that's a bad joke.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

The man with the beer gut, and the aviator glasses always leaned in a little too close.  His breath smelled like cigarettes, and he told bad, jokes.  Yeah, sure the jokes were funny, but they were bad, truly bad.  When he laughed, he laughed raucously and loud, and I could see the gold crowns glinting in the back of his mouth.  The way back.

He was old... easily 40 years old, maybe more. Sheesh, parent's friends.

________________________ 10 years.

The man with the beer gut was back, more gut, less hair.  But the jokes were the same.  Still bad, and less funny.  But his laugh was contagious, and I laughed along, almost unwillingly.  He slapped me on the back (owch, too hard). , and told my father that he had a nice young man for a son.  Almost like-able.  In fact dad seems to like him and dad is a pretty good judge of character. And yet, somehow, he's endearing... for an old dude.

________________________ another ten years.

And there he is again, coming through the crowd, with laser-like focus right toward me.  More bad jokes, more back slapping... a few new jokes, but still bad.  The gut is smaller, and his red hair has grayed a bit, and moved further back on his scalp.  Wow, that's a lot of forehead.  The laugh is still just as loud and raucous. Dad laughs along with him.  I kinda like him.. he doesn't look through me, like most of my parent's friends.  He doesn't talk down.

________________________ only five years

This time, the loud red haired guy with the jokes isn't there.  Dad says he's home sick.  Phew, dodged a bullet there.

________________________ a few more years

Okay, I was too lucky... he's back, but he's finally lost a little weight, and the gut seems gone, and he's wearing a beret.  Seriously, a beret? Who wears a beret?  I mean dad has gone through his cowboy hat phase, and then his captain's hat phase, as he's aged.. but a beret??He's still telling all those jokes... with a vengeance.  Everyone is laughing, but his wife seems overly quiet.  Maybe she's tired of all those questions.

You know.. he's getting a little funnier... and dad seems to really like him.

________________________ and another few years

Dads long gone, and I haven't seen the man in the beret for years. I only had to tolerate him for dad... he was dad's friend.

________________________ today

I learned that beret-dude passed away yesterday, after fighting years of all sorts of narsty... you've heard the words that represent those narsties. He told the doctor to withhold any treatments.


Man, that's a bad joke, and it's not funny.   I phoned mom to let her know... she cried.

Jack Age 80, of Chicago, beloved husband for 54 years; loving father; extraordinary grandpa and brother; dear brother-in-law; treasured uncle, cousin and friend of many. Service Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers......

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that's not funny!

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Cindy Westfall
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Alan, I love that you have a lifetime of memories of Jack. To Cigars, bad jokes and good friends. Your tribute is beautiful.

Mar 29, 2011 04:53 PM #11
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Funny how we reflect back to years gone bye. It seems easy to remenice about those "old people" we knew for so long, and the impact they made on our lives. The story reminds me of how blessed I have been for knowing those who I have met.

Thanks for the post Alan.

Mar 29, 2011 06:46 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
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What a wonderful testimonial to Jack; I'm sure he's got them guffawing in the afterlife.  He might have been the master of bad jokes, but that made him him!  I think this goes to tell us to appreciate people in their entirety, bad jokes & all.

Thanks for sharing.

Mar 29, 2011 11:53 PM #13
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Peg - there will be plenty of people speaking at this one.

Leslie - I know, we're of that age...

Jack - I wouldn't if I could.

Larry - I always have to do it in my own way... don't I?

Cindy - I do what I can... I'll have a cigar in his honour this weekend.

Tom - it is funny, isn't he.  He was part of the background of my life... always there... until he's not.

Kathleen - and I can already hear him about attending the funeral... "Don't come to this... it's boring... alot of old people crying.  Don't come to that... go home, hug your family!!"

Mar 30, 2011 01:02 AM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Alan, our condolences of the loss of your friend.  Hopefully in a much better place now.

Mar 30, 2011 01:06 AM #15
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Alan - my condolences...  what a lovely tribute.. endearing, warm and from the heart.. Best, G

Mar 30, 2011 01:39 AM #16
Mitch Gover - Orlando, FL

Very thoughtful of you to post Alan.  You gotta love old guys.  It's great how many just seem to give less of a crap as they age.  It makes them even more interesting.  I think they call it wisdom. 

Mar 30, 2011 03:23 AM #17
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
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Sorry for the loss. Sounds like he lived a rich, full life though.

Mar 30, 2011 03:40 AM #18
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
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You are REALLY a talented writer. This is a wonderful tribute to a life....and your interaction with it. What struck me is the passing of time and how one man moved through your life....and now is gone. Just a reminder to all of us..not that you wanted to spend more time with him...but that time passes and changes, and we need to be aware of it.

Mar 30, 2011 05:15 AM #19
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Gabe - thank you.

Gay - definitely from the heart.

Mitch - you gotta love old guys... ('cause I'm one of 'em, now!)

Doug - I surely hope so.

Karen - that's exactly how it is... he passed in and out of my life, on the heels of my father.

Mar 30, 2011 07:47 AM #20
Kerrie La Guardia
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I'm sorry for your loss Alan....your wonderful post is a tear-jerking story.  xoxoxo

Mar 30, 2011 08:33 AM #21
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Kerrie - thanks, it's very sad.

Mar 30, 2011 11:02 AM #22
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I knew a lot of "Jacks", my dad was a jokster and people loved to be around him.  Dad passed 6 years ago, and I get a twinge every time I read that another one of his cohorts has passed.  I imagine them all having a grand time and laughing up a storm together up in heaven.

Mar 30, 2011 11:55 AM #23
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Janna - me, too.  They're all together, telling bad jokes, laughing too loud, drinking martinis and jack daniels... still talkin' about their prostates, women and golf... (although not necessarily in that order).

Mar 30, 2011 12:16 PM #24
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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David - I do what I can, David.  I do what I can.

Mar 31, 2011 12:54 AM #26
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Good evening, Alan. I liked this. Featured in Blogs Happens...

Mar 31, 2011 02:33 PM #27
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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alan, i was prepared for funny, not for tears. just the same, a true emotion and equally as important. thank you for always delivering the "goods" no matter how they come.

Mar 31, 2011 05:28 PM #28
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Michael - thank you.

Gayle - it's good to have a little mystery in our relationship.

Apr 01, 2011 01:24 AM #29
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Alan, this is great and from the heart. We are all lucky that you were able to share a part of Jack with us.

Dec 29, 2011 05:25 AM #30
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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David & Bonnie - Jack would have liked to have been shared.

Dec 29, 2011 05:27 AM #31
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