Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Watergate Scandal


The Clinton Era lured to Washington the glamorous of Hollywood to mingle with the power elite. The epitome of 1960's architecture, Watergate was the place to be seen. The lifeguard chair was the place to see celebrities. Standard issue red trunks and sunglasses, deep tan and whistle, my brother John made a handsome addition to the scene. How he looked when he arrived to work was another matter altogether.



Fashionably tattered jeans and white tee, old work boots that had seen better days. Much better days. They smelled horridly! For a lifeguard friend who had gotten his own shoes wet and needed a pair for an evening date, they served their purpose, almost. The friend returned them to my brother's locker and called him on the phone, "John, those shoes of yours! Man it got chilly, and I had to turn the heat on in the car. We nearly passed out from the fumes! I put them back in your locker. You can pick them up next weekend."


Arriving to work my brother noticed that his locker was gone. His stuff was gone. The entire locker room was gone! Addressing the Secretary of Scandals he inquired about his locker. Lowering her voice to avoid celebrity overhearers, she began her story.


"John, you will never believe what has happened this week. A celebrity made a complaint that there was a terrible odor coming from the locker room. You know the workmen have been remodeling the spa in the next room. They thought perhaps an animal had gotten into the connecting wall and died. They tore down the connecting wall. Still the smell. They tore down the rest of the locker room walls. No animal, but still the smell was getting worse by the day!"


"Someone figured out the smell might be coming from one of the lockers; so a lock smith was called in to open all of them. Sure enough, the source of the smell was a pair of old shoes. The Executive of Making Sure There Are No Scandals wrote a polite letter and attached it to the shoes."


My brother lowering his voice even lower responded, "Those are my work shoes! I need them for mowing the grass. I gotta have my shoes back. Where are they?" The Secretary responded, "JOHN! Go quickly to the underground garage behind the large dumpster. Look for a triple wrapped garbage bag. Do Not, I repeat, do not open that bag on these premises! You are never ever to breathe a word about this to anyone. The scandal it would cause!"


Last summer was my brothers last year of being a lifeguard in the Washington, DC area. This Watergate Scandal has remained a secret until the telling of this story. I love this story, I love my brother. He still has his very "polite" letter from the Executive written on Watergate letterhead!


 
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18 comments:

Kim K. said...

Oh my goodness. What a hoot. You have the best stories to share about your brother. I completely understand stinky shoes...my former walking cast was pretty ripe!

Happy Tuesday!

Dorothy said...

Enjoyed the story about your brother, John! Also love the pink duckie you made!! ;)
Blessings!

Tammy's in Love said...

Oh E! You tell a story like no one else can! I think you are having too much fun with that baby print and the new little red hatter is way, way too cute! Do you and TSG have something to tell us!?!?

Tammy

Sandy said...

E,
I am just amazed at the wonderful parts of your life you share!!!! Just amazed!!! And your sweet paper clay masterpiece with the Crate Paper we both love!!!!! So cute!!!!! Some lucky new Mom will be tickled if you sell it!!!!! ( Both pieces) Sandy

Jane said...

What a great story!
I see a cute stork and baby things! A hint for your readers?

Sandy said...

E,
Just read your note,
I got the cute clips on Amazon...just put it "plastic bird clips" you get a whole bag of them! :) Sandy

Debby said...

They must have been some stinky shoes. Love your baby things.

Linda Ruthie said...

Your family has its own Watergate Scandal! Great story. I hope you tell your brother how much we enjoy his adventures.

Ina said...

Seriously, only young guys wear smelly shoes/clothes with no hesitation. i married a man who was like that in his younger days. i tried throwing stuff out but he would just go dig it out of the trash! ;p

Thanks for the humorous story. ;p

Shean said...

Your brother's work shoes sound like some of the tennis shoes that I have worn. Love the story.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh how I love this post. You can always lift my spirits!! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment you left me, it is greatly appreciated!
Hugs,
Julie

My Vintage Mending said...

Something about that Watergate that always gets men in trouble....ordered my felt yesterday and some of that sweet paper...smiles...Renee

Shirley Hatfield said...

What an amazing story! Truth is always much more interesting than fiction...and everytime we record one of these stories, it's become a chapter in the family history book. Who says family history has to be dull? Loved it! =D

Shirley Hatfield said...

In response to Ina's comment above...I threw out my husbands raggedy old levi jacket with the blanket lining. :::sigh::: Then I watched the guys on American Pickers buy one in the same condition for 100s of dollars. I guess we have to respect the "man-tiques" as well. =D

laurie -magpie ethel said...

The fact that you have a letter on official Watergate letterhead, only adds to this tale! Classic!

E said...

Your brother must be a real character, I love the stories about his adventures. Having a letter is fabulous, you guys need to create a family book, it would be great given all the stories you share ! Elaine

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Funny! And I'm loving this nursery stuff so much! Such delightful pics! ♥

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