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[Jan. 9th, 2008|08:53 am]
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Ed and Hank


Ringin' in the new year...


Btw, just a note to jog memories if you were (or weren't) reading last year... Ed and Hank have a tradition of giving a new shirt to each other every New Year's Eve at midnight. This picks up right after their shirt-givin' this year.

Note: Kind of a 2nd part to 'Deck the Halls' which was a 2nd part to the part before that. Length: A whole lotta words and five pictures. Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G-XS $$: Nope. Comments: Always appreciated.





Ringin' in the new year...



"I like my shirt a whole lot, Hank..."


"Thanks, Ed. I like mine too."


"Cain't believe ya got me one that ain't too loud two years in a row..."


"Don' got no idea wha' yer talkin' 'bout."


"Yeah. Right."


"Campin' was real nice too, Ed..."





"Yeah... Real peaceful 'n quiet after the kinda campin' we did all summer...





"Almos' forgot what it could be like... Glad we went fer a few days..."


"Me too. 'N gettin' up tha' one mornin' after it had snowed were real purty..."





"Sure was... Though I wish ya wouldna knocked the snow off a them chairs... Woulda liked a picture with 'em the way they musta looked 'fore ya did..."


"You sure were takin' yer sweet time gettin' yer ass outta bed... So's where 'xactly wouldya have wanted me ta sit 'til then...? In the snow next ta them chairs so as not ta ruin yer picture...?"


"Tha' woulda been righ' considerate a ya."


"Couldn' 'xactly keep ya warm if'n I froze ta death..."


"True 'nough. 'N ya did a damn fine job a keepin' me warm. So's I guess I forgive ya."


"Gee, thanks..."


"Yer welcome."


"I did like that ornament ya got me, Hank..."




"Too bad they only had the one... Wish they woulda had two. Or a six-pack. Or a twelve-pack. Or maybe a case even."


"'N I liked how ya lit up them chairs too."





"Like I said... weren't my idea... Fella tha' reads 'n comments on our story suggested takin' some battery powered lights along... Tha' were even before ya lit up tha' trailer fer me... Was gonna light up a l'il tree or bush or somethin'... but decided ta light up them chairs instead..."


"'Course ya couldn' see them lights too well when we were sittin' in them chairs..."


"I dunno... Thought it lit ya up real nice-like, Ed... 'N yer what I wanted ta see anyways..."


"Think you got purty lit up tha' one night all on yer own."


"Once again... I don' got no idea whatcher talkin' 'bout."


"Yeah. Right."


"Do wish I had more pictures... Shit... Still cain't believe I dropped tha' stupid camera again..."


"Stupid camera, huh...?"


"Well there was also the stupid rock it hit 'n then bounced off a 'n the stupid snowbank it landed in after hittin' 'n bouncin' off a tha' stupid rock."


"Not ta mention tha' stupid fella who dropped it... Again."


"Shoulda took them gloves off... Slipped 'cause a them stupid gloves..."


"Think maybe ya jus' wanted ta get a new camera, Hank...?"


"Was gonna anyways... On accounta it wouldn' focus some a the time from bein' dropped before..."


"Twice."


"But now 'm completely camera-less 'til I do get a new one. Stupid camera."


"How ya gonna live?"


"Ain't gonna be easy."


"Tell ya the truth... I been enjoyin' not havin' tha' stupid camera 'round fer the last few days... Hell... Ev'ry time I turned 'round you were snappin' a picture a me. Ya must got hundreds."


"No way. 'S more like thousands..."


"Now c'mere, dumbass... Let's stop talkin' 'n start celebratin' this here new year proper-like..."


"Uh... Ed...?"


"Yeah...?"


"I kinda got ya somethin' 'sides the shirt..."


"We ain't s'posed ta... Ya know I don'... Dammit, Hank..."


"Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... Heard it all before... Ya don' go in fer none a tha' gift givin'... 'Cept fer them shirts. Which you started, by the way... But this ain't really a gift..." Hank opened the top dresser drawer, reached to the back and pulled out a small box and handed it to Ed, "Here..."


"Hank... I know what it is... 'N I thought we were gonna..."


"Just open it, dumbass"


Hank watched Ed's face as he opened the box and saw the two rings inside, "Ya got silver ones... Like I wanted..."


"Ain't silver... Ain't gold neither... I got us plat'num ones... Ain't s'posed ta tarnish as easy as silver... 'N it's s'posed ta be real durable-like. Was thinkin' 'bout titanium... Them rings were a whole lot cheaper... but..."


"Hank..."


"Do ya mind that I got 'em...? Withou' ya 'n all...?" Hank couldn't tell from the expression on Ed's face whether he liked them or not... Ed just look kind of pained.


"Glad ya did."


"Do ya like 'em...?"


"Yeah. I do."


"Good." Hank sighed with relief. He hadn't been sure what to do. He wanted to do something for Ed, after everything Ed had done for him... Or as Ed would say, everything Hank had made Ed do. And after all the stuff Ed had done that Hank hadn't made him do... Like getting their watches engraved last year, suggesting they get rings last summer, going on that improptu overnight camping trip in their 'backyard' a while back and cleaning up and lighting up their old trailer.


And that they hadn't gotten rings yet wasn't Ed's fault. Sure, Ed had wanted to wait until they got back home from their summer trip, but he'd had no way of knowing that the woman they'd bought their watches from didn't work at that jewelry store anymore. They'd tried anyway. Asking to see rings and even going so far as to figure out their sizes and narrow it down to one of two, both plain bands, the only difference being that one was silver and one gold. Hank had wanted the gold and Ed the silver. But that goddamn salesman had ruined it all. No, he hadn't said anything. But he didn't have to. His cold demeanor and sneering tone told Ed and Hank everything they needed to know.


Ed had finally turned to Hank and said real quiet-like, "I cain't do this Hank... It shouldn't oughta be like this."


Hank had wanted those rings bad. But he had to agree with Ed. And Hank sure didn't want to hear that fella's voice in his head every time he looked at those rings, so Hank had turned to Ed and said, "Yer right... It shouldn' be like this."


Surprising Hank, Ed had then spoken loud enough for that salesman to hear, "Guess this fella thinks our money ain't as good as some. Think maybe we should spend it somewheres else." Hank had readily agreed, glaring at the fella for good measure, and they had left.


Hank probably would have said something a whole lot worse than that, possibly involving a swear word or two. Or three. But since Ed's usual inclination was to say nothing at all, Hank was real proud of him for saying what he did and he'd left it at that. Trouble was... there was only one other jewelry store in town, and Hank already knew the owner of that one was a real jerk, so there was no way they were going there either.


He and Ed had talked about ordering rings online... but Hank had really wanted to see them before buying them. So getting rings would have to wait until they made a trip together to the larger town a hundred miles away. But even though that was a much bigger place it was still full of small-minded people, so there was no guarantee the same thing wouldn't happen again... and because of that Hank was having a hard time getting Ed to go. So... after Ed had cleaned up and lit up that trailer for him, Hank had just decided to go on his own. And after only one misstep, he found a jewelry store with a saleswoman who not only helped him without batting an eye but was downright friendly to boot.


"They ain't engraved yet... I gotta take 'em back fer tha'... They didn' have no time ta do it wha' with it bein' the holidays 'n all... So's... if'n ya don' like 'em fer any reason... tha' woman down there said we could exchange 'em fer diff'rent ones. She were real nice. Ya wouldn' gotta worry none 'bout that, Ed... 'N we could call ahead 'n make sure she was workin'... I got her name 'n all..."


"Like these ones jus' fine. Jus' didn' wan' gold ones 'cause I didn' wan' nothin' tha' reminded me of m' first one... 'cause this ain't nothin' like tha'..."


"Why the hell didn' ya jus' say that in the first place...?"


"I dunno... Don' matter now anyways, does it...?"


"Guess it don't... Jus' glad ya like 'em, Ed."


"So's whadda we do now, Hank...?"


"I dunno... I guess I could put yers on yer finger 'n you could put mine on mine..."


"Guess tha'd work... Here... Lemme go first... Give me yer hand... Shit. I feel kinda stupid..."


"It ain't stupid, Ed..."


"I know... I jus' don' know wha' ta do... Should I say somethin'...? I dunno wha' ta say..."


"Ya don' gotta say nothin', Ed."


Ed slid the simple band onto Hank's finger, "Here...  Damn... Ya know... I would fer real if'n we could... dontcha, Hank...?"


"Far as 'm concerned... this is fer real, Ed."


"Yeah. Me too, Hank...  Hell... Ta tell ya the truth... Never woulda thought we'd be doin' nothin' like this..."


"Me neither, Ed..."


"'N this ring mighta been a long time comin'... but ya've always had my heart... 'N ya always will. I love ya, Hank. More 'n I could ever put inta words."


"Think ya jus' put it inta words real good, Ed. Jeez... Ya always come up with jus' the right thing ta say when ya need ta say somethin'... How the hell d'ya do tha'...?"


"Guess ya jus' bring it out in me, dumbass..."


"'Course I weren't 'xactly sure 'bout havin' that heart a yers fer... let's say... the first fifteen years... maybe a l'il more..."


"I was jus' playin' hard ta get."


"Yeah...? Well I got tired a tha' game purty damn quick."


"Sorry it took me so long, Hank..."


"'S okay, Ed. Least-wise I won tha' game... eventually."


"Think it was a tie."


"Guess it was. Now... Give me yer hand, Ed... Shit. I shoulda thought a somethin' real perfect ta say too... Seein' as 'm the one that had time 'n all... But after I did what I did I was so worried ya wouldn' like what I done that I didn' think 'bout what I'd do if'n ya did 'n now ya do 'n I don' got nothin' ta say..."


"Ain't quite sure whatcha jus' said... But it's good 'nough fer me, Hank... Jus' put the damn ring on my finger."


"No. I ain't done yet. I love you more 'n I could ever put inta words too, Ed." Hank put that ring onto Ed's finger then continued, "I think I've loved ya from the minute I laid eyes on ya... 'N I know I said it  before but... alls I can say is that I love ya so much it scares the hell outta me sometimes..."


"I feel the same, Hank..."


"But... I gotta tell ya... I don' think I ever really believed it'd end up like this... 'N sometimes... even after so many years... 'm still 'fraid it cain't be real. That it's all jus' some kinda dream 'n 'm gonna wake up 'n..."


"Ya wan' me ta punch ya...?"


"No, I don' wantcha ta punch me... 'N ya know damn well the 'xpression is pinch me... 'N I don' wantcha ta do that neither."


"How 'bout if'n I jus' kiss ya then?"


"Tha'd be good..."


"C'mere, then..."


"Ouch... Ya bit me, dumbass..."


"Guess if'n it were a dream that woulda woke ya up, huh...?"


"I dunno... Ya better bite me again jus' ta make sure... Maybe not quite so's hard this time though."


"Glad to oblige. Hey... where ya goin'...?"


"Ta put some music on... Brace yerself..."


"Shit..."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5zi6seIphM


"'Sweet thing, sweet thing... breath a spring... make the birdies start ta sing... sweet thing, sweet thing... wear my ring... make m' heart go ding-a-ling'..."


"I am wearin' yer ring, dumbass. Been wearin' it fer a couple a minutes now. Somehow seems like a lot longer though..."


"Honeymoon's over already, huh...?"


"Nah... Not quite. Now... c'mere, so's I can take care a yer ding-a-ling..."


"Think tha' line is 'make my heart go ding-a-ling... 'Course ya already done tha'..."


"Then I guess ya don' wan' me ta...?"


"Didn' say tha'..."


"Doubt I can get them birds ta sing though..."


"Betcha could if'n ya put yer mind to it..."


"Mind's on somethin' else entirely... C'mere, Hank..."




The next day...




"Hey, Ed..."


"Dammit... Where'd ya disappear to, Hank...? Coulda used some help out there 'cause Bill's got ta day off..."


"Shit. Guess tha' there honeymoon's definitely over now..."


"Yep. Hope ya enjoyed it while it lasted."


"Sure did. Best forty-some years a m' life... Give or take a few..."


"Hey... Wha' smells so good...? Smell's a lot like..."


"Got half a mind not ta tell ya... Wha' with the honeymoon bein' over 'n all..."


"Guess I could jus' open that oven door 'n look..."


"Fine... Tha' song last nigh' kinda inspired me... Ya know all tha' 'sugar 'n spice 'n everythin' nice... honey drippin' from yer lips... candy 'n cake... no mistake... sugar-coated fingertips..."


"Well... guess it were good fer somethin' then..."


"'N I knew Betty 'n her ma didn' have time ta meet up with ya yet fer a pie makin' lesson on accounta the holidays... 'N tha' same fella tha' suggested them battery powered lights suggested Martha Stewart's piecrust recipe... So's I found it online... 'N I made ya a pie... First one I ever made... So's don' judge me too harsh-like..."


"Jeez, Hank... Tha' fella sounds real nice... Ya wouldn' happen ta know if'n he's single... wouldya...?"


"No. He ain't single. 'N neither are you, dumbass."


"Tha's righ'. I keep fergettin'."


"Fergetful, huh...? Ya must be gettin' old, old man."


"You absolutely sure he ain't single...?"


"Yep."


"Too bad."


"Think 'm gonna keep tha' pie all fer m' self."


"Have I told ya lately that I love ya, Hank?"


"Too late, Ed. 'N I have half a mind not ta tell ya 'bout the other stuff neither..."


"Other stuff...?"


"When I went 'n got them rings... I picked up a few diff'rent cheeses 'n some good chocolate like ya said ya wanted ta try... I wanted ta serve it all up last night fer our New Year's celebratin' 'n all... but then I realized ya woulda been askin' where I got it... 'N I ain't never been good at lyin' to ya... 'N I didn' wanna get out them rings 'til after we 'xchanged them shirts at midnight 'n... Hell... Prob'bly ain't as fancy as we coulda got online... but thought it were a start anyways... 'Course now 'm thinkin' a jus' sharin' it all with Bill..."


"Ya know Bill prob'bly wouldn' 'xpress his thanks the same way as I would... Least-wise he'd damn well better not..."


"Too bad... Tha' mighta worked if'n the honeymoon weren't over 'n all..."


"Shit."


"'N booze... I got us some booze too... Jus' got some a them l'il bottles so's we could figure out wha' we like 'n wha' we don'... Did getcha a bigger bottle a tha' Port stuff 'cause ya liked it when Iris brought us some... But I guess I'll just hafta share all tha' with Bill too... Sure hope he likes Port..."


"Pie 'n cheese 'n chocolate 'n booze... Ya did all tha' fer me, huh...?"


"'N rings. Don' ferget the damn rings. 'Course tha' were before I knew the honeymoon was gonna be endin' 'n all..."


"Jeez, Hank... If'n I had known whatta good husband you were gonna make I woulda suggested we 'xchange them rings a whole lot sooner..."


"Yep... I can bring home the bacon... 'n fry it up 'n a pan... 'n never, never, ever let you ferget I'm a man..."


"Ya got bacon, too...? We don' never eat bacon no more..."


"'Cause 'm a gay man... G-A-Y-M-A-N..."


"More like yer a dumbass... d-u-m-b-a-s-s..."


"'Course tha' were all before the honeymoon was over... Ain't gonna be a lotta motivation no more..."


"Ya know, Hank... 'Bout tha' there honeymoon bein' over...?"


"Yeah...?"


"I was thinkin'..."


"'M listenin'..."


"Ain't folks s'posed ta get two... Ya know... Yer always hearin' 'bout them second honeymoons 'n all... Dontcha think maybe we're due fer tha' second one ta start up real soon...?"


"Guess maybe you could be righ'..."


"So's... How 'bout we have a piece a tha' pie 'n then see if'n we cain't jumpstart it..."


"Ya wanna piece a pie first, huh...?"


"Yep... 'Cause if'n the second's gonna be anythin' like the first 'm sure as hell gonna need all the strength I can muster..."


"True 'nough... Hell... Maybe I should getcha some a tha' cheese too..."


"How 'bout we save tha' cheese fer tonight...? We jus' migh' need some more energy later on..."


"We might, huh...?"


"'S possible. So's... Tha' pie 'bout done...?"


"Lemme look... Should be justa couple a more minutes... 'N then I think it needs ta sit fer a few minutes 'fore we cut inta it."


"Tha' pie's real purty..."


"You weren't never too good at lyin' ta me neither."


"Well it ain't any uglier than Betty's mom's pie. 'N If'n we had a workin' camera... I'd take a picture of it fer sure..."


"Guess I'll just hafta make sure we get a new camera 'fore you make yer first pie... 'N I'll take pictures from start ta finish..."


"The hell you will."


"Yep. I sure as hell will."


"Was it real hard ta make...?"


"Not the apple part a it. Crust was a l'il tricky though. Used ma's old rollin' pin 'n tried ta remember how she used ta do it. Sure watched her often 'nough when I was a kid... Still ended up havin' ta piece it ta gether some."


"Guess we shoulda tried makin' pies a lot sooner..."


"Don' say tha' 'til ya've tasted it... So's lemme see yer hand... Ya still got all ten fingers...? Didn' get none ripped off on accounta tha' there ring like ya thought might happen, did ya...?"


"Think I still got 'em all... Ain't counted since 'bout an hour or two ago though..."


"Tha' ring looks real good on ya, Ed... When d'ya wanna get 'em engraved...? We gotta decide fer sure wha' we wan' 'em ta say..."


"I dunno, Hank... Maybe..."


"Wha'...?"


"I dunno... 'S jus' tha'... Now tha' this here ring is on m' finger... I kinda hate ta take it off 'n all... D'ya think these rings really need ta say anythin'...? 'Sides... It wouldn' be like them watches... wheres ev'ry time ya  take it outta yer pocket ya can see what it says..."


"No way 'm gonna make ya take it off, Ed... I guess these here rings say plenty withou' sayin' nothin' at all. Jus' like you did fer all them years... 'fore ya started runnin' off at the mouth so's much anyways..."


"I can stop anytime ya want me to."


"Well ya damn well better not."


"So's... Ya wanna make a bet, Hank...?"


"Whaddya got in mind...?"


"Know Bill will prob'bly notice them rings right off..."


"Yep. Least-wise as soon as he sees either a us withou' work gloves on..."


"You even know where yer work gloves are...?"


"I was wearin' 'em this mornin', dumbass."


"Anyways... How 'bout we make a bet on when he'll say somethin' 'bout it...? Like last year with us havin' the same fish shirts..."


"Sounds good. Whaddya wanna bet...?"


"Same as last year...? Drivin' privileges fer... let's say fer jus' two months this time...?"


"'S a bet. We can pick dates later."


"Okay. Hey, Hank...?"


"Yeah, Ed...?"


"How 'bout I go upstairs 'n get cleaned up real good... 'N maybe by then tha' pie'll be ready ta eat... 'Course I'd ask ya ta join me... but..."


"Don' worry, Ed... I won' burn the pie... I'll stay right here 'n keep a close watch on it fer ya... 'Sides... I showered 'fore I started in on makin' it..."




a little later...




"Jeez, Hank..."


"Jus' figured I'd save ya a trip back downstairs 'n bring this here pie up ta ya..."


"Ya seem ta have misplaced yer clothes on the way..."


"By golly, I think yer righ'... Ya wan' me ta go 'n find 'em...?"


"Nope. But I sure hope ya got tha' pie restin' on a hotpad..."


"I migh' be a dumbass, but I ain't stupid."


"Ya got me a migh' confused now..."


"How so...?"


"All of the sudden I ain't sure if'n I wanna go fer tha' pie first or go fer you first..."


"'S entirely up ta you."


"Guess I'll jus' try alternatin'... at first... then maybe I'll try 'n figure out somethin' more interestin'..."


"Sounds like a plan."


"Damn."


"Wha'...?"


"Sure woulda liked a picture a this too... "


"Be glad ta do one a them re-enactments fer ya once we get a new camera."


"Gonna hold ya to it."


"Well, what're ya waitin' fer...?"


"Lemme just hang this here towel up."


"C'mon, Ed... go a l'il wild... Jus' drop that ol' towel on the floor."


"No way. 'S hardwood... Could leave a mark."


"I ain't touchin' that one... Too easy..."


"Well ya'd better touch this one."


"Bring it over here, dumbass, 'n maybe I will."


"You got forks?"


"Figures you'd go fer the pie first..."


"Like I said... Need m' energy... Hey... Aintcha gonna turn no music on...?"


"Thought I'd give ya a break... Kick off this here second honeymoon without it."


"I dunno... It jus' won' be the same withou' you singin' 'n carryin' on. C'mon, Hank... Put some music on 'n sing ta me..."


"Gotta warn ya... 'S bound ta be sappy."


"Figure after tha' song last nigh' I can take anythin'... So's do yer sappiest."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4QzLxqi53U


"Darlin' yooou send me... I know yooou send me... Darlin' yooou send me... Honest you do, honest you do, honest you do, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh... Yooou thrill me... I know you, you, you thrill me... Darlin' you, you, you, you thrill me... Honest you do..."



"So's I still send ya, huh...?"


"Yep. 'N thrill me... Ya still thrill me too. Least-wise ya did yesterday..."


"'N yer absolutely sure it ain't just infatuation...?"


"Purty sure anyways..."


"Good 'nough fer me. I'll take what I can get."


"Yer welcome ta help yer self ta whatever ya want."


"Don' mind if'n I do... Jeez, Hank... Are all the songs you put on from now on gonna talk 'bout gettin' hitched...?"


"'S justa coincidence, dumbass... I fergot tha' part was in there even... So's... It ain't even been twenty-four hours 'n it ain't even legal but I guess them ties are startin' ta chafe already, huh, Ed...?"


"No more so 'n usual..."


"Think I wan' m' ring back..."


"Well ya ain't gettin' it back. I jus' meant... I dunno... Ya know I like the ring. Like it a whole lot. But I don' need it ta feel hitched to ya... Don' need it ta know ya love me... ta know yer gonna stay with me... Hell... ring's no guarantee a tha'... Ain't no guarantee a nothin'... even if'n ya got the legal papers ta go 'long with it."


"Don' think it's s'posed ta be a guarantee... Guess a lotta folks migh' wanna look at it that way though... S'posed ta be one a them symbols or tokens or somethin' like tha'..."


"Ya didn' let me finish... I don' need it ta know ya love me... But 's like watcha jus' said... I like seein' it on yer finger 'n knowin' tha's what it does mean. 'N... I dunno... 'S kinda like claimin' somethin' tha' should be ours even though a whole lotta folks think it shouldn't be.  Hell... I don' think 'm makin' no kinda sense here..."


"Don' know if'n ya are or not... but I know whatcha mean..."


"Now that surely didn' make no sense."


"I think it made perfect sense. And stop callin' me Shirley."


"You got any new jokes...?"


"C'mon, Ed... stop talkin' 'n start sendin' me."


"'N jus where would ya like ta go, Shirley...?"


"Wherever yer goin' 'm goin' yer way..."


"Think tha's a diff'rent song altogether."


"Whatever... C'mere, Ed..."



Later...



"Jeez... Tha' was somethin', Ed..."


"Yeah... Damn... Tha' were a real good pie, Hank. Real good."


"Ain't 'xactly what I was referrin' to, dumbass..."


"Meant ta say... Yeah... And tha' were a real good pie too... Ya jus' sent me so far tha' ya addled m' poor ol' brain... 'n I left out a couple a words..."


"Nice save, Ed. And 'm glad ya liked it. The pie, I mean. Still weren't as good as Betty's mom's... or my ma's... but it was purty good fer a first try..."


"Ain't nothin' better 'n yer ma's pie was. But it was real tasty..."


"Thanks, Ed."


"'N it was better than the bakery in town 'n even a l'il better than them one's Myrna makes fer the diner. But dontcha go tellin' her I said so..."


"It'll be our secret."


"Hey, Hank...?"


"Yeah, Ed...?"


"Don' know if'n I ever said 'Happy New Year' to ya..."


"Don' think ya did."


"Well... Happy New Year, Hank."


"Happy New Year, Ed."


"So's... When d'ya wanna start in on tha' cheese...?"


"Ya wan' some cheese...?"


"I could eat some cheese..."


"Then we'll go get some cheese."


"Ya got crackers too?"


"'Course I got crackers... Some a them fancy ones even..."


"Them ones tha' don' taste like nothin'?"


"Yep. Those would be the ones."


"'N maybe we could open tha' Port ya bought..."


"Maybe we could..."


"Think 'm gonna enjoy this here second honeymoon."


"Me too, Ed."


"Just hope it lasts as long as the first."


"Hell... I hope it lasts even longer."


"Ain't never 'nough fer ya... Is it?"


"Nope. Not when it comes ta you, Ed."


"Glad ta hear it, Hank."


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From: ellenlj
2008-01-09 06:58 pm (UTC)

cornucopia of favorite things

love and laughter and pie, and Ed's new willingness to fight homophobia, and Hank threatening to run off with Bill, and terrible jokes, Shirley, and not needing to say anything

happy sigh - thank you!

Ellen
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-11 11:50 pm (UTC)

Re: cornucopia of favorite things


So glad you liked it... terrible jokes and all. :D

Thanks,

Shirley
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[User Picture]From: torry28
2008-01-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
I can't think of a better way to start the New Year.
A visit with Ed and Hank, giving each other the rings knowing it is only a symbol for the eye, in their hearts there is no such symbol needed, their love for each other has encircled their souls much stronger than any ring could.
I had to chuckle as always but still tears came to my eyes because I don't know of anyone loving each other as much as Ed and Hank do and it is the most beautiful Story to read.
Thank you the Creator of so much magic.
Happy New Year
Torry
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[User Picture]From: ifyoucantfixit2
2008-01-09 08:41 pm (UTC)

This story always makes me smile. it is like a beautiful card. It warms the heart..I just love the sweet
bickering they do..How they love each other, and how they show it. You always send up to a beautiful piece of music too. I love love love Sam Cooke...I snagged a few of his songs off the youtube page when you sent us to that to listen to the song...Thank you for s new years start to
this so favored story... janice
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
Happy to hear that it made you smile! Sometimes I think they enjoy bickering way too much. Hank loves Sam Cooke too... especially that particular song. And I think Ed does too now. (Although I know he didn’t care much for the Billy Bland song...)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-11 11:52 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it! And you put it so much more poetically than Hank or Ed ever could... "Their love for each other has encircled their souls much stronger than any ring could." (I do believe you made Ed blush.)

Happy New Year to you too!
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[User Picture]From: eandj
2008-01-09 09:08 pm (UTC)
I really love them
thank you
Paula
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 12:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's so sweet of you to say.
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-01-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
I got a big ole smile on my face :D I love how Hank and Ed are being so domestic. Hank baking a pie from Martha Stewart. Apple right? I love apple pie

Tell Ed and Hank I love cheese too. I'd love to come on over and visit sometime, if they don't mind. I love baking I can bake them something. I also want to see their rings. That was so romantic of Hank to get them. And I am glad he found a jeweler who was not homophobic.

And they don't need to engrave those rings, they already know what is in their hearts

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 01:21 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that Ed and Hank put a big ole smile on your face! Yep. Definitely apple pie. It's Ed's favorite.

You're welcome to come and visit anytime. And you don't even have to bake anything. How 'bout if Hank bakes you something?

Hank was glad he found a non-homophobic jeweler too... He got a little worried after the first one he went to, but then all went well.
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2008-01-09 10:07 pm (UTC)
I love these boys so much! :) Shirts, rings, pie... yup, I'd say they have the main bases covered. Oh yeah, and a new camera! ;) I'd say this new year is going to be very promising indeed. Thank you so much for sharing this.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 01:36 am (UTC)
Shirts, rings, pie... They did have a busy New Year's eve and day, didn't they? Glad you liked it!

Hank is definitely dying to get a new camera. (He still hasn't. Truth is he kind of enjoys bitchin' about it being broken.)
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2008-01-10 04:04 am (UTC)
'Blue, ours!

Happy New Shirt day to you and yours! Loved the chairs and the pie, and the rings, and the second honeymoon, and i could go on and on as you know...!

However, I must share with you as you share with me. Since you got this stuck in my head, it's only fair to reciprocate.

Enjoy the song, with lots of love, Dumbass. ;D



:laughing and giggling:

J/L/D
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 01:41 am (UTC)
LOL! Love the video! Of course now it's stuck in my head. Aargh! I'm going to go sing it for Ed so it's stuck in his head too. (Or maybe it will give him some ideas... :D)

Happy to hear that you enjoyed all their celebratin' 'n whatnot!

Happy New Shirt Day to you and yours too!
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[User Picture]From: argentine65
2008-01-10 12:03 pm (UTC)

Ed and Hank

I love your boys but sure I love even more when Ed open his mouth and talk from the heart and I am sure they will "enjoy this here second honeymoon." Thank you so much. Martha.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 01:50 am (UTC)

Re: Ed and Hank

Hank sure does love it when Ed opens his mouth and talks from the heart too. (And sometimes it might seems like Hank interrupts Ed, or cuts him off, but Hank knows Ed can only talk serious-like for so long before he gets all embarrassed.) So glad you liked it. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2008-01-11 04:51 am (UTC)

LOVE YOU GUYS

Yes, I have my partner and we are happy 90 percent of the time. LOL, when I started reading about the pie and being naked I remembered the scene from that movie american pie where the boy thought putting his willy in an apple pie was like having sex I started laughing so hard thinking of Martha and her apple pie and a big old you know what going in for a dive and sample. I'm glad the lights worked out also. I have to say my one favorite chocolate place in Glenn Falls New York did not make any chocolate this year but See's was still good. I read this to Pat and he gripped because I have not made him a pie in ages due to the fact I keep trying to get both of us to lose weight we are not obese but we could both afford to lose a few pounds some say it is being happy together but heck I would not mind losing 20 pounds. Happy New Year for sure 2008 should be fun with all the election things and the hope for a brighter future but you have to admit that the last 25 years we have seen some progress in our lives and well this Brokeback stuff keeps me in a positive mood to know that well maybe we can make a difference in small ways. I know that this year I'm taking Pat out for Valentines day and just us as a couple and I'll be dammed if anyone cares or stares or says anything. We usually go out with two lesbian friends but this year I said I'm tired of that I want to be seen with the person I'm with, heck we go out to eat 3 or 4 times a week normally and don't think much of it but that big scarry night of valentines day I want to make the break. I love the rings also and no need for engravings we all know they are the ever ending circle of love and lives never ending with joy and happiness. Keep practicing with that pie recipe I know that a cold dough and hot oven help the crust, also making sure it is chilled and the right moisture content help it is all practice and more practice you do know that if you take the scraps of pie cust and put sugar and cinnamon and bake on a cookie sheet it taste great. Ok here I go rambling on Happy new year and thank you for being you! Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-01-12 03:50 am (UTC)

Re: LOVE YOU GUYS

Happy New Year to you too, Joe, and thanks right backatcha for being you! I always appreciate your optimism. (And, if you ask me, being happy 90% of the time is pretty damn amazing.) Hooray for you for planning on going out for Valentine's Day with just you and Pat. (Hank has yet to convince Ed to go out to dinner on that particular night of the year.) I know you'll have a wonderful time. Thanks again for the suggestions. Hank loved lighting up those chairs (next time he's going to light up the back of the truck if they're sleeping there and not in their tent. He knows Ed wouldn't like him lighting up the tent). He also enjoyed making the pie - Hank does need to practice more and he certainly will... Although since Hank's cholesterol is a little high he let's Ed do the lion's share of the pie eating, especially now that he knows exactly what ingredients go into a piecrust(!). (Btw, Ed's cholesterol is just dandy.) Hank does remember his mom baking up the scraps from her pie-making with cinnamon and sugar when he was a kid. He'll definitely try that next time too.
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