“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Hello, I'm Mr. Worrywart
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fay's wrath: Some much-needed rain (without flooding) and ... and ... well, I guess that's it. She turned out to be nothing, really. But I was worried. Oh, boy, do I ever get worked up about things. I've had a lifetime of worrying.

1. As a kid, whenever we drove further than 30 miles, I was constantly asking my mom or dad or whoever was driving: "Do we have enough gas?" And ... ten minutes later: "Are you sure we have enough gas?" And ... 18 minutes later: "We're not going to run out of gas, are we?"

2. My mom tells this story way too often: One night, after I'd been tucked in, my parents were watching television when they heard a blood-curdling scream come from my bedroom. Apparently I ran out, into the living room, holding my arms out in front of me, screaming, "Mom! Dad! There are little HOLES all over my body!!" They finally convinced me that they, too, had pores of their own, and that they were normal. A few nights later, the same Mr. Worrywart came running out of his bedroom, screaming again:
"What, Ad? What is it?"
"I'm CRACKING UP! ... Look! I have tiny cracks all over my hands! Oh, my God, we've got to get me to the emergency room!"

3. Once, I noticed a small leak in the water fountain in the park near my house. I ran home, terrified, convinced that the entire town was going to be flooded, and we all would die. "We've got to call somebody and get it fixed!" I implored my mother. She did make a call ... probably to her friend, saying "cocktails will be early today, please ... see you at 2."

4. Once during my childhood, a cult in Fruita, Colorado claimed the world was going to end. They even gave a specific date and time. I remember being a tightly bundled mess of nerves that fateful night (I had marked it on my calendar, of course.) when being put to bed. My parents did everything they could to try to convince me that those people in Fruita were wrong, and that I would wake up in the morning and all would be fine. And, of course, they were right.

Message to Mom and Dad: Thanks. I love you guys. ... But I am worried about that new tropical disturbance forming off of Africa.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Scott said...

Ad: Don't get caught up in this Aztec (or is it Mayan) 2012 end of world nonsense. You'll never sleep!

August 20, 2008 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

An Aztec prediction for the end of the world in 2012?!! THANKS A LOT, SCOTT!!!!

August 20, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aztec? Don't you mean those Mayans? Ad, get out your copy of August 2007 National Geographic. And don't worry...the end is explained rather well.
LU

August 21, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

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