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[Feb. 1st, 2010|09:25 am]
Ed and Hank

Forever in blue jeans...

After that real sad anniversary just over a week ago, Hank hopes he and Ed might make you smile.

Note: Timeline-wise, this took place early last summer. 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:

Forever in blue jeans...

"Why the hell are ya pullin' over here, Hank...?"

"Ta take a picture of tha' sign... Tha's my kinda slogan... 'Room fer the big deep bend'..."

"It's a wonder we ever get anywheres we're goin' with you stoppin' all the time."

"Yer in a real hurry ta get somewheres, huh...?"


"'N where 'xactly migh' tha' be...?"

"Nowheres in particular."

"Well don't worry... we'll be headin' there directly."

"Good. 'N since you stopped I get ta drive now. C'mon, Hank... get tha' fine ass a yers outta the driver's seat..."

"Fair 'nough. So's... what're the chances a me gettin' you inta some a them overalls, Ed...?"

"No chance in hell... Farmers wear overalls. Ranchers wear jeans."

"You got somethin' against farmers...?"

"Nope. I got somethin' against overalls."

"Too bad. I'd sure like ta see ya do a few a them big, deep bends in 'em..."

"I jus' bet you would."

"'N the way they unhitch... tha'd be real handy... undo just one a them shoulder straps 'n they can be down around yer ankles in no time flat... Hell... that's what I'd be advertisin'... 'Fully dressed ta bare-assed 'n three seconds flat."

"I can get my jeans off plenty fast when I got a mind to."

"True 'nough... But... I bet ya cain't do it in under five seconds..."

"I can do it in three... So's long as I get ta start with my boots off..."

"How 'bout we go find ourselves a nice, secluded campsite 'n I can time ya...?"

"It's a bet."

"But... it's too damn hot down here... So's how 'bout we head up top there fer a few days... it'd be a whole lot cooler... 'N it looks like it might even rain a l'il... tha'd sure as hell be nice fer a change..."

"Well... I guess tha' looks close 'nough ta 'nowheres in particular' ta me... But..."


"We don't got a real good map a them roads up there with us..."

"'S okay... there's a ranger station up thataway... if'n it's open we can stop 'n get a map there..."

"'N if'n they ain't open...?"

"We'll jus' leave a trail a breadcrumbs behind us or somethin'."

"Yeah. That'll work real well."

"Now... how 'bout some music on the way...?"

"Okay.... So's long as it's country..."

"If I cain't find what I'm lookin' fer I'll put some country music on... I thought I saw it in with Betty's cds..."

"We still gotta get them cds back ta Betty..."

"Yeah... But she won't mind us listenin' to 'em so's long as we got 'em..."

"Maybe she would."

"Nice try... But ya know damn well she won't... Here it is... Damn... the song I want ain't on this Neil Diamond cd a hers... I was gonna play 'Forever in Blue Jeans'... Seein' as it seemed ta fit the occasion 'n all... 'If'n ya pardon me, I'd like to say, we do okay, forever in blue jeans'..."

"Or outta our blue jeans... we do purty good out of 'em too..."

"We sure do."

"'N like I said... I can get out of 'em in three seconds flat."

"We'll just see about tha'."

"So's... since ya cain't find whatcher lookin' fer... country music it is... How 'bout some Johnny Cash...?"

"Not so fast... How 'bout this one instead...?"

"Hold on... you just said ya'd put on country music if'n ya didn't find whatcha were lookin' fer..."

"Well it turns out I was lookin' fer this one 'n didn't even know it... Here..."



"'Where it began... I can't begin ta know it... but then I know it's growin' strong... Was in the spring... And spring became a summer... Who'd a believed ya'd come along...?' Not me that's fer damn sure... Hold on ta yer hat now..."

"I ain't wearin' my hat... 'N if'n I was I doubt hangin' on to it would help much anyways."

"'Haaands... Touchin' haaands... Reachin' out...Touchin' meeee... Touchin' yooooooooou.... Sweeeet Ed-of-mine... da da da... good times never seemed so gooood'..."



"Sigh... Could ya sing a l'il quieter least-wise...?"

"I gotta fer this part comin' up... 'Look at the night... And it don't seem so lonely... We fill it up with only two... And when I hurt... hurtin' runs off my shoulders... How can I hurt when holdin' you...?'"

"Ya wanna talk about hurt...? Talk ta my poor ol' eardrums."

"Hold onta yer hat again..."

"Still ain't wearin' one, dumbass."

"...Waaaarm... Touchin' waaaarm... Reachin' oouut... Touchin' meeeeeee.... Touchin' yooooooou.... Sweet Ed-of-mine... da da da... Good times never seemed so goood..."


A while later...

"'Looks like it's gonna rain a l'il', huh...? 'S a regular downpour... we'll be lucky if'n it don't start washin' out some a them roads..."

"It'll clear up... lookit all tha' blue sky off the way we're headed..."

"I would... but I cain't see out the damn window."

And a while after that...

"Pull in here, Ed... Looks like they're open... 'n I bet they got a map..."

"'N if'n I'm lucky they'll sell earplugs 'n umbrellas too..."

"Don't count on it."

"I ain't."

"Hey, Ed... lookit tha' sign..."

"Wha' sign...?"

"Tha' one there... So's... How long d'ya think it took Wayne ta find his Wanette...?"

"Damned if I know."

"I bet he searched the world over... 'n then some..."

"Lucky fer me I just had ta go up a mountain 'n tend some dumbass sheep ta find you..."

"Yeah. Lucky fer me too."

"'Course... I weren't 'xactly lookin' fer ya... Hell... back then... if'n someone had told me by goin' up tha' mountain I was gonna fall heels over head fer another fella... I woulda high-tailed it in the other di-rection."

"Yeah...? Well I weren't 'xactly lookin'  fer you neither..."

"Ya weren't, huh...?"

"Nope. Sure... I mighta been hopin' fer some... uh... di-version... ta make tha' summer on tha' mountain pass a l'il more pleasant-like... But no way did I go up there lookin' ta fall heels over head either..."

"I guess that's how it works sometimes... It ambushes ya but good when ya ain't even lookin' fer it..."

"It sure as hell did."

"Yep. It sure as hell did."

And a little while later...

"Told ya so... It cleared up righ' good..."

"It sure did... 'N I gotta admit... it is purty nice up here... real cool too..."

"So's... How 'bout we find a secluded spot near this here crick..."

"I dunno... sites by cricks are real popular... I wouldn' want someone drivin' up later 'n campin' anywheres near us..."

"Don't worry 'bout it, Ed... We ain't seen no one since we turned off the main road...'n tha' was a long while back... 'n it's mid-week 'n still real early in the season... so's there's hardly no one up here 'n plenty a room ta spread out... 'N we can find a spot where we can set up camp back in them trees while leavin' the truck visible from this here road... tha' way anyone passin' by will know we're here... 'n there'll be no way no one will end up right on top a us..."

"Well I sure hope not... 'Cause I plan on endin' up on top a you."

"'N don't think I ain't lookin' forward to it."

"C'mon, dumbass... Let's find us a spot 'n get camp set up 'fore it gets dark..."

And a while after that...

"There... So's... How long did it take me...?"

"Damned if I know."

"Dammit, Hank... you were s'posed ta be timin' it..."

"You cain't seriously expect me ta be lookin' at my watch when I got you strippin' down in front a me out here in the great outadoors..."

"Then I win by default."

"Fine with me. Wha'd we bet...?"

"Uh... I guess we didn't bet nothin'..."

"Well... in honor a you winnin'... 'n ta borrow another turn a phrase from Mr. Neil Diamond... how 'bout I make ya sing like a guitar strummin'...?"

"Enough with the singin' already..."

"Well then how 'bout I make ya howl at tha' big ol' moon..."

"Now yer talkin'."

"C'mere, dumbass..."



[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2010-02-01 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well, who knew that Hank was a 'Diamondhead'?

*hugs* Been missin' you guys somethin' fierce.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:28 am (UTC)
Ooops... That was from me. I use that name to post pictures because I ran out of room for pictures here. I deleted that comment, but here it is again:

Hank has to confess it's Betty who's the 'Diamondhead'. Although Hank may consider becoming a Diamondhead himself after the real fine shade of red Ed turned while Hank was singing that song to him.

**hugs** to you all too!!
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2010-02-01 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to see these two again. Camping is always something to look forward to. ;)

(The directions sound just like the ones I give to people -- my family no longer asks me for them, lol!)

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:23 am (UTC)
Ooops... That was from me. I use that name to post pictures because I ran out of room for pictures here. I deleted that comment, but here it is again:

Yeah, Ed and Hank always look forward to camping. This was early last summer so it's been awhile since they've been able to get away for more than a couple of days at a time, but Hank's hoping to go again sooner rather than later.

Glad to hear someone else has the same sense of direction. :=D

**hugs** to you too!
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[User Picture]From: argentine65
2010-02-01 06:16 pm (UTC)

Ed and Hank

I just love this boys and you. Glad they made me forgot this time of the year. Thank you so much. Martha
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:27 am (UTC)

Re: Ed and Hank

Sorry... I'm completely messing up with the comments tonight. The first one I deleted 'cause that's the name I use to post pictures because I ran out of room for pictures here. The second one was a response to someone else that I put in the wrong place. (Duh.) I think I'd better go take a nap now...

Thanks! And yeah, it's good to remember, but it's good to forget sometimes too.
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From: mazaher
2010-02-01 07:22 pm (UTC)

Off road

So *that*'s what they'd been up to... Gorgeous places. A downpour. First-rate bickering. And happiness enough to sing it out. It's making me happy too, despite outside snow and inside cold =)
They never miss as far as I'm concerned.
I should have come and checked here earlier today!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:35 am (UTC)

Re: Off road

Thanks! Glad it made you happy too, although I sure hope it's warmed up by you. It's pretty cold and snowy here too, (that camping trip was from early last summer), but Hank's hoping the weather warms up a little so they can take off again for a few days real soon.
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2010-02-01 08:24 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see these two on another road trip. They sure get around don't they?

I bet Ed won that contest. He knows how to get to business in no time flat!


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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:40 am (UTC)
It looks like they get around a lot, but that was from early last summer and just a couple hours from home, so Hank hopes to get around to getting around more soon. (If he can talk Ed into it.) And yeah, Hank thinks Ed won that contest too. :=D
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[User Picture]From: graciesdaddy
2010-02-01 11:32 pm (UTC)

These "boys" are just SO sweet!!

I just love what they tell you!!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:49 am (UTC)

Re: These "boys" are just SO sweet!!

I will enjoy telling Ed that you think he's sweet 'cause it will make him turn a real fine shade of red.
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[User Picture]From: bronctastic
2010-02-02 03:45 am (UTC)

Way to go Neil! :)

Love him almost as much as I love yer boys! :)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:55 am (UTC)

Re: Way to go Neil! :)

Glad you enjoyed Neil! (And Ed and Hank too!)
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[User Picture]From: eandj
2010-02-02 06:37 am (UTC)
thank you
I'm sitting here laughing first thing in the morning
sweet Ed-of-mine LOL
I'm happy that they're happy
missed them
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 04:58 am (UTC)
So glad they made you laugh! And they're happy that you're happy that they're happy. (And they'll keep doing their damndest to remain so.)
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From: bentgyro
2010-02-02 07:01 am (UTC)
Great to see the boys again. Two weeks ago I went to a Neil Diamond impersonator - he sang the song that Hank sang and "forever in blue jeans". Was good. This was a very cheerful chapter, I smiled all the way through.
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 05:02 am (UTC)
That concert must have been a lot of fun! And thanks, Ed and Hank are happy to hear that they made you smile!
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[User Picture]From: hampshirerose
2010-02-02 02:18 pm (UTC)
They always make me smile....
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 05:03 am (UTC)
So glad to hear that they make you smile!
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From: katecaton
2010-02-02 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us up to date with Ed and Hank - hope they had a good time camping :)
Love Kate
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-04 05:06 am (UTC)
They had a fine time camping. (Although that was early last summer, so Hank is hoping to talk Ed into going again real soon...)
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2010-02-04 05:34 am (UTC)

Thanks for the fun

Needed that fun interlude in life, Dam if I know but these two months are the most depressing to me. So hearing about the jeans contest singing and having a good ole time up in those mountains put a smile on my face. Thanks! Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2010-02-10 11:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks for the fun

Yeah, these months can be hard on a lot of people. But... I'm sure glad Ed and Hank managed to put on a smile on your face.
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