Slim Randles' Home Country
An old friend turns up at a yard sale
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[August 14, 2010]
hassled, red-faced man cruising the neighborhood Saturday morning in
the pickup truck is good ol' Bert, of course. It's a Saturday in
summer, which means only one thing in our part of the country --
yard sales. That's why the charming lady riding next to him, his
wife, Maizie, was wearing a big grin.
"There's one, Bert," she said. "On the right.
Pull over and park."
It took Maizie almost 20 minutes to work her
way up the driveway. There were three boxes of paperback books to go
through first, then a shelf full of various knobs.
"I'll ask them what these knobs are for," Maizie said.
"Don't do it," replied Bert. "If you have to ask, we don't need
What Bert forgot to say was that he didn't want to admit to the
Johnsons, whose yard sale this was, that he didn't know what those
knobs of theirs actually did.
After two paperback books, there was a little stack of doilies to
"We don't need doilies," Bert said.
"Hush!" said Maizie. "People will think you aren't friendly."
Then she spotted the lamp.
It was only five bucks, and it was a golden brown like a big fat
vase and had a nice amber shade on it.
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"Oh, Bert," Maizie said. "It's a lot like the one we used to
have. Remember that one? It used to sit on the end table closest to
the door to your den. I really miss that lamp. Let's get this one,
Bert. It'll remind us of the one we used to have, OK?"
"It is kinda nice," Bert agreed.
Maizie bought it and Bert loaded it in the pickup, along with the
new ironing board, game cartridge for the grandkids, plant pots for
the geraniums, dishes for Maizie's dish collection, a serving spoon
holder from Niagara Falls, and a five-gallon milk can to put
When they got home and were unloading, Bert noticed Maizie's
initials on the bottom of the new table lamp. Didn't the Johnsons
buy this from them in their yard sale about 10 years ago?
Oh well, nothing shines like a new lamp, and Bert might be tired
of yard-saling, but he is still gentleman enough not to spoil it for
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