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[Nov. 5th, 2008|09:21 am]
Ed and Hank

"L’il darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter…”

Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G $$: Nope. Comments: Always appreciated.

Everything else is here:

"L'il darlin', it's been a long, cold, lonely winter..."

“Are you okay, Hank…?”

“Yeah… I’m okay… Better than okay as a matter a fact…”

“You don’t look okay.”

“I think it's jus' fin'lly sinkin' in...… Obama ‘n Biden won… They actually won… I been tryin’ so hard not ta get my hopes up ‘cause I jus’ couldn’ take ‘em bein’ dashed again… especially this time… but Obama did it… ‘N folks across this here country did it… they did the right thing… They really did the right thing…”

“They sure did... Hey… are you cryin’…?”

“No... Yeah... I was anyways… Outta sheer relief I think… ‘N because fer the first time in one helluva long time I got some real hope fer some real change…”

“Yeah. I know how ya feel.”

“Feels good… Don’t it…?”

“It sure does… But… I gotta tell ya, Hank…fer a while there I didn’ think you were gonna make it… The way you been these past two months… Hell… There was times I thought I was gonna hafta lock you in the cellar… fer yer own good, mind ya….”

“Cain’t say as I woulda blamed ya...”

“Ya know I woulda made it as comfortable as possible fer ya down there… ‘n I woulda cooked ya hot meals ‘n all… I jus’ wouldna let ya have no computer or TV or radio or nothin’...”

“’N would ya have come down fer conjugal visits…?”

“You betcha.”

Jeez… Please don’t say tha’ no more…”

“Sorry, Hank… But least-wise you don’t gotta worry about Palin again fer a few years…”

“’N hopefully not even then… Hell… I thought I was losin’ my mind… Ev’ry time I saw her or heard her I’d get a picture in my head of tha’ Martin Sheen character in tha’ movie ‘The Dead Zone’… Remember…? He’s s’posedly a regular kinda guy runnin’ fer president, but in reality he’s a religious nut-job who’s gonna un-loose the nukes in order ta kick-start Armageddon… ‘The missiles are flyin’. Hallelujah, hallelujah!’…”

“Well… Miss Wasilla will definitely be flyin’…but it’ll be back ta Alaska...”

“Hallelujah, hallelujah!”

“Startin’ ta praise God in yer old age, huh…?”

“Them were completely secular, non-religious hallelujahs of pure, unadulterated joy… But… ya know who I would like ta praise...?”

“Nope. But I bet yer gonna tell me…”

“I’d like ta praise all them folks in this country who got out ta vote… some of ‘em standin’ in line fer hours ‘n hours ‘n not lettin’ it deter ‘em... ‘n all them folks who saw through the hate… ‘n all them folks who were workin’ ‘n volunteerin’ fer Obama… ‘n all them folks who kept givin’ money to him ‘til it hurt… ‘N Obama his self… fer bringin’ so many folks ta gether… ‘n fer takin’ the high road…”

“Somethin’ you ain’t real good at yer self.”

“They started it.”

“’N I doubt they’re ever gonna stop it.”

“Prob’bly not... But... I’d still wanna thank all them well-known republicans who spoke out in support of Obama… ‘n any republicans tha’ voted fer him… ‘cause they saw tha’ this wasn’t just about partisan politics… it was about startin’ ta reclaim our country from those folks who’ve steered it so far off course fer so long… ‘n about keepin’ it from them folks who woulda kept on headin’ in tha’ direction…”

“You gettin’ close ta done or should I maybe start hummin’ ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ ta go along with yer speech…”

“Don't worry, I’m done... But... I just wish Obama’s grandma coulda held on fer a few more days… so’s she coulda seen him win like this…”

“Yeah… Me too, Hank… ‘N Studs Terkel too… Iris said he was tryin’ real hard ta make it ta the election… ‘cause he wanted so bad ta see Obama win…”

"Yeah... He sure woulda enjoyed watchin' tha' big ol' party in Grant Park... Them were sure a whole heap a happy folks...

"Yeah... Tha' was somethin'... 'N havin' Iris call us from there... Hell... I couldn' hardly hear a word she said... But it was somethin' all righ'..."

"It sure was. Wish we woulda got a glimpse of her 'n her friends on TV."

"Yeah, me too."

“'N I wish we knew if'n tha' Proposition 8 thing in California got voted down... Alls I keep hearin' is that it's too close ta call... No surprise considerin' all the money Mormons from our state were throwin’ at it in order ta get it passed 'n ban gay marriage… I thought it was ten million dollars... but it turns out it was twenty million... Hell… ya’d think they were gonna be forced ta marry gay folks ta each other in their churches..."


“’N now we jus’ gotta hope Dubya ‘n all them don’t do somethin’ else real stupid before Obama takes office… Ya know they’re still tryin' ta do a whole lotta damage… workin' ta ease up on controllin' pollution from coal-powered plants, oil refineries, chemical plants... Hell... they're gonna..."



“Wouldya just shut the hell up fer a l’il while about all tha’ negative stuff… ‘n go back ta enjoyin’ the damn moment…”

“I think maybe I can manage that.”


“Hey, Ed…?”

“Yeah, Hank…?”

“Can I have this dance…?”

“Wha’ dance…?”

This one…”


“Here comes the sun, huh…?”

“Yep. ‘N I say it’s alrigh’… So’s… ya wanna dance…?”

“Yeah… I’ll dance with ya, dumbass… C’mere… I wanna see if’n I can remember how ta spin ya…like I used ta spin Iris…”

“Okay… But I get ta spin you next… ‘N then I’m gonna dip ya…”

“Hell… You’ll prob’bly just end up flingin’ me across the room ‘n breakin’ my leg… Or droppin’ me when ya try ‘n dip me ‘n crackin’ my skull wide open…”

“C’mon, Ed... Why dontcha jus’ shut the hell up fer a minute ‘n try ‘n enjoy the moment…”

“I think maybe I can manage tha’…”



Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

L’il darlin’ it's been a long cold lonely winter.
L’il darlin’ it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right

L’il darlin’, the smiles returning to the faces
L’il darlin’, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes... Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes... Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

L’il darlin’, I feel that ice is slowly melting
L’il darlin’, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right

It's all right



[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-05 04:27 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2008-11-05 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so glad that at least a few things worked out yesterday -- if only Prop 8 had had a different outcome... :(
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Hank hadn't heard the results of Prop 8 when this conversation took place, or before he posted it either, but that was SO disappointing.

There's already been lawsuits filed directly with the California Supreme Court hoping to block enforcement of Prop 8 and have it struck down "as a violation of fundamental rights in the California Constitution". So maybe there's some hope yet because even a majority of voters should not be able to deny civil rights to a minority.

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[User Picture]From: torry28
2008-11-05 05:02 pm (UTC)
It's been a while .
I'm sorry, but I'm back, and I'm happy with Hank and Ed,sorry some things didn't happen.Would have been sweet to watch Hank and Ed dance. The picture of the statue of Liberty was breathtaking, just hope most people in the world honor her words.
Thank you for the visit, no matter what the occasion.It is always a happy day for me when I read about them.
Thank you blue and you have a great rest of the week and weekend.Are Ed and Hank going to have Thanksgiving at home or with Iris in the windy city?
Thank you again for everything.
Hugs to all
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 07:58 pm (UTC)
No apologies ever necessary. Hank's still trying to have hope about Prop 8 possibly being overturned by the California Supreme Court. (At least three lawsuits have already been filed on the grounds that it's a violation of fundamental rights, which it is.)

Glad you enjoyed the visit. And Hank did manage not to break Ed's leg or crack his skull open while they were dancing. Ed and Hank haven't even talked about Thanksgiving yet, (Hank's been a little preoccupied), but, as much as they'd like to see Iris, his best guess is that they'll be staying home and Ed will try to talk Iris into coming here for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Hank sure would have liked to have been in Chicago these past few days... Iris said it's been pretty amazing.

And yeah, unfortunately, I think a lot of folks who like to wave the flag and flaunt their patriotism conveniently manage to forget some of the words on the statue.
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[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2008-11-05 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'll tell ya, I was with Hank, trying not to hope too hard.... see, I'm a die-hard CUBS fan, got lots of experience in seeing what looks like a sure thing take that left turn at Albequerque and head south REAL fast and sudden.....

Hugs Ed and Hank and 'Blue hard....you folks coming for Thanksgiving this year?
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 08:57 pm (UTC)

Our condolences on being a die-hard Cubs fan. Iris isn't into baseball so much, but she has friends who are also die-hard Cubs fans, so she's been witness (and sympathetic shoulder to cry on) to the heartbreak. (Maybe next year!)

Hank's been so preoccupied he hasn't thought about Thanksgiving at all, but he thinks Ed is probably going to vote for staying at home and trying to talk Iris into coming for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2008-11-06 09:09 pm (UTC)
Well, let me know if you do head east; looks like we'll have a houseful anyway, what's a few extra kin-folk? Be fun to introduce two of my sisters to uncles/cousin they never knew existed!!!! heh heh heh..... My parents are going South to spend Turkey Day with the Youngest, so we invited Older and Younger to come here.

(give us incentive to finish cleaning!!!)

Much love,

Mary (DancesWithCHows)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-07 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the invitation!! We'll definitely let you know if we find ourselves heading east on I-80 around Turkey Day (or any other time). Going south sounds good right about now too as it suddenly decided to turn to winter here. Brrrrr...

Give our regards to your sisters!!

P.S. When you're done cleaning there you're more than welcome to start here. (Bring a shovel.)
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[User Picture]From: jennydcf
2008-11-05 06:47 pm (UTC)


Thanksgiving came early this year. If only Prop. 8 had been defeated, too. Still, I'm going to enjoy a day when I can be proud of my country and proud of my fellow citizens who made this possible. It's about time the children of the civil rights movement truly used their right to vote. The popular vote gave a good, solid majority to Obama, too, and the Senate and House are in Democratic hands. Let's hope that means we can stop the downward spiral and send our country on the upward path again.

Ed must really be relieved this is done for now. Hank sounds like a lot of people I know, and it's exhausting to live with them. And don't you boys forget that you have an equal right to live free of threats of abuse, to adopt children and to marry, with all the rights and protections of that status. Yes we can fight for you, and yes, we will prevail.

I'm baking pie, Ed...really good apple pie, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie. And I'm dancing with you...here comes the sun!:-)
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[User Picture]From: jennasts
2008-11-05 08:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Hallelujah!

Jenny said: And don't you boys forget that you have an equal right to live free of threats of abuse, to adopt children and to marry, with all the rights and protections of that status. Yes we can fight for you, and yes, we will prevail.>>

**Oh, boy, I just had to agree with this paragraph whole-heartedly! You go, Jenny! I am discouraged over Prop 8 but far, far, far from being willing to give up. I never, ever will, and I hope that nobody else will either. It's a long road we're on, but there's true equality and respect at the end of it. I've got to believe that or there isn't much use in going on.

Oh, P.S., always love it when Ed and Hank stop by for a while. I sure hope Hank really can enjoy this incredible day!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 11:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Hallelujah!

Yeah, we so want to live in a place where everyone has equal rights. Living here (rural/small town Utah) gets very discouraging as even the few folks Hank knew who put out Obama signs would almost immediately have them stolen. Betty's mom finally just put one inside her house in her window and then her house was egged the night Obama won. For all the lip service they give it, the folks here don't seem to believe in the basics of Democracy, like freedom of speech and equal rights for all.

We wholeheartedly agree with what you said: "It's a long road we're on, but there's true equality and respect at the end of it. I've got to believe that or there isn't much use in going on." We've got to believe it too. And, we have to believe that eventually, even here in Utah, gays (and maybe even Democrats too) are going to have the same civil rights as everyone else does.

(And yes, Hank did enjoy the day! And still is.)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 09:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Hallelujah!

MMMMM... Pie!

In Hank's defense he would like to say that it's far more exhausting actually being like this than just having to live with someone like this. At least Ed can go out to the barn, take a walk with the dogs, etc and get away from Hank whenever he needs to, but Hank has very few avenues of escape from himself. (And when Ed really wants to shut Hank up he knows exactly how to do it. :D ) But yes, Ed is VERY relieved that it's over (for now).

And yeah, Hank and Ed and I really had high hopes for Prop 8 being defeated too. We're hoping the lawsuits filed with the California Supreme Court get it overturned, because we thinks it's ridiculous (and unconstitutional) that a majority of voters should be able to deny civil rights to a minority of the population.

Among many other things, (http://www.aclu.org/transition/), we're going to be fighting for and demanding that the Democrats in power undo the federal "Marriage Defense Act" of 1996. (It's actually in that ACLU list of Actions for Restoring America.)

But for the moment, let's dance!!! (And eat some pie afterward!)
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[User Picture]From: ifyoucantfixit2
2008-11-06 04:28 am (UTC)

I so appreciated this chapter. You stated the way we
all felt about the election. The aftermath and the whole thing was so so sublime. I can tell you I never thought to
live to see the day, that not only was a black man elected to be president, but not because he was black. Simply because he was the best person for the job...That is a new day for us in
this country. I feel like we are going into the light. We
have been in the darkness for so long in this last few years.
God bless us everyone, and the new President, in the job he has to do. Thank you so much. janice
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 11:28 pm (UTC)
Glad Ed and Hank expressed how you felt about the election too! You said it all so well and "sublime" is the perfect word for what we all witnessed. It sure is a new day for us in this country and, even with the economy, etc, as bad as it is, for the first time in a real long time we all feel like we are going from darkness into the light as well.
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[User Picture]From: bbmgirlfan
2008-11-06 04:48 am (UTC)
What a fine time to revisit Ed and Hank!!

Here comes the sun, indeed.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-06 11:37 pm (UTC)
And Ed and Hank and I say "it's alright"!

Glad you stopped in for a visit!

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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2008-11-06 09:51 pm (UTC)

Yes the Sun is out

I'm very happy with the election. I was very disappointed in California but it shows us we have more work to do to spread the knowledge that being a homosexual is not a bad thing. I know that the latino's and african americans are still a little behind in accepting homosexuals so I think it hurt us that we got them all to vote but I'm also proud they did vote. Hell I did not think I would ever see an african american win presidency. I'm only 44 but in 1970 in my small town in central PA we did not have any African American's until a family moved into town the father was a doctor at the local hospital and we needed doctors in our small town but people were so cruel and against him and his family. They moved in right down the block from my house and people started shunning my father and mother because they welcomed them into the neighborhood and my father a school administrator was quite upset over how their children were being treated in school to the point that one late night a cross was burnt in our front yard and theirs. My mother took me and my sister to North Carolina to my grandmothers for 2 months she was so upset but we came back and well it all worked out in the end. Perry turned into one of my school friends all the way through High school and he and his wife are one of the only people from my high school class to stay in contact and visit me and my partner. I have no use for 98 percent of the people I went to school with they are so backwards. Luckily in PA we have Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie the three largest parts of the state in popluation that are deomocratic. The middle of the state was all red though when you look at the election results and that is where I grew up. My point is after seeing how I had to see people treat my friend and his parents I truly never thought the world would change enough to make them accept this. But 38 years later the world is different and for the better. Maybe, it will take 38 years more before we have a gay president but I'm not holding my breath. WE have to look at the positives we have claimed and in the past 26 years I have been really involved in following the gay movement. I have to say it is better for the most part even though we have work to do. It still makes me shake my head why anyone would condem a person for loving another human being. But, what can I say. I want to bask in the moment of victory and I want to try and look for all the positives in this election and pray for a quick recovery to everything bad in this world. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-07 01:35 am (UTC)

Re: Yes the Sun is out

Wow. That's so terrible that a cross was burnt in your yard and your neighbors. I don't blame your mother for sending you away for a couple of months. I'm sure glad it all worked out in the end. We were very disappointed in California too. It is ironic that in California the black folks who helped elect Obama voted 70% for prop 8 to 30% against, but like you I am still very glad that they were out voting and that Obama got elected. I did read that at the last minute the "yes on prop 8" folks were sending black voters information about Obama saying he believed marriage was "just between a man and a woman" while, of course, leaving out that Obama was in fact against proposition 8. I get awfully tired of all the semantics involved. Of course I'm not happy with Obama's choice of words, but at least he is strongly in favor of civil unions, does support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and was definitely against Proposition 8. Maybe enough people just didn't know that, or maybe it still wouldn't have made a difference. I don't know, but it all still makes us shake our heads in dismay too, although we're also with you in wanting to enjoy the victory we did get and look for the positives and hope for many more positives in the near future. (Like perhaps the California Supreme Court overturning Proposition 8 "as a violation of fundamental rights in the California Constitution". Which it so is!
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-11-06 11:07 pm (UTC)
aw what a nice way to celebrate!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-07 01:36 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. Ed and Hank sure did. (Especially the parts later that Hank didn't write about...)
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[User Picture]From: skj6
2008-11-07 04:25 am (UTC)
thank you for this post!!! In this past eight years, I cannot remember being so relieved and hopeful. It almost seemed like everyday was a challenge of stress and anxiety due to our political situation.

As a Californian, I am personally mortified about Prop. 8 but I have to tell you we worked long and hard, and I never believed this was possible! I guess you cannot let your guard down for even a second.

I love this series and do not comment often enough, but I do thank you!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-10 08:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you've been enjoying Ed and Hank! We're all still very relieved and hopeful here too. Hank still can't quite believe it's true. But it is. *HUGE sigh of relief*

But... we're also still very upset about Proposition 8. I know you and a whole lot of other people worked very hard to keep it from being passed. Hopefully, it will be overturned by the California Supreme Court because civil liberties for anyone should not be able to be taken away by a majority of the population. Hank wanted to drag Ed to the protest in Salt Lake City last Friday night, but they couldn't get away. He's hoping there might be something else this weekend 'cause they could get there then.
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2008-11-16 09:28 am (UTC)

Wht do you keep playing songs from my record collection?


Love you, Dumbass.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-11-18 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hey Laly,

LOL! Just lucky I guess.

Love you too, Dumbass

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