Friday, December 13, 2013


It is Friday, Dec.  thirteenth.
 
Oddly, it's always been a lucky day for me.
 
I got my job with the Toronto Star, and then Seneca College on Fri. 13, finished a novel on that date, resulting  a creative writing fellowship in San Miguel, Mexico (a division of U.C.)
Why should today's  Friday 13 seem uncharacteristically ominous, like fishing in a vat of worms?
 
It's probably because I'm  now into my76th year  and the old chassis is starting to rock...But I still chase old ladies.
 
Seems to me that in the past, every  bout of sickness seemed to have a morning of healing, an  on this Friday 13, I'm still   placing any bets on waking up refreshed and renewed, born again tomorrow.
 
But there had been warnings.
 
 Just last year, I collapsed on the street tin ninety degree heat. Happily, a postman walked me home. "What day is it,"
I asked groggily. He sai,d "Friday 13, 2012"
 
Happily on this day the postman cometh again. Hopefully wich cheques.
 
Not too long ago, I fully expected the man with the scythe.
Good things still happen on Friday 13?
 
Yes!

18 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Well, I woke up, got my grades turned in, got a free book. Tis a good day indeed.

ivan said...

Good day indeed, Charles.
At 75, I woke up aroused...and not alone for a change. :)

--Ivan

Anonymous said...

Pls. ignore this letter.

My computer is breaking down and I have to post this somewhere.
--Ivan

Donnetta Lee,

I have to write this fast, as all across Ontario, sleet and freezing rain are downing power lines.

Today is my first free day alone after having lived with my concubine-begat for a week.
Durn. Beautiful woman, natural blonde, part Finnish, but what with issues. Damaged goods, I swear.
...And I fear she is not the brightest bulb on the tree...I am so tired of dumbing myself down to hairdresser level; I love women who are smart, but I am with this dumb blonde and it's frustrating to have to explain everything, even your jokes. Oh, but can she get a head of the situation! It's pure lust, but what can a still burning old guy do?
I picked up this currnt Susan after dropping Vivian-Va-voom after the second time she passed out on me in the middle of a conversation in a restaurant: Pissed to the gills. Drinkin' like a fish.,

Well, my newest dutchess, Susan is not much better. Yesterday she drank all my wine and my entire beer supply for the week, with hardly a burp. And with not as much as a thankee...But with a magnum of wine and five beers, she says she thinks she loves me.
Durn. Who could love old Ivan? Must have been the booze talking.
Damn, when you hang around with dumb people it mus be catching. We watch Maury Pauvich and Dr. Phil. I wanna talk about things, but she has little general knowledge.
Ah well, at least a looker. I tell her that all I remember of Sociology 101 is that the guy in the corner house in a subdivision is always a deviant. And she says "I know." (I do live in a corner apartment building, and deviancy is not entirely absent with me).

With Chrismas coming and with not too many people coming around, I have asked her to move in, if only over the holidays.
Fact is, I am starting to build up a mad-on for her. She thinks I'm easygoing, but once I develop a dislike for a person, old Prince Vlad is ruthless, I have found out through experience. Now if I can hold myself back from freaking out, especially over Christmas! If I kick her out, I'll have to spend Chrismas alone, and that is solving nothing at all.
Mistake. She drinks even more than I do, and it's straining my last credit card. She has also found out that I can cook, and has been around demanding steaks, though in fairness, she sometimes brings her own steaks.
Maybe it's me, but stupidity seems catching and though having taught remedial reading at one point, I don't like to suffer fools gladly.
Hah. Damaged goods, but it's all I got right now, so I'd best zip the lip, avoid the instictive response and just grin and bear it, certainly over the holidays...She does have a history of abuse, and one would hate to hurt.
Still, things are going to get messy.

Wow. Talk about Chrismas spirit.

Sorry to hear you're ailing, Donnetta. Just a shot in the dark here, but is the man cold coming from the man? Dunno.
Oh, so nice to have a night off from the relationship. I lied and said I needed time to write...Well, I guess I did.

Love to you and the Quarks.

Ivan

Anonymous said...

Ivanovich...repetez apres mois...fornicateur a la grande distance...practice this like prepping for carnegie hall,man...if you can't see the red flags,get off the road...riders on the storm...stay between the ditches and keep the shiny side up...

ivan said...

Anonymous.

(Tony):

RE

"...repetez apres mois...fornicateur a la grande distance..."

We all have Newfie friends.
Does all that French mean "Come by Chance"?

Anonymous said...

basically ,sage advice of the day says if y'all gonna be the fornicator,keep the fornicatoree at a respectable distance,while keeping your sanity in respectable close proximity...that way,they will never be confused with one another...cheers...

ivan said...

Q.E.D.

Anonymous said...

you appear to have a completely Euclidian grasp of the road ahead...bon voyage...cheers...

ivan said...

Yeah.
Seems I'm like in Syracuse, New York.
Do they have Greeks there?

Anonymous said...

bend over for the answer,Euclid...

stay between the ditches and keep the shiny side up...

ivan said...

Some Greeks have no luck at all at hitchhiking.

Anonymous said...

maybe their thumbs are in the wrong place...

ivan said...

In Classical Greek:

To ti?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that's another way of saying "thumbs up",so to speak...jack be numble,jack be quick,jack jump over the thumble stick...it's all Greek to me...

ivan said...

Back in my Service days, it would be "Great Balls of Fire!"

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