1586. In pursuit of happiness

When Noreen married Hank it was so exciting. They had a little nest egg put away, and although both had reasonably stable jobs (Noreen was a cook and Hank was a carpenter) they spent hours discussing what they might do together to be self-employed and earn a living.

In the end it boiled down to two options: they could buy a tavern or they could buy a Bed and Breakfast. Noreen was not overly keen on the tavern, mainly because she had never been in a tavern in her entire life, let alone drink alcohol other than a wee wine mixed with a little water. On the other hand, being a cook she could whip up a storm for breakfast. Hank wasn’t too keen on having to make beds all day and sometimes cook, but Noreen assured him that she would cook and make the beds and his job was to maintain the gardens and buildings. What could be better? A Bed and Breakfast it was!

As if it had been made for them, a rural business came up for sale next to fields of wild flowers, next to a lake, next to a mountain. The sellers assured Noreen and Hank that business flourished, especially when hordes of visitors came over the summer. The Bed and Breakfast was purchased.

At the time of taking over, winter was approaching. The tourist season was over. Noreen discovered she was pregnant. Hank put his back out while creating an herb garden. Spring and summer arrived. Wife and husband were incapacitated. They couldn’t afford to hire help. They argued. Noreen lost the baby. They separated. They divorced. They sold the business for next to nothing. Each went their own way. Each have lived a miserable life since.

That’s the way things go when all turns to slush. Hank can’t cook, is grossly overweight, and lives on hamburgers and fish and chips. Noreen is a raging alcoholic and drinks herself silly every night. Let’s hope they don’t die before they find happiness.

43 thoughts on “1586. In pursuit of happiness

  1. umashankar

    There are two ways to look at this engrossing, albeit saddening story. One is destiny, the other is misplaced optimism. But, hey, I don’t have to critique a story when the departure of my flight is being announced!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – it’s not a very happy story! My 1600th story coming up in a couple of weeks follows the stream near my house from its source to the sea. Not as big as your Mississippi – so it must be something in the air!

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  2. observationblogger

    The couple with the bed and breakfast now must be laughing all the way to the bank. They have probably bought two others since and currently wining and dining on the QE2. It wouldn’t have happened without Noreen and Hank’s help.

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          1. observationblogger

            That makes me laugh you have the date already set so far ahead. God bless your imagination. That reminds me I’m WP scheduled up to the 21st of August so the next post due is on the 22nd and it will entail reflections on another book quote. I expect I’ll complete that tonight. Our conversations have set my WP editor alight. I just hope I don’t develop an OCD. Well, I guess there are worse things to be obsessed by.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              That’s great news! One of the traps of being ahead is thinking that since the one I’ve just written is really good I’ll post it today as a second one. Before you know it, you’re back to scrambling to get something ready for tomorrow.

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              1. observationblogger

                I’m not far enough ahead like you to go posting prematurely and left scrambling for posts to write or rescheduling everything again. Why would you be scrambling for something to write tomorrow if you are nearly two months ahead anyway?

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                  1. observationblogger

                    I feel compelled to ask Bruce are you the sort of person who does somersaults when they hear Christmas carols in late November or are you a Scroogeish like me. I’m gathering the former. Oh BTW there is no right or wrong answer Haha.

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                    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      Our Xmas decorations (along with Xmas carols) appear on American Thanksgiving when we spend all day roasting a turkey and decorating the Xmas tree. All are returned to their boxes for storage (including the Xmas carols) on January 6th – the feast of the Epiphany when the 3 Kings arrived – when we spend all day baking and eating Belgium Epiphany Pie! We do “silly” things like that throughout the year, e.g. last Sunday we celebrated Russian Railway Workers Day and spent most of the day making a full Russian Feast which was so nice that we repeated the recipes on Tuesday (we did!!) Today we are doing something different for a change – I managed to get a pig’s head and we’re having it for dinner (for no reason) except we don’t have an apple for its mouth so we are using a lemon!! I haven’t done a pig’s head before!

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                    2. observationblogger

                      Wow, you guys go the whole 9 yards like the Colombians with XMAS. I applaud you. So you also celebrate Thanksgiving as well. That’s lovely, why not? You must have a wonderful family with fantastic memories tied to those occasions. It doesn’t surprise me given your highly creative stories, that this inventiveness streak carries over to how you enrich your time with family. Btw, the Colombians sometimes do a pig’s head (the body is stuffed with a meal called ‘lechona’) to celebrate big family events.. Let me know how your pig’s head turned out.

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                    3. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      I shall investigate ‘lechona’ for future possible use. The pig’s head turned out ok – a bit bland. I might get another one over summer and make brawn for a cold meal. I’m not that highly creative – about once a month/fortnight I do a meal (as best I can) from a different country – going through them alphabetically – because I’m generally bored shitless! The next one on the list is Tajikistan – if you have any favourite recipes tucked away from that country! There are only two of us here – and if there’s ever a “gathering” the menu suddenly becomes massively ordinary!

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                    4. observationblogger

                      You sound a 100 times more creative than me with respect to cooking. If you do a new monthly meal from another country that puts you in the creative cooking class to my mind. I can’t imagine you being anything but that in all your pursuits. I’m blowing wind up a kiwi, I’ve obviously lost my mind. haha.

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                    5. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      I’m nut very gud at using the O. Surry about the misspelling. It’s the way I tork! I’m having an educational day – I just learnt to spell Caribbean without having to look it up!

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  3. observationblogger

    I thought I was on Instagram there for a minute reading your message. I’m exaggerating of course Colombians are accustomed to reading Colombia mispelt by naive Americans Jaja. They wouldn’t do that which I mentioned because you have more money and could be of service until your ultimate demise haha. Your spelling teacher must have been a real looney. Hehe

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I’m utterly unfamiliar with Instagram, Tweeting, Facebook, and the lot of nonsensical scallywaggery that people espouse. I still write letters long hand – which when I finished teaching 3 years ago the students could no longer read when I wrote on the whiteboard. – not because I scribbled but because it was longhand. I don’t criticise it, but people don’t realize how the world had changed. Anyway… I hate being out of touch…

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      1. observationblogger

        I don’t use those apps either Bruce and I was being facetious of course. Like you my wordpress blog is my only foray into the social media world. I admire that you still write letters long hand. It must be a real delight for the recipient to receive your letters in ink. That reminds me…In another post I wrote quoting Carlo Rovelli from his speech, ‘The Physics and Philosophy of Time’ – ‘There is nothing else that distinguishes this past and future except this entropy. So the reason we have traces in the past if nothing else is because of entropy. There had to be some heat, some disorder at some point. So a 15th century monk wrote a text, but if it were not for friction from the paper the ink would not have been captured. The friction produces a little bit of heat so there is disorder, but resulting from high order.’

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              1. Nitin

                I’m a total scaredy-cat. I’m even afraid of posting controversial material here. I live in a constant state of neurosis like Woody Allen in his movies! The caffeine doesn’t help one bit!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      If you’re after popularity then pester people all you like. If you want people to genuinely read and appreciate your blog, then quietly post and wait. You might get a couple of hundred readers in a year. That’s a couple of hundred more than you’ll get from collecting likes. Remember – most likes are from people who want likes not from people who have even read what you wrote. So in the end, either go for shallow popularity or go for a genuine readership.

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