A charming little story this week at BeadFX

I was sitting at my favourite watering hole – the Antiqued Gold Anchor. It’s called the Anchor because it is a-weigh down by the water. I was nursing a drink at the bar – poor little drinky-poo – I don’t think it’s gonna pull through.

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The bar is so old that the bartender is listed in the antiques price guide. I was contemplating the arrow of time, and the damage it had ravaged on my life. You want to talk about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Sister, I could spin you a tale.

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Suddenly – the door bangs open, and in walks this Dame. She’s an Eiffel alright.

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She really is a dame too – she got all recognized up for her charitable works – they call ’em Dames instead of Sirs. Dame Dam. Her family owns the local water works.

She’s an old friend of mine, and we’re usually on good terms, but now she charges on over like a herd of elephants. Well – I guess like a herd of elephants. I mean, I’ve seen elephants, but I’m not sure I’ve heard them. Must take a pretty gutsy person to herd elephants.

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She charged right on over like she was holding a credit card, and just like a bolt out of the blue – slapped me right upside the head.

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Knocked me back so hard I saw stars.

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That’s a hellaphant way to broach a subject, I said, massaging my jaw.

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I oughta cuff you again, she said. Right up the centerline.

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“Damn, Dame Dam,” I said, ” I charge extra for that sort of thing!”

“You told the vicar you were going to link me up with him and the Millers for a foursome.”

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“Yes – I did,” I said, still pulling myself together. “Remember, you asked me to teach you to play golf.”

She glared at me.

Links? – link up? – golf is played on links – it’s a joke.”

She continued to glare at me for while. Then she started to laugh. She threw her head back and howled with laughter. She laughed so hard that the tears rolled down her face. She put her head on her arms on the bar and laughed until she could barely stand. And you know, you just can’t be around someone laughing like that without it rubbing off – and so I started laughing, and then the bartender, and the old couple in the corner and possibly even some folks at the bus stop outside. It was some laughter.

Finally, she stopped laughing and wiped her eyes.

“Bartender,” she said, and she uttered a my favourite phrase in the English language – “A round for everyone, on me.”

I climbed back onto my barstool, inspected my sickly drink, say my final goodbyes to it, and put it out of it’s misery. The bartender sloshed in a re-fill and I turned and lifted my drink in a toast to the Dame.

“Dame Dam,” I said – “Next time you don’t care for my comments, just moon me instead. It’ll hurt a lot less.”

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“Well,” she replied, clinking my glass, “Next time you make a joke, try and be more charming.”


Sale – Assorted Supplies 20% off

Supplies – what are “supplies?” Isn’t all of this “supplies?” Well – you make a good point – but generally – we use the term “supplies” to refer to stuff that you get for more than one project. Like spools of beading wire and thread. Glue. Wire. It’s not a perfect system – but we’re open to suggestions. Anyhoo – 20% off this category of stuff until July 12th!


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