I ordered him Frankenstein DVDs from www.fye.com. Now, those of you who read this column or know my daddy know he has everything. Well, he had everything ... except Frankenstein movies, the original ones that were made in the 1940s. You will be glad to know he loved his DVDs.
My cousin, Judy, had burned him copies of "the Son of Frankenstein" and "The House of Frankenstein," but for some unknown reason they wouldn't play on his DVD player. Now he has "Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection," which he has watched several times. The DVDs included "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein," "Son of Frankenstein," "House of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein," plus several bonus features.
He was truly impressed. I don't think anything could top that gift because he hadn't seen those movies since he was a kid. I was also excited about the collection and can't wait to borrow the movies to watch them for myself.
On Father's Day, dad and I went to the cemetery to visit mom. It had been one year since she passed away and I have to say last week was very tough on me. While we were at the cemetery, I decided if I die, I want to be buried in the shade because I almost burned up while we were there. I told daddy if I go before he does, find me a big shade tree somewhere and plant me there because I don't do hot and I don't think those who come to visit me should have to sweat while they are visiting. I think he should find a place that offers a water fountain, too. He gladly agreed he would try his very best to find something like that for me because he was just as thirsty as I was.
Lord have mercy, I about burned up walking around the cemetery that day. It was so hot I ventured over to the mausoleum to look around and cool off a bit. I have to tell you I'm not so sure about being put in there, either. It was kind of creepy and if someone did choose to put me in there, I wouldn't want to be on the top shelf. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be on the bottom, either. In fact, I just don't want in there at all, although it would be a cooler place for those visiting.
I don't want to be on the top shelf because I wasn't sure how people put flowers up that high and I don't want to be on the bottom because I would probably feel confined. Of course, if you think about it, would I really know? I think I would know and I think it would bother me in the afterlife knowing all those people I didn't know were on top of me. To each his own, but I just don't want in there.
In case you are wondering, yes, I still check the obituaries every morning to make sure my name isn't listed. If and when I do see my name in there, I'm leaving the office to go out and start having fun.
Well, the Coal Festival has come and gone and I saw several people I have befriended throughout the years of living here in Boone County.
One of them is Phillip Marcum, who I have known since I was 4 or 5. Now, Phillip knows better than to complain to me because he knows how I am, but he felt the need to say his piece about "Off the Shelf." He told me he enjoys reading my column. However, this was the first year ever that he wasn't wished a happy birthday. So, his wife, PJ, who is tired of his whining about the absent birthday wish, told me if I didn't mention the fact that Phillip turned 52 back in February, she would tan my hide. So, for the sake of PJ's sanity, I want everyone to know I messed up and forgot Phillip turned 52 this year and I hope he had a wonderful birthday ... all the way back in February. He made me promise I won't forget his birthday next year and I plan on keeping my promise to him. I have it written down in my calendar. If you see Phillip, wish him a happy birthday!
I also ran into several people who said they read "Off the Self" each week. I appreciate everyone who reads this column. As you know, it is my weekly soap box. My mother enjoyed writing it and so do I. It relieves some of the energy in my head, I guess. I do appreciate you taking the time to sit down and enter my thoughts each week. Just when you think it wouldn't matter if something is in the paper or not, you run into some really nice folks who say they enjoy reading what you have to say. It really made me feel a lot better about all of it. A big thank you to each of you!
I didn't play trivia this week. However, I did have the honor of calling out the questions. They were "Cindy Questions," which is a scary thing if you think about it. It took me forever to come up with 30 questions because I wanted to cover everything from sports to movies and everything in between. I had a really good time, but I was a bit disappointed that Bill's team won. I just knew Bill, Tonya and Kersey wouldn't get any of my questions correct, but they did. If I ever have the chance to call out the questions again, I will make sure they do not get any questions correct. Just because I'm like that.
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Until next week, have a good one!