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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Welcome Pioneer Woman Fans

A VNL (Very Nice Lady) named Kelly Jean, with whom I share the common bond of laughing ourselves silly over at Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, written by an unnamed lady by the name of Ree, the Pioneer Woman. She tagged me in one of them MeMe deals in which you're supposed to tell seven interesting facts about yourself, and then tag some others.

Since I only get things half right anyway, and since I can't figure out how to tell you 3-1/2 things, I guess I'll tell you seven things and skip the tag thing.

Besides, I don't have seven friends that I can remember.

Fact #1: I was asked preach once, first time ever, and it was in Haiti. Atop a mountain. Through an interpreter.

Fact #2: The first time I met my sweetheart (Peg), I turned to the man who introduced us (after she'd walked away) and said "I'm going to marry her."

Fact #3: I did.

Fact #4: I once gave Paul Newman an autograph. You'll have to ask if you want to know about that one.

Fact #5: I nearly died when I was 18 mos old (that was in 1939). 106 degree temp, mastoid infection, pneumonia. Doctor gave up and said they couldn't do anything else. Mom called a friend who was a Christian Scientist (which means that's the church she didn't go to); a reader came, was alone with me for an hour, came out at 10:30 and said to look for improvement "tomorrow". I woke up from a coma at midnight and asked for ice cream.

Fact #6: I am my own second step-cousin. Once removed, I think. Ditto the instructions for #4.

Fact #7: I once built a car. In my garage. Took a year. Prettiest car I ever saw.


At 9:53 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Julie said...

OK, I'm asking. Whose autograph did you give to Paul Newman? : )

At 10:22 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...


Thanks for dropping in and reading. Being the cooperative soul I am (I was a compliant child), I am happy to oblige.


Any other questions?


At 10:42 PM, November 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too request the story of your autograph! And I have one other question for you- That's a collie in your gravatar, do you have a collie? I have one his name is Quinn. He is the most loving docile creature I have ever owned.

At 10:49 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Ang (and Julie),

OK. I was coming back to Birmingham from Laguardia and he'd gotten on the same plane I was on, to Atlanta. I'd read a car magazine that mentioned him (he was a good sports car driver but had started late in life, they said); I had some stuff in the back of the plane to retrieve so had to wait until everyone got off, to go get it. When he filed past me, I signed the magazine and gave it to him. Said they mentioned he was good but he was old.

He didn't look very happy.

At 10:52 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Oh, Ang .. that's a big ceramic statue of a collie. My mom made it maybe 20 years ago an I inherited it. I haven't named him, but he sits in our entry hall.

I'm kind of known in the SBC for my pink hat, which is why I put one on him, too.

At 11:43 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger KellyJean said...

You are a mighty interesting old dude, Bob Cleveland.

At 11:49 PM, November 29, 2007, Blogger Junebug said...

Hi Bob,
You already answered my question. Glad to hear that you are well. :D

At 6:25 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...


Thanks. I was glad to hear it myself.


Interesting: I suppose so.
Old: definitely.
Mighty: it's interesting you say that. My nick on the web is MightyFowl. That's from Isaiah 40:31 ... it was either Mighty Fowl or Sturdy Birdy.
I am, however, not to sure about dudeness. As that because I have a couple pair of cowboy boots?

At 7:21 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger kfk said...

I think you should explain your comment over at Ree's place. I'm VERY intrigued by the TWO GALLONS of mustard, the stripper and the firecracker. Do tell!

At 7:41 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...


Uhh ... like I said, the rumors are NOT true. Yeh .. that's it. They're not true.

Besides, the Washington Post isn't ALWAYS right, are they? And can't photos be doctored?

Yeh .. that's my story and I'm stickin to it. Well, mustard IS sticky.

At 8:30 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger kfk said...

No, the Washington Post isn't always right. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this time they are. Off to get my "archived" copies out of the recycling bin. Now, what day can I find this story?

At 8:43 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Your tag sent a lot of people to my site. Thanks Bob!


Thanks for the phone call. I appreciate your friendship

At 8:46 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

hmmm .. Did I say Washington Post? I must have meant Chicago Herald-American.

Yup. That's it. The Herald-American.

I think they ran it April 31, 2007. I remember it like it was tomorrow.

At 8:50 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...


Y'welcome. They must have linked over. Long story about me & the Pioneer Woman.

I'll email you.

At 12:13 PM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Humble Origins said...

...Hello Bob! Now you really are gonna get us to wonderin', long story about you and PW? Oh, that's a def' "do tell"... lol ;o)

...Glad to hear that you're okay! Love your comments - you're a HOOT! lol...

...Blessings :o)

At 1:08 PM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Hi, Humble Origins. I was going to say HO but thought better of it.

Although i see you ARE a "rug hooker" ...

I better shut up.

As far as the long story, are you saying she never mentioned an episode at college with a fat guy and a drunken orangutan? I'm disappointed.

At 1:53 PM, December 13, 2007, Blogger Ok, Where Was I? said...

Wait, no one asked about fact #6?! Maybe I'm just too rural (or come to think of it, maybe not enough), but lineage quirks make me want to know more. I know I'm late to the discussion, but I just linked here from PW b/c I loved the comment about not getting near any of her ropes. So if you're still willing, love to hear the explanation on that one.

At 2:22 PM, December 13, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

I have typed and erased this three times so far, so I will just tell you what happened. YOU figure it out.

My dad's dad died. My dad's dad's brother died. Per a pre-arrangement, my granddad supported his widowed sister-in-law. After several years of that, the got to dating, and finally married. So...

My great-uncle became my grandfather.
My father became a step-brother to his cousin.
My father's cousin became my step-uncle.
I became a step-nephew to my dad's cousin.
My dad's cousin's children (my second cousins)became my step-cousins.

Uhh .... go figure.

No .. I mean it .. if you figure it out. let me know.

At 1:58 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger foolery said...

You are delightful, Mr. Bob! I have enjoyed your bons mots at P-Dub's site for a couple of months now, and I think some other places I read as well. I had to find a post with a light-hearted theme to comment on; it didn't seem right to leave a ditzy comment on your most recent post, your gut-wrenching poem about abortion.

Thanks for dropping by my site!

Laurie the Dullard @ foolery

At 2:12 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for stopping by, and for the kind words.

Dullard and foolery may be in your vocabulary, but they're not on your resume'. If I have any preceptive ability at all, I know I'm right about that.

As they said of my Uncle Wilbur, on the occasion of his pouring a vat of pickle juice down the side of a hill....

Dill water runs steep.



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