Monthly Archives: June 2013

Morning After

Carla woke to smell coffee brewing and she heard noise downstairs, she sat up shaking her head. Craig was snoring louder than usual, her head hurt “Oh now I remember, the reunion and I have a houseful of people”. A quick cold shower and Carla strolled down the staircase and into the kitchen. “Morning Howard, what’s cooking?”

Well I can honestly say been there done that.  I remember a little impromptu gathering at my house on weekend.  Waking up to noises and wondering what was going on.

Bet that memory prompted this chapter you’d be right.  Sometimes that’s where the best story ideas come from.

Like sitting at a restaurant just watching other people, can put a smile on my face and a story line in my head…    Like going out on a date and ordering a lobster for dinner, why not you’re not paying, only to see how big it is when it’s placed in front of you; now that’s a Kodak moment that will always be remembered.

What’s your favorite memory?

Giggles and Laughter

“Ok Howard, you take care of our girls and you bring them all back here for breakfast tomorrow, I insist”! The girls all hugged Mrs. S, got their bags and left Mrs. S and Samuel, who seemed the least drunk, in charge for a while.

Between all the giggles, the three girls managed to get all the beds made up. Carla threw cold water on her face and went about getting things out for breakfast she was back in her kitchen again ready for a party of men. She started to cry, and Paula came over “What’s the matter honey. The guys only do this when they’re all together, and don’t worry Howard always provides safe transportation.”

“I’m ok, just too much champagne. It’s the first time I have come home without Craig on my arm after we’ve been drinking” the giggles where turning into laughter “I’m just wondering which of the guys he’ll be dancing up the steps with”.

Paula and Mary looked at Carla, “OH” came out along with louder laughing, as the tears ran down their faces from laughing so hard.

“Carla will you please show us how he does the dip and how you drop” Paula who was trying to keep up with the guys drinking, was laughing so hard she fell off the chair. The guys may need Howard but it was looking like the girls needed him as well . . . they where all rolling on the floor laughing after Mary tried to dance up the stairs and missed the first step. That is where they were sitting when Howard brought the men all home.

Now What?

How many of us can remember back to our 20’s when we would party all night and wake up in a hazy.  A strange house and hung over?

Guilty, how else would I be able to come up with this story line.  Remembering a few gatherings that ended up with some sleep overs, it sounded like an idea that would work.  Imagine 7 buddies that grew up together and went to the same university and ended up in the Marines  together.  (Personally seen a few of those parties in my lifetime.)  So I just used some experiences to add a reunion for Craig and his buddies.  The trick was keeping him in line with the agreement he made with Carla about not drinking any more Jack Daniels.

So do you think Craig will get out of control on Jack Daniels again.  Will the other buddies end up blasted on Jack Daniels too.  How are the going to get up for work…  The ladies are all drinking as well… Craig and Carla have been drinking champagne all afternoon on top of this.   This gathering is on a Sunday.

What and where can the go.  Craig’s house is the obvious choice, plenty of bedrooms and food in the freezer.  Carla hollered “Howard”.



Their brunch and receptions tastings were complete but the table kept enlarging with Craig’s friends.  Tim, Mark, Joey and their wives.  “Looks like there’s a party going on here” Joey said sitting down to a glass of champagne.  “To my best friends and newest employees! Oh I forgot Craig and Carla’s marriage… ”

Suddenly Detective Black and Howard were standing at their table “See Blackie I told you there was a rowdy bunch over here…”

Craig, and Mark finally recognized Blackie, a childhood friend and former Marine…

“Semper Fi its Blackie!”    All the men gathered at the bar for a shot of Jack Daniels and a gathering had begun.  Carla asked Howard what was going on and how so many people knew about their being here and the marriage.

“Guilty, I can never pass up a chance for a party and this definitely is one for the books.  I was on the phone for an hour but I got tem all.”  Mrs. S said shrugging her shoulders, sipped from her glass and gave everyone a kiss and hug.  “I don’t care’ I have all my Awlsport boys in one room now!  Champagne for everyone and it’s on the house.”

“Carla, tonight we have a reunion of sorts and before the night is over you will understand what I’m saying, oh so much later!  By the way, I’m not drinking tonight, so I’m your ride home.”  Howard smile as he tipped his glass of coke to Carla’s champagne, rejoining the other men.

You’ll have to wait or read on from page 230 what happens next…


Ever have one of those days; your plans are suddenly changed and you’re going in the opposite direction.  That’s my day so far, and it sort of fits in the story line of Craig and Carla’s day.

The couple is having brunch at the Awlsport Café and Mrs. Smith see them and of course she spies Carla’s new engagement ring.  Craig tells her about the plans for the wedding and that they want to have the reception at the Café.   “But today we needed a break from a rough week and to talk to you about our plans for our reception.”

“Hum I have an idea… Michael will be bringing out samples of our reception food.  I’ll be back as soon as I can.”  Mrs. Smith dashes off to the kitchen talking to Michael.

In the mean time, between eating their brunch and samples of food, Michael the waiter is constantly filing up the champagne glasses.  Craig explains all of the new job information with Carla and about the rumors of their employer Standard being in trouble.  “FYI the next 3 weeks I’m on vacation, taking it while I can,” Craig answered Carla “Please don’t be mad at me.”

“Craig things happen and we can’t always be in control…  Oh just so you know I had my attorney write me a check this morning so we will have cash for our trip.”  Carla smiled and kissed him.

“I thought of some thing I would really like to do for our honeymoon.”  “What’s that Carla?”    “Walk in the Atlantic at sunrise and the Gulf of Mexico and sunset.”   “That sounds like we have to go to the Keys.”    “Can we do that Craig…”  “You want sunrise – sunset you shall have it.”

This food is great; I want all of it at the party Mrs. S. How is your catering and ballroom calendar look for the last Saturday of August,” Carla asked. “It so happens that day is free, so I am able to do your party. Michael, will you please bring us another bottle of champagne please” Mrs. Smith said.

“No Mrs. S we don’t need more champagne” Craig said. “I think we have had plenty already today.” “Nonsense Mr. Craig, this is a very special occasion and we must celebrate it properly, it’s not every day one of our wonderful Awlsport young men becomes successful, wealthy and marries the prettiest girl in town. But Craig, the best part is you’re coming back to make Awlsport your home, am I right?”  Mrs. S asked.

“Yes, Carla and I will be making Awlsport our home,” he said. “That means we have to celebrate right?” Carla asked, as she was the first to raise her glass “to Awlsport”. How does this women know so much or is she guessing?  And Michael I feel like I’m seeing double ! He could be Craig’s double!  “Michael coffee please”!