“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Report from Anna Maria Island
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Okay, I am pleased to announce that: 1. Our rental home on Anna Marie Island has Wi-Fi and ...2. I have found that I'm addicted to this blogging thing so I am NOT taking the week off as I said I would. I feel words bubbling forth, like the fizzy froth from a closed jar of fermenting kimchee.

We are here with my folks and my brother and his daughter/my niece, a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and I am trying VERY HARD to get along with my brother as we have personalities that sometimes clash like ... well ... like battery acid and human flesh. To help facilitate peace I am NOT DRINKING COCKTAILS! And while this does keep me from getting all inflamed and blustery it does cause my daughter to periodically say, "Dad, are you alright?" And I simply reply, "Oh, yes ... just ... THIRSTY!"

My daughter is finishing up college apps this week, so she is not in the best of moods.

Nice to see my dad. I rarely get to see him. He's one of those workaholic guys who doesn't like to travel, and since I, too, don't like to travel, well this creates long gaps between our visits. He also doesn't email. I'm working on this.

Best family story to come out this week so far: My now-dead granddad was helping my now-dead grandma hang Christmas decorations. She had him holding up one of those "Merry Christmas" signs over the doorway, when she reached into his pocket for some thumbtacks and pulled out a pack of cigarettes, which came as a big surprise because she thought he'd stopped smoking ... I don't know ... 24 years earlier? She said, "John! What do you have to say for yourself?" And my grandpa, still holding the sign aloft, sighed and replied, "Well, Merry F**kmas!"


5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now we know where Ad got his sense of humor. Merry, um, Christmas!
Carla in Kentucky

December 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Ahhh, Carla, thanks.
Tonight, at one of Florida's Top 20 restaurants, a REALLY nice place, my mom picked two petals from the fresh rose and put them in her mouth to look like lips....then blew kisses at me and the waiter.

December 24, 2008 at 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, mom isn't avoiding cocktails this holiday, and GOOD FOR HER!

December 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Gonzalo Barr said...

You clearly deserve to win Sensational Simile Award for this passage --

"I have found that I'm addicted to this blogging thing so I am NOT taking the week off as I said I would. I feel words bubbling forth, like the fizzy froth from a closed jar of fermenting kimchee."

Take the week off, Ad. And, in the name of all that's holy, keep the lid on that jar.

December 28, 2008 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, but Gonzalo....fizzy is GOOD!...except it means that energy is escaping, and THAT is a bad thing. We only have so much jing.

December 29, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

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