Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

Quotes I Like

"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where's My Coffee?

Another week of bachelor-hood is coming to an end. I’m ½ hour from leaving to pick Gayle up from the Reno airport. Last month she was gone for a week and this month another week. This time she went to Portland to visit her best friend. I think these breaks are good for her. Being stuck in Greenhorn and the Quincy area might have some pluses, but in terms of social activities it’s like trying to rally the residents of a convalescent home for a pick-up game of basketball.

At least this time she didn’t leave notes all over the house with instruction on how to feed the cats their medicine and reminders to turn off the coffee, although I did find two notes, but I forgot to read them. (I just read one stuck on the front door re: “turn off oven, lock door”, and something else…can’t remember the third instruction) She didn’t even have all my coffee in the right amount already in the filters ready to drop in the pot. I guess she thinks I’m old enough to fend for myself now. Makes me feel like a big boy.

Gayle always leaves a card for me hidden where I’ll find it after she’s gone. I get a kick out of that. Sometimes on my pillow. Sometimes in the refrigerator and once on the toilet. There’s no significance to the toilet thing, except that she knows that sooner or later I’ll make a visit. Frankly, I like all of that.

Gotta get to the airport. More later.


  1. Well Ralph I hope you realize how special your relationship is with Gayle!

    From your comments it sure seems to be a match made by heaven.

  2. Well Malcolm, it's because I treat her so well. I bought her a small snow shovel so she won't hurt her back when she shovels the snow so I can get my car out. And I also bought her a pair of golf shoes so she won't slip when she scrapes the ice off my windshield. It's those little things...

  3. And you thought you were Mr Insensitive!

    Pshaw, Ralph you are the Man!

  4. Ralph - I was hoping Gayle's "notes" would work for you....Claire just seems to laugh at mine.

  5. Inga- Gayle's notes only work if I read them, but with my memory sometimes I forget. If you're writing them in German or Canadian, he probably can't read them. Try Punjabi.