More Housekeeping

Sunday, October 15th, 2006, 1:44 pm

Oh, forgot to update yinz on two other minor developments from a previous post:

I mentioned that I found a phone number given to me by a girl about ten years ago. Some people (cough, Pauly) said that I should call her up. This seemed a bit pathetic and stalky, so it immediately appealed to me. But, come on, I’m not going to call her. While I did have a talking point at hand (hey, I found your phone number in a book, wondered what you were up to, and with whom) it still seemed a bit weird. Until I had a second beer early Friday evening. Then I thought, what the hell? We were friends for a couple of years, after all.

Called the number. It’s disconnected. Or, to use the lingo, “no longer in service”. Yes, I was relieved.

But that’s as nothing compared to what happened yesterday. With fall now entrenched I put away a lot of the short-sleeved gear and broke out my sweaters and flannels. I did some other cleaning and reorganizing, and found a few books I wanted to put up on my shelves. One was A. Alvarez’s Poker: Bets, Bluffs and Bad Beats. I’d been looking for that book, which I’d stuck in a box along with some random junk and old magazines. The book had an odd bulge in the middle, and I flipped open the pages, saw what was inside, and let loose an excited “Yes!”

What did I find? Only one of my most precious possessions. Yes, it was the autographed picture of Isabelle Mercier that Otis and Pauly got me in New York last year. I honestly thought I lost it. I’d planned on framing it (the frame holding my pointless B-school diploma wasn’t doing anything worthwhile) but my ex-wife convinced me that would be spiteful. When I moved I had to put this sacred object someplace safe…and what could be safer than Mr. Alvarez’s fine book? Until, of course, I forget I’d put it there.

So, a happy day. One I’ll share with you right now. Even as I know that this is, well, pathetic and stalky:

And yes, Pauly and Otis had had a few when they did this best of good deeds.

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3 Responses to “More Housekeeping”

  1. Pauly Says:

    I puked in the middle of the street that night. Otis can tell you.

    I’m not ready to give up on that girl that easily. Let’s google her, look for her on myspace, then hire a PI… if you haven’t done these things already.

  2. Eric Says:

    Isabelle “NO Mercy” Mercier.

    The wife isn’t looking.

    She is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!

    and a great poker player too.

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