First-time readers, this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments. 

Scene: JC, Greenie, and Jordan sitting outside at a restaurant near Jordan’s office.  Con’t from #169.

092615_2031_Characters2.jpgGreenie: “Boy, you were away a long time. JC and I thought you didn’t love us anymore.”

Jordan: “Apologies for the interruption. Two calls.”

JC: “Good ones, I hope.”

Jordan: “One good and one bad.”

Greenie: “By the look on your face, the bad one was personal. Wanna talk?”

Jordan: “The news was not unexpected and you know what’s going to happen…but still.”

092615_2031_Characters1.jpgJC: “Anyone we know?”

Jordan: “You know Mr. Clydesdale, right?”

JC: “The one you call ‘Nine Lives’?”

Jordan: “That’s the one. He’s in hospice care and that’s never a good sign.”

Greenie: “Why do you call this guy ‘Nine Lives.’? He sounds fascinating.”

TurtleneckJordan: “He’s also known as ‘Big Cat.'”

Greenie: “I love it. ‘Big Cat Clydesdale.’ What a great name. Tell me more about him.”

Jordan: “You really want to know?”

JC: “Yes. Greenie, hearing about Big Cat sounds a lot more exciting than listening to the usual drivel from the male companion in our presence.”

Jordan: “You know, JC, you have a way of making a guy feel great.”

Greenie: “First, how’d you meet Big Cat?”

Jordan: “Our Chavurah. And since that group meets at least once per month, we’ve had a chance to hear some stories.”

JC: “OK, so tell us a couple of stories. I mean, like what kind of jobs has Big Cat had?”

PoliceJordan: “The ones I remember – policeman in Miami. A nurse, I think in the south as well.”

Greenie: “A male nurse? When? Big Cat’s how old?”

JC: “In his eighties for sure.”

Jordan: “Probably 85, 86. He was a nurse more than 50 years ago.”

Greenie: “Way ahead of his time. But why a nurse?”

Jordan: “Never has said but it might have been as a way to meet women.”

Greenie: “Keep going. What other jobs?”

Jordan: “Hospital administrator – upstate New York, I think. I know there are more jobs but I don’t remember the details.  He was also a certified master gardener and participated in local theater.”

JC: “Wow.  What a range of skills.  Was he married?”

Jordan: “Yes, and his last marriage lasted 40+ years.”

Greenie: “So there were other marriages I take it?”

Jordan: “Several others.”

hand-hiGreenie: “Just how many is ‘several’?”

Jordan: “Hold up your hand. How many fingers do you see?”

Greenie: “Five…as in five others?”

JC: “I thought I pushed the envelope for the number of marriages. Big Cat is in a different league.”

Greenie: “I do find it fascinating that the sixth marriage lasted so long. She must be quite a woman.”

Jordan: “All in the Chavurah agree. Somehow they were the perfect match.”

JC: “I take it there are some interesting stories associated with those other marriages. Anything you can share?”

Jordan: “One that sticks out but I’m not sure the situation ever resulted in a marriage.”

Greenie: “Do I really want to hear this?”

gas station_~u19028267Jordan: “It’s clean…and besides JC asked. Scene: gas station in south Florida and woman refilling tank. Not sure if Big Cat the attendant or another customer. Anyway, Big Cat and woman start a conversation with him asking ‘Where you headed?’ She responds Michigan…no I think Wisconsin. Then in short order, she asks if he wants to join her on the trip.”

JC: “Of course, he agrees, right?”

Jordan: “He parks his car in a grocery store parking lot and off they go.”

Greenie: “How many stories are there like this?”

Jordan: “Endless. By the way, I just got a text that he didn’t make it.”

122913_1337_14BringingU2.pngJC: “That’s too bad. What a wonderful character and what a life. Here’s a toast to Big Cat Clydesdale. May his memory be a blessing.”

Jordan: “Thanks, JC. I’m sure Big Cat would appreciate the toast.”

(Conversation at restaurant to be continued.)