All the discussion of late around the Confederate flag brought the band Lynyrd Skynyrd to mind, since that flag is part of the band’s logo.
(I didn’t use that version here on The Sticky Egg because, um…no.)
That led us to talking about where we were when we learned about the plane crash that killed half of the band members.
[If you’re too young to a) know who Lynyrd Skynyrd is, or b) remember the plane crash, move along.]
I was in bed asleep. The phone rang — a corded phone, no less — and I walked down to my mother’s bedroom to answer it. A good friend of my oldest brother was on the line, and he was crying. I may have been young, but I knew a call that late at night could only mean one thing…
Someone had died.
We woke up my brother, who came to the phone in a fog of sleep. We heard him say, “Oh no. Oh God. Oh no.” Then he hung up the phone and turned to go back to bed. We stopped him, saying, “Wait — what happened?”
He said simply, “Lynyrd Skynyrd died.”
I’m not sure either my mother or I knew exactly what that meant, so we went on to bed. When we questioned my brother the next morning, he barely remembered the phone call.
But it stuck in my memory, all these years — the day Lynyrd Skynyrd died.
Posted in Family, History, Humor, Music, News
Tagged brother, confederate flag, corded phone, death, family, flag, history, Humor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, memory, mother, Music, news, phone call, plane crash, rock band, the day the music died, The Sticky Egg
When we were young, my sister and I spent many a fun-filled afternoon playing “camping” with our Barbie dolls — and our brother’s GI Joe action figures — in our family’s formal living room.
(Other than Christmas, it was the best use of that room.)
The green carpet was obviously the grassy forest floor. We used Kleenex as sleeping bags. And Dr. Seuss books tilted open were the perfect tents. Plus, GI Joe had a jeep, so there were lots of four wheelin’ and other shenanigans.
Those were simpler times. Barbie wanted simpler things.
Posted in Children, Family, Games, Home, Humor, Toys
Tagged action figures, Barbie, brother, camping, carpet, children, dolls, Dr. Seuss, family, forest, four wheeling, games, GI Joe, Humor, Jeep, Kleenex, living room, simpler times, sister, sleeping bags, tents, toys, uptown girl
I know today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day. I pay my respects and send my love.
But for lunch today, I had the good fortune to have a popcorn ball.
It was part of a popcorn-themed gift basket that my brother and sister-in-law generously gave me for my birthday. I fully expected to find different flavors of popcorn in the box, but the popcorn balls were a sweet, sweet surprise. Our family used to make them from scratch for Halloween when I was a kid. I have burned my hands many a time shaping those popcorn balls.
I just did a quick Google search — there is a National Popcorn Day in January, but no individual celebration for the popcorn ball itself.
Oughta be a law.
Posted in Family, Food, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged birthday, brother, family, flavored popcorn, food, Google search, Halloween, holidays, Humor, life, made from scratch, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day, National Popcorn Day, oughta be a law, popcorn balls, sister-in-law, will it go round
I am in Kentucky this week to celebrate the holiday, visiting with my brothers and sister and their families.
I am staying at my oldest brother’s house. When I a little kid, I wanted to be like Kent…so I copied him when it suited me.
A prime example?
He loved Star Trek, so I loved Star Trek…still do. Even boycotted Star Wars when it was released way back when ’cause he did.
Wonder if he will find this as amusing as I do?
Posted in Christmas, Entertainment, Family, Home, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged brother, Christmas, family, Holiday, Humor, Kentucky, memories, sister, Star Trek, Star Wars, TV
I have always liked my oldest brother’s name —
It’s strong. One syllable. And you don’t hear it coming and going.
But when I think about my brother and imagine him personified as an inanimate object, I have to admit this never even cracked the Top 50.
Kent Vase, CB2
You’re way burlier than this, big bro.
Posted in Design, Family, Humor, Life, Shopping, Writing
Tagged brother, burly, cb2, design, family, home accessories, Humor, inanimate object, Kent, Kent vase, life, names, personification, shopping, Top 50, vase, what's in a name, writing