 'S too sappy fer me..."


"Sappy or not... It's yer secret fav'rite song alrigh'."


"No it ain't."


"Okay. Have it yer way... It ain't yer secret fav'rite song... Ya want me ta turn it off...?"


"Well... Since it's playin' already... I guess ya might as well leave it be..."


"Okay. I'll leave it be."


"So's... Is it...?"


"Yeah, Ed... It's set ta repeat."






Later...






"Damn, Ed... I sure do love yer ass... 'n ev'ry other part of ya as well..."


"I'm purty fond of all yer parts too, dumbass..."


"'N... Ya know tha' song...?"


"Wha' song...?"


"The one I jus' turned off... The same one tha' was playin' over 'n over a whole buncha times..."


"I guess I was too preoccupied by some a them parts a yers ta notice..."


"Ya know ya turn it up ev'ry time it comes on that oldies country station ya listen to..."


"I turn up a lotta songs."


"Not so's many as ya'd think... 'n usually never the sappy ones... 'cept fer that one... 'n a couple other of yer super-secret fav'rite sappy songs..."


"So I guess now I know whatcha do with all yer time... ya spend it spyin' on me..."


"As much as I possibly can... 'N... d'ya remember the first time we heard it...? At the same time 'n place anyways..."


"Yeah. I remember... But I was kinda hopin' you didn't."


"Oh I remember alrigh'... It was way back when... 'n we were comin' back from one a them campin' trips... 'n we usually didn't eat out nowheres 'cause you never wanted to... but we ran through our food faster than usual tha' trip 'n we were both real hungry so we stopped at tha' diner... 'n tha' song came on midway through eatin' our lunch... 'N the red... I never seen nothin' like it... It started with yer ears... 'n then it crept up yer neck 'n spread acrost yer whole face... I'd say it was more like fire engine red than beet red... Or whatever the hell's redder than fire engine red... Hell... tha' was the reddest red I ever seen..."


"It weren't tha' bad..."


"Yeah it was... Damn... I thought maybe you were gonna spontaneously combust righ' then 'n there... 'N you were lookin' ev'rywhere... 'xcept at me... 'N at first I didn't even know what had ya so worked up 'cause I weren't payin' attention ta the song... but then... in spite a yerself... yer eyes lit on mine fer a second... 'n tha's when I knew what it was... 'cause when our eyes met that one particular part a the song was playin'... 'n all of a sudden it seemed real loud... 'n then I could see it there 'n yer eyes as plain as day... no matter how hard you were tryin' ta hide it... Hell... it was like some kinda real sappy scene from a real sappy movie..."


"Ya always did exaggerate, dumbass..."


"I ain't exaggeratin'... 'N then next thing I knew ya bolted up outta tha' booth 'n ya mumbled somethin' about not bein' as hungry as ya thought 'n ya threw some money down on the table 'n high-tailed it outta there... When I came out I weren't even sure if ya'd be waitin' ta say 'so long 'n see ya later' ta me..."


"Ya sure as hell took yer sweet time..."


"Alls I did was pay the bill 'n get yer food wrapped ta go in case you were still there... I knew ya'd get hungry again on tha' long drive home a yers..."


"Come ta think of it... I don't think I ever thanked ya fer tha'..."


"No ya didn't. Hell... Ya barely said two words ta me..."


"Thanks, Hank."


"Yer welcome, dumbass... 'N by the way ya overpaid yer bill by a good bit..."


"If'n ya tell me by exactly how much I'll figure out how much interest has accrued over the last forty years so's you can pay me back..."


"You'll have ta take it up with the waitress... Turns out you were a real big tipper tha' day..."


"'S okay... them waitresses work real hard fer a livin'..."


"They sure do."


"But... when tha' song came on... Shit... ev'ry time I heard tha' song... 'n they were playin' it all the time back then... alls I could think about was you... 'n then... hearin' it with you sittin' right acrost from me... with all them other folks around... Shit... I felt like ev'ryone musta known... 'n like you musta known... 'n I didn't want you or anybody else knowin'... Hell... I didn't even wanna know it myself... 'N I felt like... like... Hell... I dunno what else..."


"Like Mr. Campbell was killin' ya softly with his song...?"


"Wha'...?"


"Nevermind... 'S just another sappy song from back then..."


"You seem ta know 'em all."


"What I do know is that even though ya barely said good-bye ta me tha' day I drove home with one helluva big ol' grin on my face... 'n jus' thinkin' about it kept me goin' through some tough times... with ya 'n withou' ya..."


"Wha' made ya think of it tonight...?"


"I just heard tha' song on the radio this afternoon... fer the first time in a long time... 'N it's one a my secret fav'rite songs too..."


"Well that's easier fer you ta admit to... Considerin' yer gen'rally sappy taste in music..."


"Ya know tha' song may be sappy, but it's a classic... 'N ya know Johnny Cash sang it too... So's it must not a been too sappy fer him..."


"Yeah... I know... 'N I do gotta admit ta likin' that one particular line a whole lot..."


"'N exactly which line migh' tha' be...?"


"'I can hear ya when ya whine'."


"Ya know damn well it's 'I hear ya in the whine', dumbass... Like in the noise them telephone wires make..."


"You sure about tha'...?"


"Yeah. I'm sure."


"Well it works better fer me as 'when ya whine'..."


"I don't whine... I just bitch 'n moan when there's somethin' tha' needs bitchin' 'n moanin' about... there's a big diff'rence between that 'n whinin'..."


"Well... I cain't say as I care fer yer bitchin' too much... but I do gen'rally enjoy yer moanin'... Least-wise I was enjoyin' it a whole lot a few minutes ago..."


"I'm glad ta hear it... But ya know... you bitch just as much I as I do..."


"I do not."


"Yeah ya do. Maybe more even."


"No I don't."


"Yeah ya do. We even bitch about some of the same stuff."


"No way."


"I bitch tha' we don't travel enough 'n you bitch tha' we travel too much... I bitch that I gotta work too hard 'n you bitch that I don't work hard enough... I wanna retire sometime in this lifetime 'n you wanna put if off 'til the next... You seein' any kinda pattern here...? We don't hardly go nowheres... 'N we sure as hell ain't retired..."


"You sure...? I coulda sworn you were retired..."


"...So's as far as any whinin' about stuff goes... yer winnin' the war..."


"Well how 'bout we call a truce fer the night 'n get some sleep...?"


"Fine with me... But jus' fer the record... yer the one tha' started this particular skirmish..."


"No I didn't."


"Yeah. Ya did."


"Okay. Maybe I did."


"Yeah. Ya did."


"Go ta sleep, Hank..."


"G'night, Ed..."


...


......


"'N... I do, ya know..."


"Ya do wha'...?"


"Wha' them other lines a tha' song say... Ya know I still do... Dontcha...? Even more than I did back then..."


"Yeah... I know... 'N I do too, Ed..."


---



And I need you more than want you.
And I want you for all time.



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[User Picture]From: torry28
2009-01-14 04:35 pm (UTC)
You just brightened my day, thank you Hank , Ed and Blue.
Hugs
Torry
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-14 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Torry. You always brighten our day as well.

Hugsbackatcha,
Blue
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-14 05:38 pm (UTC)
Dear Blue and Hank,

I've been a faithful reader of yours since the beginning and cannot tell you what a pleasure it has been. I never comment because I use the internet at work, but I save all your stories and those of other wonderful writers in this fandom and read them at home.

I love all your posts, and have often found myself laughing and crying at the same time reading them. And I especially love the pictures and the songs. Is Hank's signing really that bad? I love is choices of videos :)

Today I am having a horrid day at work, but knowing I have one of your posts to read tonight just made it so much better. I just wanted to tell you that and to thank you for sharing your stories with us.

Hugs to you both and to Ed, and also to Hankthedog and Edthedog,

Olympia


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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 04:36 pm (UTC)
That is so nice of you to say. I'm so sorry you were having such a bad day at work. I hope yesterday and today are much better. Glad to hear you like the pictures and the songs.

(And yes, Hank's singing really is that bad. If not worse even.)

Hugsback,
'Blue
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[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2009-01-14 06:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, y'all....

Y'know, I liked that 2nd to last picture just fine -- the one WITHOUT the UFO.... Mind if I save it?

Keep Warm, okay? and tell Betty I wish her luck with that half-brother thing.

Much Luv,

Mary/DancesWithBelle-dandy (idjit Chow keeps tangling her tie-out around the porch supports)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 05:06 pm (UTC)
LOL! Go get Belle-dandy untangled right now, I'll wait. Iris has told us y'all have been in the deep freeze there... BRRRR! You should mosey on over here for a visit... it's supposed to be sunny and close to fifty all week, which is a lot warmer than normal.

Glad you liked the picture. It's all Ed's doing. And of course you're welcome to save that picture. Hank's been saving them at low quality to post in order to save space, so if it isn't good enough for your purposes just email us at myeyesaintblue@yahoo.com and I'll send you the file.

Betty doesn't know Hank writes this, but your wishes of luck will still be forwarded to her and I know she will appreciate them.

BigBearHugsToHelpKeepYouWarm,
'Blue
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From: jenna_hilary
2009-01-14 06:43 pm (UTC)
LOL over trying to make the year go more slowly by doing things you don't want to do....

About five years ago my dear spouse and I came to the same conclusion about the years flying by, and we decided we had to do something about it! We thought and thought about what might make time flow sluggishly, and we finally hit upon something.

We watch baseball on TV. Now, we both *like* baseball in all forms, so it's not like we're doing something we don't like. But it has always seemed to us that the game runs in slow-motion most of the time (gives an observer plenty of time to think), and the games seem, er, long.

So, maybe Ed and Hank might consider that. Besides the traveling, that is.
Love,
Jenna
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ed and I like football and Hank will watch it but prefers basketball, but neither seems to slow things down too much. We'll follow your lead and try baseball. We've never followed baseball too much, but Iris did take Ed and Hank to a Cubs game the very first time they visited Chicago. Hank loved it. Ed didn't care for the crowds.

If that doesn't work maybe we'll give watching golf a try. That should stop time dead in it's tracks.

Btw, Congratulations on your second book being published online! That is so great!!

Hugs,
'Blue
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[User Picture]From: mazaher
2009-01-14 07:35 pm (UTC)

Homecomings

"They're just a lot quieter than most folks' fits", indeed!
Tough day at work here too, but Ed&Hank feel like home.
Thank you
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 05:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Homecomings

So sorry to hear about your tough day too. Hope yesterday and today have been better. I'll write more soon.
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2009-01-14 11:56 pm (UTC)
nice. LOL about that ufo on the t shirt

yeah Ed has to accept gifts from Hank sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 05:27 pm (UTC)
Glad the ufo made you laugh. Hank figures it could happen... they don't live all that far from Area 51.

And yeah, Hank's done letting Ed keep him from buying him stuff.
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From: bentgyro
2009-01-15 02:46 am (UTC)
That was so delightful! I loved the t-shirt in all its phases and I remember when that song was on all the stations!
Thank you!
HT
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked the shirt in all its phases - Hank has to admit he was getting a little tired of it, but he also has to admit that all of Ed's changes were good ones.
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From: animas1
2009-01-15 03:31 am (UTC)
A New Year with Ed and Hank... gonna be a good one. Thank you for a fantastic chapter even with the premonition of time going faster as we get older. The scene in the diner with the jukebox was such a perfect portrait of Ennis. His feelings for Jack were so strong, he always thought people would know just by looking at him because he couldn't hide them. And Jack packing up his food for him. It's always the seemingly small things that resonate with the deepest and true feelings. This series radiates with images of the enduring passion between them.

Animas
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 06:05 pm (UTC)
That's all so nice of you to say. And yeah, Ed's inability to keep how he feels off his face is something that kept Hank going for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2009-01-15 04:21 am (UTC)

Great New Years

Yes, it does seem those years fly by faster and faster. With traditions like yours it makes life worth running in the fast lane. I loved the art work that you did in the photoshop, I still have not figured mine out and I just bought the upgrade lord knows why I still did not figure out the old one. Songs are a window to our souls sometimes and well yeah a lot of songs hit certain spots in mine for weird reasons. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 06:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Great New Years

Glad you liked their new traditions and the t-shirt too. And yeah, I definitely agree with you about songs being a window to our souls sometimes. Hank and I just learned photoshop by trial and error (LOTS of error) and messing around with it a lot. I'm sure there's a whole bunch of stuff we've never figured out yet, and never will, but if you ever have a question we might be able to help. (myeyesaintblue@yahoo.com)

Although we definitely have a very OLD version. (I just looked - it's version 6.0 and the date on it is 2000. LOL - No wonder it crashes all the time.) So I'm thinking things would be way different from the newer versions.
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[User Picture]From: eandj
2009-01-15 12:09 pm (UTC)
thanks
this is easily one of my favorite chapter
love it all - the New Year traditions, making new traditions, the photo shop shirt- so funny- and Ed's secret favorite song. I know Ed doesn't want to hear this, but this is so romantic. Playing this song, hearing the story behind- omg
Paula
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 06:40 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed their New Year's Day (and night). And yeah, you just made Ed blush a little, but that's okay, 'cause Hank loves it when Ed blushes.
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[User Picture]From: argentine65
2009-01-15 12:49 pm (UTC)

Ed and Hank

I love how they bitch (always)"I bitch tha' we don't travel enough 'n you bitch tha' we travel too much... I bitch that I gotta work too hard 'n you bitch that I don't work hard enough... I wanna retire sometime in this lifetime 'n you wanna put if off 'til the next... You seein' any kinda pattern here...? We don't hardly go nowheres... 'N we sure as hell ain't retired..." but they always find a way to fix things because they love each other. Love you and your characters. Thank you so much. Martha
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 06:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Ed and Hank

Thanks! (And so glad you don't mind their bitchin' 'cause I don't see either of 'em stopping anytime real soon.)
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[User Picture]From: pattieono
2009-01-15 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ha, ha LOL........I must say.....can't stop chuckling about Hank liking them gaudy shirts....you have got to show us sometime.........
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-16 08:07 pm (UTC)
Hank does love them gaudy shirts. And Hank will work on Ed about it 'cause he'd love to show his side of the closet versus Ed's, but Ed's real weird about stuff like that. In fact Ed's still kinda ticked off about the shirts with the fish embroidered on 'em that Hank showed TWO years ago. (And of course Hank had to re-do the whole t-shirt thing with a different house and barn besides their own for this post.)
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[User Picture]From: lara_pinta
2009-01-17 09:24 pm (UTC)
The witty banter between Ed and Hank was as delightful as ever.

I loved Ed teasing Hank about "snoozin' the day away while he and Bill are out "out workin' their asses off".

Ed being so pedantic about the pictures on his shirt really had me smiling, especially Ed wanting light coming out of the windows but not too much so people wouldn't think they waste electricity.

I particularly like this exchange when they are in bed " "You ain't too tired ta start somethin'...? After this mornin' 'n all...?""I ain't if you ain't...""Well... I thought I was but maybe that's 'cause I thought you were too so I guess I ain't if you ain't either..."

Hank bitching that he wants to retire and Ed saying "You sure...? I coulda sworn you were retired..." was another favourite for me.

Thank you for another fine chapter.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-21 05:28 am (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed spending New Year's Day with Ed and Hank! Hope Hank mentioning the ring didn't give away too much if you haven't read up to that part yet. (Hank has to admit, he NEVER thought Ed would change his mind about wearing a ring, but then again Hank never thought Ed would do a lot a things he's done these past couple of years. Just when you think you know a fella...)
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2009-01-18 06:59 am (UTC)
'Blue, you almost killed me!

"Yeah... I know... 'N I do gotta admit ta likin' that one particular line a whole lot..."

"'N exactly which line migh' tha' be...?"

"'I can hear ya when ya whine'."

:coffeespit:

Ed, Hank, & 'Blue continue to rock my world, make me laugh, and keep the lights shinin' at home.

Now that the Evil One is returning to Texas, any chance of a road trip to the DC area? You're always welcome, you know. Heck, Ed might even do something!

Whether ya do or don't, my house is yours, along with all the hugs you can handle. And pie. LOTS of pie.

I'd love the file for those pictures, too. it"d make great wallpaper.

Love you, Dumbass!

-J/D/L, still chuckling...
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-21 05:45 am (UTC)
LOL! Nothing warms our heart more than a good spit-take. Glad Ed made you laugh!

We're SOOOO Glad the Evil One is returning to Texas. (Na na na na hey hey good riddance.) Thanks for the invite and offers of hugs and pie, but alas, there are no road trips planned to anywhere (for the near future anyway). But yeah, I bet if we could get Ed to DC he would most definitely do something.

I'll send you the file for that picture (probably tomorrow).

Love you too, Dumbass!

'Blue
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2009-01-19 06:28 am (UTC)
These two are so sweet (even if they don't like to admit it too often -- well one of them anyway.) Thank you so much for sharing this.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-21 05:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, that is so nice of you to say. You made Ed blush. (And maybe grumble just a little.) (Which, btw, Hank enjoys very much.)
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