Monday, January 23, 2012

It's Amazing What You Find When You Clean The Cobwebs Out....

Hmmmm... Let's see. Mr. Snooty's fabulous set of Bakelite poker chips that were from his paternal grandfather turned up while he was cleaning out the old playhouse last week. For the past 20+ years we have been certain someone we knew had stolen them. Uh-Huh. Please don't judge. We were young and stupid then.



Then Mr. Snooty found my old bowling ball (engraved with my name) from pre-children days, when we bowled together in a league. We were both sure that I'd sold it in a garage sale. See? It's fun getting old! It's almost like Christmas, every day of the year. Only not. Quite.


For years I've looked for the pictures from my 1982 trip to NYC (as a chaperone to the Pickwick Players theater group (pre-children days), associated with our local Community Theater), to no avail. Mr. Snoots, bless his soul,  found them. Frankly, he's been pulling junk out of the *old playhouse* for four days. Yes, the very place Felicia the Fox had her pups (underneath) for many years. Someone else had to do it because I certainly wasn't going to. To me, it would be like invading hallowed ground, right? Nah. I just didn't want to get all dirty and covered in spiders, m'kay?




Back then, my best friend was Ozzie Whitten, who was gay. Every woman needs a good gay guy friend. So. Not. Kidding. I adored Ozzie and our trip to New York City was magical. Sadly, he died from Aids (brain cancer) in 1992, but he had already carved a permanent spot in my heart. We did so many things together and they are all such wonderful memories.



Oooooh!We also found many incriminating photos of our days before children. Enough said about that subject. My lips are sealed from this moment on and the evidence has been destroyed...



So, no outstanding fortunes of any kind were found and now we can move on. Hopefully. One out-building down. Two out-buildings and a rented storage unit to go!




Does anyone recognize this lovely shawl I'm sporting on my 1982 trip to NYC?? It has been a yearly staple in my wardrobe since that time, when I purchased it for $250.00. I'd say it was a good investment and I've always guarded it like a hawk. I dearly love this shawl and often buy my wardrobe around it. Good pieces really do last forever.....



That was the same year I did my first Jr. League placement as an Assistant Director for one of the Pickwick plays, and it was a wonderful and enlightening experience. The two real directors of the Pickwick Players were Michael and Elizabeth Spicer, both actors who were implants here from New York. They divorced more than a year later and I don't know what happened to them after that, but they were fun on the trip.




I was able to also meet Mayor Ed Kotch, which was really a treat. I always liked him. He always just seemed like a man of the people...





 On this trip we saw "Evita", "Amadeus", "Pirates of Penzance", "Othello" (with Christopher Plummer & James Earl Jones), and "A Chorus Line" , plus one off-off Broadway show called "Cloud Nine". Now that I've seen the pictures again, it all seems like just yesterday...

7 comments:

Sjn said...

what a great find! I'm off to clean closets too, but more like giving old shoes to goodwill, not as enlightening as your cleaning!

The Incredible Woody said...

You are absolutely right! Every woman needs a good gay friend. Remind me to tell you about (or introduce you to!!) my good friend Alan:)

mommyiscoocoo said...

I LOVE this! I'm afraid I'll have NO surprises for awhile though. I cleaned and reorganized everything over and over during my pregnancies. My husband told our friends, "it's really amazing. i go to sleep and then when i wake up everything is rearranged in different baskets."

Tammy said...

Love, love, love seeing those photos! So cool. Those poker chips are gorgeous, so glad they were not stolen! Can't wait to see what you or Mr. Snoots finds next!

Roan said...

I'm so glad you found your pictures! I love going through my old photo albums. There are so many wonderful memories between those pages. Love the shawl!

Mental P Mama said...

What a treasure trove!!!

imbeingheldhostage said...

How cool!! Finding the photos was a huge bonus. Ed Kotch?! Holy cow, what a life you have had so far!

 

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