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[Apr. 9th, 2013|08:25 am]
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Ed and Hank


It's alrigh'...


Note: This here's a long one...

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.


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It's alrigh'...



"Hey, Ed... Where's Bill...?"


"He decided to pass on the coffee break this afternoon... I'll bring him some when I go back out..."


"How's he holdin' up...?"


"He's okay... I guess... He ain't really talkin' much..."


"Didya offer ta let him take some time off...?"


"'Course I did... But he said he'd rather we took off ta go campin' while he stays here ta look after the place..."


"Well... we ain't leavin' fer a few days... so's we should tell him if'n he changes his mind we ain't got no plans tha' cain't be changed."


"Already told him... But... Hell... I still cain't believe him 'n Betty split up..."


"Yeah. Me neither, Ed."


"D'ya think she's got another fella...?"


"Hell... I dunno... but I don't think so... 'N I'd like ta think if tha' were the case she woulda jus' come out 'n told Bill tha' was the reason..."


"Well... I saw ya talkin' to her this mornin' when she stopped by ta drop tha' stuff of Bill's off... Did she say anythin' else...?"


"She just said again tha' she was real sorry ta be bailin' out on Bill... 'n on us... with the ranch 'n all... 'N..."


"'Sorry' don't exactly help... We fin'lly had all them papers drawn up 'n signed... 'n she 'n Bill had the house they wanted ta build all planned out 'n they were ready ta start on it next month... 'n then she thinks she can just up 'n leave us all in the lurch like tha'...? Hell... maybe we should think about suin' her..."


"Suin' her...? You don't mean that, Ed... She's still our friend... 'N she said she'd pay us back fer them lawyer fees... so's we won't be out no money... 'N wouldya really want her ta follow through with all that after she decided it ain't what she wants ta do...?"


"I guess not... But why the hell are ya takin' her side anyways, Hank...?"


"I ain't takin' her side... I ain't takin' no side... 'N I sure as hell didn't want 'em ta split up neither... Hell... I was really lookin' forward ta Betty 'n Bill goin' in on the ranch with us too... A helluva lot more than you were even... 'N I'm not happy I'm not gonna see her near so's often no more..."


"Well her timin' sure is bad... Why the hell couldn't she decide all this before it got so's far as it did...?"


"Alls she said ta me was that's when it really hit her... after she signed them papers... 'n then it hit her like a ton a bricks... tha' she jus' didn't wanna be tied down ta no one... 'n nowheres... righ' now... 'n she jus' didn't think it was fair fer her ta keep Bill hangin' on when she don't know if'n she's ever gonna be ready fer it..."


"Well ain't tha' considerate of her... Maybe Bill should send her a thank-you note."


"Ya know, Ed..."


"I know. I know."


"Ya don't even know what I was gonna say..."


"Yeah. I do. Glass houses. Throwin' stones. Nora."


"'N what if you'd a stayed with her... with Nora... fer all the wrong reasons...?"


"'Course it was more like Nora was the one who decided ta leave me."


"Fine... What if she'd a stayed with you fer all the wrong reasons...? 'N you'd a never got up the nerve ta leave her...? Where would that have left us...?"


"Yeah... Well... Hell..."


"Guess tha' purty much sums it all up."


"Ya don't think Bill'll run off on us now, do ya... fer fear a runnin' inta Betty in town 'n whatnot...?


"I don't think so... Bill's tied ta this here land just about as tight as you are, Ed."


"Yeah... I guess he is."


"'N I say we should go ahead 'n figure out a way a still cuttin' him in on the ranch... We were talkin' about doin' it before Betty decided ta throw her hat... 'n her money... inta the ring... so's there ain't no reason not ta continue with it now..."


"Yeah... If'n he still wants to that is..."


"I'd wager he does... 'N there's no reason not ta build him a house neither... 'n the three of us startin' in on buildin' that house as soon as possible will keep Bill plenty busy 'n not give him time ta think on it too much..."


"I dunno, Hank... Startin' in on buildin' the house they was s'posed ta live in together...? Tha' don't sound like too good an idea..."


"Yeah... I guess it ain't... But...Bill's still gotta live somewheres... 'n he could build a diff'rent house than the one Betty 'n him were gonna..."


"Well... don't you go tryin' ta push him inta doin' somethin' he don't wanna do... 'n most likely cain't afford ta do by hisself neither... 'N let's not jump on him right away about the ranch 'n all..."


"But we should say somethin' before we leave ta go campin'... that'll give him some time here alone ta think about what he wants ta do..."


"Tha' makes sense.. But... lemme talk ta him by myself first, Hank."


"Fine with me."


"So's... d'ya think it's one a them mid-life crisis kinda things... Ya know... with Betty...?"


"Could be."


"Lucky fer me you never had one a them."


"I did. You jus' missed it, Ed..."


"How the hell would I a missed somethin' like tha'...?"


"It was about ten, fifteen years ago... 'N you were out workin' in the barn or somewheres... I ran amok fer a good while that afternoon... I'm s'prised Bill never told ya about it... seein' as I chased him around the house some when he came in fer some coffee... Ya shoulda been there... it were really somethin' ta see..."


"Dumbass."


"I'm just hopin' you never have one, Ed... You'd prob'bly empty our savin's 'n buy yerself a fancy truck... 'n..."


"Yep. I know just the one."


"...'n take off fer San Francisco..."


"Palm Springs. I like a drier climate, ya know."


"My mistake."


"'Course... I'd take ya with me..."


"Think it's jus' called 'movin'' then."


"Dumbass."






That night...






"You comin' up ta bed anytime soon, Ed...?"


"I'm comin' up righ' now..."


"You okay...?"


"I'm fine."


"No... 'uhs'... no 'buts'...? Yer really fine...?"


"Wha' the hell are you talkin' about...?"


"Betty leavin' Bill like she did... somethin' like tha' usually makes ya start thinkin' yer holdin' me here against my will... 'n tha' given half a chance I'd take off 'n leave ya..."


"I ain't thinkin' nothin' of the kind."


"Yer sure...?"


"Yeah. I'm sure. Dumbass."


"Too bad."


"Wha' the hell are you talkin' about...?"


"I had a song all picked out fer ya... ya know... ta reassure ya of my eternal love 'n fidelity..."


"I don't need no reassurin'."


"You absolutely sure...?"


"Yeah. I'm absolutely-positively-without-no-kinda-doubt-at-all sure. Now wouldya jus' drop it already...?"


"Well... I think I may be justa li'l bit insulted."


"Yer insulted 'cause I ain't worried about ya takin' off on me...?"


"I guess I jus' got used ta ya bein' all crazy jealous 'n irrational-like... So's you'll hafta give me time ta adjust ta the new 'n improved Ed."


"Who the hell said I weren't gonna be crazy jealous no more...?"


"Glad ta hear it."


"Dumbass"


"So's... d'ya mind if I play the song anyways...? I took a while pickin' it out... I had ta find jus' the righ' song... One that's gonna make ya call me a 'dumbass' fer playin' it 'cause it's real over-wrought 'n kinda funny... Enough so as ta avoid things gettin' too serious-like 'n makin' ya uncomfortable... while at the same time still expressin' my true feelin's fer ya... 'n makin' ya wanna jump on me..."


"Tha' must be one hellavu song."


"It sure is."


"I s'pose yer gonna play it no matter what I say...?"


"Yep."


"Then you go right ahead."


"Don't mind if I do... Ya migh' wanna brace yerself..."


"I always do."


"Here goes..."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL52hEArSfM


"I cain't hardly wait."


"'If ever I would leave yooou... it wouldn't be in summeeer... Seein' you in summer... I neveeer would goooooo... Yer hair streaked with sunliiight... yer lips red as flaaame... yer face with a lusteeer... tha' puts gold ta shaaame'..."


"Dumbass."


"'S workin' so far... 'But if I'd ever leave yooou... how could it be in autuuumn...? How I'd leave in autumn I neveeer would knooooooooow... I've seen how you sparkle... when faaall nips the aaaaaair... I know you in autuuumn... 'n I must be there'..."


"Okay... okay... I got the idea well 'nough..."


"'I'm sorry ta be the one ta tell ya... but we got two more seasons left..."


"Lucky fer me it don't go by months."


"'And could I leave you runnin' merrily through the snooow'...?"


"I do enjoy a good merry run through the snow."


"'Or on a wintry evenin' when you catch the fire's gloooooow'...?"


"'N I bet I do catch the fire's glow real good."


"You sure as hell do... 'If ever I would leave yooou... how could it be in springtiiime...? Knowin' how in spring I'm bewitched by yooou soooooooo... Oooooh, no, not in springtiiiime... summer... winter... or faaaaall... No never could I leave yoooooou... aaaaat aaaaaaallll'..."


"You about done...?"


"I'm about done with the singin'... But otherwise I'm jus' gettin' started..."


"Good. 'Cause I suddenly got the urge ta jump on you."


"See...? It worked like a charm..."


"C'mere, dumbass..."






The next day...






"So... wha'd Bill say, Ed...?"


"He's gonna think on it some... But it sounds like he still wants in on the ranch... if'n we can work it out somehow... 'N buildin' a house is purty much outta the question... but he mentioned maybe buyin' the single-wide he's been livin' in 'n movin' it here... He knows his brother would sell it to him real cheap 'cause his son wants ta build on the land it's on..."


"Hell... His brother should jus' give him tha' single-wide... fer all the help Bill gave him fer so long..."


"Diff'rent brother."


"Oh. Hey... I got an idea..."


"I'm afraid ta ask..."


"How 'bout we ask Bill if he'd wanna move inta this house...? 'N then..."


"Ya know I like Bill... love him like a brother even... but no way am I sharin' this house with anybody but you, Hank..."


"Ya didn't let me finish... Bill could move in here... if he were willin'... 'n we could build us a new house..."


"Ferget it, Hank. No way am I movin' outta our house."


"....nothin' too big... justa couple a bedrooms..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...it makes a lotta sense... 'n it'd end up savin' Bill money..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...'n it ain't like we'd be movin' off a the ranch..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...'n we could put them two bedrooms on opposite sides a the house... each with it's own bathroom..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...so's when Iris... or anyone else... come ta visit  they'd have their end a the house 'n we'd have ours..."


"I ain't movin, Hank'."


"...'n our bathroom... we could make it big enough so's we could have a big ol' tub in there..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...one a them real big 'n real deep ones so's you could soak yer sore muscles after a hard day's work..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"...'N it could have a shower with two shower heads too... A lot better'n wha' we got jerry rigged now..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Jus' promise me you'll give it some thought..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Yer as stubborn as a mule, Ed."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Ya know... We could even put a big ol' trapeze in the bedroom... 'N set it up as an S&M room... with whips... 'n chains... the whole works..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"'N we could charge admission fer folks ta come 'n watch us... Hell.. tha'd pay fer the cost a buildin' it in no time at all..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"You ain't even listenin' ta me... Are ya...? Ya just keep repeatin' 'I ain't movin', Hank'..."


"I ain't listenin' 'cause I ain't movin'."


"Dumbass."





Later that morning...





Bam...... Bam... "Dammit..."  BAM...


"Wha' the hell are ya doin', Hank...?"


"It's purty spring-like ta day... so's I thought I'd throw open some a these windows 'n air the winter outta this place... but they're all stickin'... bam... like usual... BAM..."


"Jeez... Wha'd they ever do ta you...? Take it easy on 'em, wouldya...? Lemme get ya a candle so's you can put some wax on them side jambs..."


"Ya know... We wouldn't have tha' problem with new windows in a new house..."


"Ya know... this here candle works real well 'n don't cost hardly nothin'."


"Yeah, but..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."





Early that afternoon...





"Damn...  All a the sudden I'm feelin' real dizzy... 'n kinda nauseated-like..."


"You comin' down with somethin'...?"


"Nothin' a new house with nice, level floors couldn't cure..."


"I ain't movin', dumbass."


"Ya know... livin' in this house is like walkin' around in one a them carnival funhouses... there ain't a level surface nowheres ta be found... but a new house... a new house would have nice, level floors..."


"Ya know... them un-level floors come in real handy sometimes... 'cause if'n ya drop somethin' that's round ya always know wha' corner it's gonna roll ta..."


"Yeah, but..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."





Later that afternoon...





"Dammit... SIGH..."


"I ain't even gonna ask."


"It's them stairs... I been runnin' up 'n down 'em all day... 'N it seems like they get a l'il steeper ev'ry year... It'd sure as hell be nice ta have ev'rythin' on one level..."


"You can make it up them stairs jus' fine, dumbass."


"Migh' come a time when we cain't..."


"If'n I cain't make it up them stairs ya might as well jus' bury me out back 'n be done with it."


"What if it's me tha' cain't make it up them stairs...?"


"Then I'll bury you out back."


"What if I ain't quite ready ta be buried out back...?"


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Yeah, but..."


"Maybe I'll bury you out back righ' now."





Early that evening...





"Wouldya turn up the heat, Ed...? Tha' north wind's really picked up..."


"I guess our hopes fer an early spring were a l'il premature-like... But why dontcha just put another layer on or somethin'...?"


"Ya know... A new house wouldn' be near so drafty... 'N it'd prob'bly cost a lot less ta heat..."


"Ya know... we can add some more insulation ta this place easy enough... 'n it's way past time we re-caulk them windows... 'n I'd guarantee tha'd cost a whole lot less than a new house... You should get on it first thing when we get back from our campin' trip."


"Yeah, but..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."





And a little later that evening...





"Dammit, Hank... Why the hell didya start a load a laundry righ' when we're jus' sittin' down ta watch a movie...? Ya know them pipes are gonna make some god-awful noises..."


"Ya know, Ed..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Ya didn't even let me finish..."


"There ain't a damn thing wrong with them pipes except tha' they're a l'il noisy now 'n again... 'N we could prob'bly fix 'em if we tried."


"Yeah, but..."


"I ain't movin', Hank. 'N turn up the TV, wouldya...?"





And a while after that...





"Ya know, Ed..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."


"Yeah, but..."


"I ain't movin', Hank."





Later that night...





nudge... nudge... "You asleep, Hank...?"


"Not no more... Wha' the hell time is it...?"


"'S early yet... Or late... dependin' on yer point a view.. I been up fer a while..."


"Wha's wrong...?"


"Nothin'... It's just... I couldn' sleep... 'n I got ta thinkin'... about Betty 'n ev'rythin'... Sure wish she 'n Bill woulda stayed together... 'N..."


"Yeah. Me too, Ed... Yaaaawn... 'Course ya didn't exactly hafta wake me up ta tell me tha'..."


"...'N I been thinkin' 'bout whatcha said about Bill movin' inta this house... 'n us buildin' a new one... 'N... well... maybe we could consider doin' tha'..."


"Fer real...? You ain't jus' pullin' my leg 'cause I was enjoyin' buggin' the hell outta ya about it...?"


"Now don't go jumpin' the gun... I'm just sayin' maybe we could consider lookin' inta how much it would cost... But only if Bill really wants ta move inta this place... 'N I still ain't so sure I'd wanna move outta it... it's our home 'n we been here a helluva long time..."


"I know, Ed..."


"But... It'd be kinda nice ta have them bedrooms on opposite sides a the house like tha'... like ya said..."


"It sure would be... Wait a minute... I thought you weren't listenin'...?"


"I weren't."


"Dumbass."


"But... if'n we were ta do it... I wouldn' wanna ask Bill ta help... 'cause it'd prob'bly be too hard on him ta be helpin' build a new house fer us when we wer'e s'posed ta be buildin' his 'n Betty's place... So's it'd end up bein' a helluva lot more work fer us..."


"I'm willin' ta do the work, Ed..."


"Ya say tha' now... 'n then later ya'd sit here writin' about how much work you were doin'... while I'd be the one doin' all the work..."


"Ain't like it ain't hard work writin' about workin' hard..."


"We'd hafta do all the framin'... 'n sub-floorin'... 'n puttin' in the windows 'n doors... I think we could manage tha'... 'n the roofin'... 'n puttin' up the sidin' 'n the gutters... 'n the insulatin'... 'n the drywallin'... 'n lemme tell ya... drywallin' a ceilin's a real bitch 'n a half... 'n we'll hafta do the primin' 'n the paintin'... 'n the trim... 'n puttin' all the other floorin' down... 'n puttin' in the sinks 'n the faucets... we'd hafta do all that ourselves... except fer the foundation 'n the electrical 'n the rest a the plumbin'... 'N I ain't sure about the kitchen 'n bathroom cabinets 'n counters... but I don't see no reason we couldn't put tha' stuff in ourselves too..."


"I'm ready 'n willin' 'n able..."


"'N we'd hafta keep it small... 'n nothin' fancy... except maybe fer tha' tub 'n shower ya mentioned..."


"Ya weren't listenin' ta tha' part neither, huh...?"


"Nope."


"What about all the S&M stuff...?"


"I said nothin' fancy."


"Tha' ya did... But... Jeez... I cain't hardly believe yer agreein' ta do this, Ed..."


"Well... I ain't yet... 'N if'n I do I don't wantcha gettin' all carried away... so's we'd hafta set some ground rules... 'n a budget... from the beginnin'... 'n stick to 'em."


"No problem..."


"Yeah... You say tha' now too... but before ya know it I'll be fightin' tooth 'n nail ta rein ya in..."


"I promise... it'll be real reasonable..."


"Reasonable accordin' ta me... not ta you... 'N I wanna put it all down on paper... not jus' wha' we're buildin'... but the kinda floorin' 'n counters 'n plumbin' fixtures 'n light fixtures 'n whatnot we're puttin' in it... before we start... so's we know 'xactly wha' we're gettin' inta..."


"Where's the fun in tha'...?"


"Maybe it ain't such a good idea after all..."


"Ya didn't let me finish... But then again who needs fun...? Better ta have it all real dull 'n borin' 'n organized-like righ' from the beginnin'... That's what I always say..."


"Dumbass."


"Jeez... I cain't hardly believe yer really considerin' movin' outta this place, Ed..."


"I'm willin' ta look inta it anyways..."


"I bet this ol' bedroom sure is gonna miss us... we've had a lotta good times up here..."


"We sure have."


"'N in the livin' room too... 'n in the kitchen... 'n d'ya remember tha' one time we didn' quite make it up the stairs...?"


"My back sure as hell does."


"Yeah... I got some painful memories a tha' one m'self..."


"'N that one real squeaky step... D'ya remember sneakin' down them stairs tryin' ta keep from wakin' yer folks...?"


"I sure do."


"That is 'til yer ma magic'lly made tha' trailer appear out back..."


"'N that one post on them stairs... the one Stella took a decided dislike to fer a while... Ev'rytime I see that all chewed up... I think a tha' dog..."


"Yeah. Me too."


"She was a great dog."


"Yeah. The best. Except fer chewin' tha' post all ta hell... Hell... Sometimes I think I still catch a glimpse a her... all curled up by tha' fireplace..."


"'N in the kitchen... always underfoot..."


"While never actually resortin' ta beggin'..."


"But still succeedin' in it."


"Well... now we're lucky enough ta live with three great dogs... 'n one great cat..."


"Yeah... 'N them dumbasses are sure as hell leavin' their marks all over this place too..."


"I guess we all have... dents 'n dings 'n burn marks 'n whatnot... Even yer ma, Hank... ev'ry time I see tha' dent in the cupboard I think a her..."


"Ya mean ya think of her pie... Hell... when she slipped 'n tha' pie went flyin' 'n hit the cupboard... the look on yer face was priceless... 'N ta this day I'm still s'prised you grabbed fer her 'n not fer tha' pie... 'N I think she were too..."


"Well... I think maybe she woulda preferred I went fer the pie... All tha' work she put inta it... 'n then... wham... it were all over the kitchen... 'n there were a big ol' dent in her cupboard..."


"'N the look on yer face when Iris outted ya at tha' kitchen table... Tha' was even better..."


"Don't remind me."


"That ol' kitchen sure has seen a lot..."


"It sure has, Hank... Real good 'n real bad 'n ev'rythin' in between..."


"'N tha' screen door... 'xactly how many times d'ya think ya slammed it when ya were leavin' after some argument or another...?"


"Prob'bly almost as many times as you did."


"I'm s'prised it's still in one piece."


"Well... we've had ta fix them hinges a few times... 'n replace the screen a few more... but they sure don't make doors like tha' no more."


"They sure don't."


"'N tha' porch... Our new place's gotta have a real good one... 'cause I sure love sittin' out on that ol' porch..."


"Yeah. Me too. 'N I sure spent a whole lotta time out there on my own before you managed ta move yer ass here permanent-like... waitin' fer tha' rattle-trap truck a yers ta come inta view... 'n when it did... Damn... tha' were a sight fer sore eyes... 'n various other body parts too..."


"So was seein' ya there waitin' fer me... But..."


"Wha'...?"


"Don't you go insultin' tha' truck... It's wha' got me here, ain't it...?"


"True 'nough. 'N I am eee-ter-na-lly grateful to it."


"Ya should be."


"I surely am."


"'N stop callin' me Shirley."


"The old jokes are still the best jokes."


"Well... I guess we'll just hafta pack up all them mem'ries... 'n all the rest of 'em... 'n move 'em with us... 'Course there's so many of 'em... d'ya figure they'd all fit in a new house...?"


"Yeah. They'd prob'bly fit... But..."


"Wha'...?"


"There's just one l'il problem..."


"'N wha' migh' tha' be...?"


"I ain't movin', Ed."


"..................Did you just say what I think ya just said...?"


"If ya think I said... 'I ain't movin, Ed'... then yeah, I just said whatcha think I just said."


"Wha' the hell...? Are you kiddin' me...? You don't wanna build a new house no more...?"


"No, I ain't kiddin'... 'N yeah, I don't wanna build a new house no more... So's... how 'bout we don't move 'n we figure somethin' else out fer Bill...?"


"You take the cake... ya know tha'...? Ya start out tryin' ta talk me inta buildin' a new house... real relentless-like mind ya... 'n then once ya purty much do... then ya end up talkin' yerself outta it..."


"I gotta admit... I am purty darn persuasive."


"Dumbass."


"So's... does tha' mean you don't wanna stay here, Ed...?"


"It ain't that... I do wanna stay here... I guess... I love this place... but... I gotta admit... I was kinda startin' ta look real forward ta buildin' a new place... 'specially with them bedrooms on opposite sides... 'n tha' big ol' tub..."


"I jus' don't know if I could leave this place, Ed... I ain't sure all them mem'ries would make the trip in one piece... But... ya know... maybe we can have our cake... or I guess I should say pie... 'n eat it too... ala mode-like..."


"Ya mean add on ta this place...?"


"Yeah... Not too much... Maybe justa nice-size bedroom 'n bathroom fer us... somewheres off the main level... 'n somethin' tha'd go with the rest of the house okay... tha' way we'd still have the bedrooms in separate parts a the house... 'n we'd still get a big ol' tub... but we'd be able ta stay here... 'n then all them memories can stay put too..."


"Tha' migh' work out real good, Hank..."


"But... d'ya think if'n we try ta add on ta this place the whole thing'll jus' decide ta up 'n fall down altogether...?"


"Nah... an addition'll prob'bly help hold it up... give it somethin' ta lean on."


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


"But... I sure hope Bill knows he can lean on us... if'n he needs to..."


"Ya know he knows we're here fer him, Ed."


"Yeah. I guess... 'N... I know I said I didn't wanna live here with no one but you... but... if'n we're gonna build an addition like tha'... well... then the whole upstairs would be empty most a the time... so's maybe we should ask Bill ta move in here..."


"I dunno about tha'... It'd be a real big change fer us... 'N there'd be no more jumpin' on each other anywheres but in our bedroom... Like in front a the fireplace in the livin' room... 'n I'd sure as hell miss tha'..."


"Ya'd have trouble keepin' it ta just the one room a the house, huh...?"


"It ain't jus' tha'... 'N don't get me wrong, Ed... I like Bill as much as you do... well almost anyways... but I know you... 'n ya can't tell me havin' him livin' under the same roof with us wouldn't end up puttin' the kabosh on you displayin' any kinda affection fer me in them common areas... 'n not because it'd bother Bill... 'cause it wouldn't... but because you'd think it might so's ya'd stop yerself...  'N I'd betcha ya'd end up reinin' yerself in some in the bedroom too... even if our room were far away from his..."


"I dunno 'bout tha'..."


"Yeah. Ya do. 'N it sure as hell would... 'N I sure as hell wouldn't like it... 'N besides... I'd bet you anythin' if'n ya asked Bill ta move in here he'd jus' say 'no' anyways... He's too much like you..."


"True 'nough."


"'N exactly how long d'ya really think we'd all last livin' under the same roof together...?"


"Well... Bill 'n me could always send you ta live in tha' single-wide..."


"Ya know ya'd miss me when I was gone."


"I guess I migh'. After a year or two anyways."


"You bet you migh'."


"Least-wise we should help Bill get tha' trailer moved here as quick as we can..."


"We can get goin' on that as soon as Bill decides if'n it's what he wants..."


"Good. But... us stayin' here... 'n addin' on... I like that idea... a whole lot, Hank..."


"Yeah. Me too, Ed."


"But..."


"Wha'...?"


"Nothin'... Never mind..."


"Tha' 'nothin'' sounds suspiciously like 'somethin''."


"It's just... Betty... 'n... wha' she said to ya 'bout not wantin' ta be tied down ta no one or nothin'... it's just... well... I ain't worried about ya leavin' me... like Betty did ta Bill... It's just... I do worry that I am tyin' ya down... I know there's a lot more of this world ya'd like ta see 'n stuff ya wanna do... tha' ya won't ever get ta do on accounta me..."


"That's part a what I was tryin' ta talk ta ya about last night, Ed... 'N yeah... Ya sure as hell do tie me down... but not against my will... Hell... I've told ya a whole lotta times before... I'm exactly where I wanna be... here... with you..."


"Good ta hear."


"'Course ya know... 'cause I've told ya this before too... tha' don't mean I'll stop tryin' ta get ya ta go some places ya migh' think ya don't wanna go..."


"'Course ya know... addin' on ta the house is gonna put a big ol' dent in any extra money we got fer travelin' anywheres... except fer campin'..."


"Not near as big a dent as buildin' a whole new house woulda."


"Still gonna be a fair-sized dent."


"But ya know, Ed... if'n there's somewhere's I wanna go that I can't talk you inta goin'... there's no reason I couldn't go on a trip on my own... 'n see what I wanna see..."


"I... uh... I guess... I guess there ain't no reason ya couldn't do tha'... I... uh... I wouldn't 'xactly like it... But..."


"But... so's far there ain't been nothin' I wanna see tha'd be worth leavin' behind the view I waited fer so long ta see here... 'n by that I mean the view with you in it... permanent-like... 'N so's far as I'm concerned there ain't no finer view in this here whole wide world... or universe fer tha' matter..."


"Cut it out, Hank."


"Of course... of all the views with you in 'em here... my fav'rite's always been the one with you lyin' buck-naked in this here bed waitin' fer me..."


"Ya know... fer tha' view alls ya gotta do is turn on the light 'n get outta bed 'n turn around 'n look back thisaway."


"You ain't too tired...?"


"Nope."


"Ya want some music on...?"


"Sure... But how 'bout ya s'prise me 'n put on some country music fer a change..."


"I think I got jus' the song..."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVq3Xy3rGxQ


"I jus' bet you do."


"Alrigh'... Alrigh'... Yeah, it's alrigh'... Alriiiiiiigh'..."


"It's alrigh', huh...? You sure 'bout tha'...?"


"I sure as hell am sure 'bout tha'... 'Don't need no five star reservations... I got spaghetti 'n a cheap bottle a wiiine'..."


"Make it chili 'n a bottle a beer 'n I'm with ya."


"'Don't need no concert in the ciiity... I got a stereo 'n the best a Patsy Cliiine'..."


"Why the hell don't you ever put on Patsy Cline anyways...?"


"Gen'rally too depressin'... 'Ain't got no caviar... no Dom Perignon'..."


"Ya damn well better got no Don Whoever..."


"...Dumbass... 'But so's far as I can see I got ev'rythin' I waaant... 'Cause I got a... roof over my head 'n the cowboy I love layin' in our big ol' bed... 'N it's alrigh'... alriiigh'... I got... boots under my feet... 'n ferever in his eyes starin' back at me'... 'N it's alrigh'... Alriiigh'... Yeah, I got all I neeeed... 'N it's alrigh' by me'..."


"It's alrigh' by me too."


"'Course... I also need tha' big ol' tub 'n tha' shower with two shower heads... 'n maybe a fireplace in tha' new bedroom too... I think I may need tha' too... Hey... maybe it could be one a them two-way fireplaces... so's it could face inta the bedroom 'n face tha' big ol' tub too... But then it's alrigh' by me..."


"You sure 'bout tha'...?"


"Well... I do need ta get out from under this here roof over my head ev'ry now 'n again... But I definitely don't need no five star reservations..."


"Good. 'Cause there ain't likely ta be none a them in yer future... Just a million stars above ya when we go campin'..."


"'N shirts. I need some nice, new, flashy shirts ev'ry now 'n again... 'N Boots... a fella needs a new pair once his old ones start ta wear out... or get a l'il scuffed even... 'N ya know... I really do need a new cowboy hat too.... 'N... now that I think about it... I could use a new..."


"Hey, Hank...?"


"Yeah...?"


"How 'bout ya just make yerself a big ol' list in the mornin'...?"


"I'll do tha'... But... Ya know what I need righ' this very minute...?"


"I think I migh' got some idea..."


"I bet you do."


"C'mere, Hank..."









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From: mazaher
2013-04-09 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, NO! Bill and Betty splitting up! It feels a bit like the end of the world =(
But the dialogues are so funny and so *them*... And then Hank says “Ya sure as hell do tie me down... but not against my will...” which is the essence of giving one’s heart, i.e. choosing someone/something and *not* choosing everybody/everything else, and is a long way deeper better stronger more meaningful that merely feeling good with someone else, because it joins the “no” to the “yes” and so makes a whole, 3D, rooted and growing, with-knobs-on LURVE.
Oh, whew, how I missed this.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2013-04-11 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hank does kinda enjoy being tied down literally - And he doesn't mind it at all much figuratively either. (Well maybe justa little bit sometimes) :=)

And now Hank isn't so sure what's going on with Bill and Betty - Hank and Ed saw Bill and Betty talking together outside a restaurant in town a couple of nights ago. They don't know what it was about because Bill isn't talking and Ed won't ask him and Hank hasn't been alone with Bill so he could ask him - But Hank is sure hoping it involves them getting back together 'cause he'd really love having them both on the ranch.
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2013-04-10 03:17 pm (UTC)
I love Ed and Hank so much -- I have really missed them (and you too!) But I can't believe that Bill and Betty are splitting up now. That's just awful.

I am wondering what else Hank will put on his shopping list? [g]

Thank you so much for sharing this.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2013-04-11 04:35 pm (UTC)
Don't think there's enough room here to list everything else Hank put on his list... You name it, Hank wants it. :=)

And Hank's now not so sure what's going on with Bill and Betty - Hank and Ed saw Bill and Betty talking together outside a restaurant in town a couple of nights ago. They don't know what it was about because Bill isn't talking and Ed won't ask him and Hank hasn't been alone with Bill so he could ask him - But Hank is sure hoping it involves them getting back together...
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2013-04-10 04:26 pm (UTC)

Home is where the heart is

Yep, all the fancy houses, and the fancy things available these days is nice but when you come down to it the memories we build in a home and the little odd things of an older home make it special and unique. Not saying we should let our homes get run down and out of shape, we can fix them up and keep them happy just like that. But, to move away from the memories is hard and hurts. About 2 years ago we inherited a fancy nancy house with all the fun stuff but, in the end we decided to sell and keep the house we have memories in. We would have liked to move to that house it had bedrooms on two ends like your wanted and 4 bathrooms so we when my huge family comes to visit they would not be under foot as much. But, in the end we decided to stay in our home with memories even though not large and spacious and with all the extra bathrooms and such. My hardest part would be leaving out gardens I have spent so much time and energy with my Pat planting and planning our gardens we have a pretty nice set up with that. But, than fate happens the house across the street we always liked which is small like our house came up for sale. Pat has lots of memories at that house as well, the couple who lived in it were in it for 68 years and they both passed away and were like second parents to my partner and they accepted me when I came along as well. So we took the money from selling the big house and bought this house. so now we have a place for my family to stay across the street and we kept all the memories and well, some people say you are nuts owning two houses across from one another. The taxes and insurance are 1/2 of what they would have been on that big old cold feeling house. So it was a good deal and my family comes more often than before so it has worked out real nice. In fact I best get over and run the vacuum my cousin and his wife are coming for 4 days since they just had a new baby and I'm excited to see them. This way too the baby can cry all night but I'm across the street. Yipee. So good things do come to those who love. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2013-04-11 04:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Home is where the heart is

Hank and Ed probably should fix the old place up a little more - (without losing those physical dents dings that keep those memories alive so well) - Maybe adding the new bedroom on will inspire them.

Sure can understand why you wouldn't want to leave your garden either - they are a labor of love that takes time to get established and then over all that time they grow and thrive and develop a wonderful character all their own.

LOVE that you were able to buy the house across the street for guests! That is the absolutely perfect set up (especially for crying babies). Must be fun to get so many visitors! (Hank would LOVE more visitors...) Have a great time with your cousin and his wife and the new baby!
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[User Picture]From: eandj
2013-04-11 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sure glad they're not moving- LOL
them memories are important
and I hope they'll tell us what's going on with Bill and Betty
it's great to hear from them every now and then and learn about some good music
love
Paula

Edited at 2013-04-11 04:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2013-04-11 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yep - Hank is glad they realized soon enough just what they'd be giving up.

Hank will definitely tell you what's going on with Bill and Betty when he finds out exactly what that might be.

So glad you enjoyed the music!
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[User Picture]From: graciesdaddy
2013-04-21 02:13 am (UTC)

How long's it been...?

...since we first looked in on Ed 'n' Hank? However long it's been, it seems like yesterday! It's an honor to go down this trail with them. Give 'em hugs from me... And hug Edthedawg & Hankthedawg, too!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2013-04-24 03:56 pm (UTC)

Re: How long's it been...?

Consider everyone hugged real good! And a big ol' hug back to you and Gracie too. Hank managed to post last month - But before that, as near as he can figure it's been over two years. If it wasn't one thing, it was another... Crazy how time goes soooo damn fast.
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