if these are the last days, we better have cash according to Pretty

Last night Pretty and I were watching who’s the greatest of all time on Jeopardy, bemoaning the fact that neither of us will ever make a million dollars answering questions which we might be able to think of the answers to in due time but certainly not so quickly as the three guys who pushed the buttons in lightning speed for the correct responses on the TV. Pretty said speaking of money, we need to get cash out of our bank account.

Like most people (I assume most people although I have no concrete proof) we make our purchases with our bank debit cards these days. Rarely is there any actual cash in either of our possession at home or when we’re out among the masses, but apparently Pretty had been alerted by her Twitter folks that these may be the  “last days” as the result of America’s killing an Iranian general in Baghdad over the weekend.

If these are the last days, she continued, we need to make preparations that include taking money out of the banks which might close as the result of a cyber attack, converting to currency, and hanging on to it for dear life.

Yes, I said jumping on board with any suggestions Pretty recommended for the last days, and let’s make sure we have gasoline in both vehicles at all times in case we need to make a run for it, I added.

What about food? Pretty asked. Hm, I thought. That’s a real problem since neither Pretty nor I ever used any appliance in the kitchen except a microwave to heat the takeout and the refrigerator for storing leftovers from the takeouts.

Evidently Pretty was also worried about the food situation. Never mind, she said, we’ll just buy fast food with our cash.

After Ken Jennings polished off Round 1 of the Jeopardy tournament, I switched to Rachel Maddow but could barely listen to her detailed explanation of the events of the past few days and our country’s precarious position in the Middle East because I was still mulling over our family plans for the last days.

For example, how much cash would we need. Pretty had suggested $500. Was that enough? Too much? Who knew? As for making a run for it with two tanks of gasoline, where in the world was I planning on going? Charleston? Charlotte? Landrum?

Thankfully today tensions appeared to cool after Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes in Iraq yesterday. I will check in tonight with Rachel Maddow after Round 2 of the Jeopardy tournament to try to learn more about the world we live in (for now anyway) and Pretty can revisit with her Twitter peeps to see if they have further suggestions for the last days.

In the mean time, I have a few unrelated pictures of several of the 24 dogs I’ve had in my lifetime – if these are the last days, I want to think of happy ones – and these are some of the happiest.

Stay tuned.

The Red Man and the Old Woman Slow

(in the early days – spring, 2001)

Tennis Ball Obsessed Chelsea, Smokey Lonesome Ollie, and The Red Man

(at Casa de Canterbury, sometime in 2012)

Spike, he who appeared on Worsham Street and never left us

(spring of 2012)


About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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12 Responses to if these are the last days, we better have cash according to Pretty

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    The Red Man as a Baby Dog!!! Squeeeeee!!! ❤️
    When it comes to all our dogs, may our beds be as expansive as our hearts.
    As for Orange Twitler, The American Taliban and The End Times (what a Gospel choir!!!), may they all have their Bank accounts hacked by Iranian whiz kids. Amen.

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  2. I LOVE that your happy times are so connected with your dogs (and Pretty!) ❤

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  3. Luanne says:

    I can’t imagine trying to get out of town in the apocalypse with all this traffic. Maybe I should stock up on cat food.

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    “Yes, I said jumping on board with any suggestions Pretty recommended for the last days, and let’s make sure we have gasoline in both vehicles at all times in case we need to make a run for it, I added.”
    God yes, get away! But to where precisely?
    I love both of you.

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  5. Do you at least know how to use a tin opener? 😀

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  6. Susanne says:

    Those two women from California that we met in Portugal? They were a no show. Our basement and the northern border beckons. Just remember to leave your guns at home but pot is okay and the Yankee dolla is still gold up north. 😉 We have a microwave (with no handle but which we crack open using a knife) and a fridge and other amenities like running water, too. Plus a dog. Mi casa es su casa.

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    • Perfect, Susanne! I just love a funky microwave…no problem about guns. We don’t allow in our home – pot won’t be a problem, either. Bourbon, on the other hand, might be a staple. Keep the light on for us.

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