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I have two brothers, one older, one younger. I don’t talk about them much, mostly because I don’t see them all that often. Plus, they are brothers. If you have brothers, you may understand that remark. This time, when I traveled to NM, my older brother picked me up at the airport and I stayed with him overnight. He hasn’t changed. He gave me the wrong phone number for me to call when I got my luggage and he waited in the cell phone lot. Every now and then, he just handily recalls his old phone number, one he had for years, but is not current. I double checked, but he managed to double-cross me twice!

He has a nice house. The guest bedroom happens to be at the front of the house, with the garage light shining into the bedroom. After I was in bed and realized this, I asked if he could turn it off.

“Sure. No problem. I’ll get it.”

Me: “If you show me where it is, I’ll do it.”

Him: “No, I’ll do it. It’s in the garage. Not sure which one it is, but I’ll take care of it.”

I went back to bed. He actually got it turned off in a short amount of time. Sometimes he can wander off and do “other things” for an hour and a half because he’s my brother.

Fifteen minutes later, the garage light came back on. “Do I kill him now or wait for later?” I muttered. Was it on a timer? Probably. I sighed and put the cover over my head.

Next morning, brother asked, “Did you go in the garage after all? The light was on.”

“No. You didn’t show me where the light was located, remember? Is it on a timer or something?”

He pondered. Sipped his coffee. Frowned as though I’d asked him to compute the secret of life. “Oh Wait! I had to go out in the garage later. I think I hit the wrong switch. I must have turned it back on by mistake.”

Seemed like a good time to smack him silly, if you ask me.

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Posted: December 5, 2017


  1. OH YES! I HAVE A BROTHER! I understand and if someone does not have one they cannot. I sympathize Maria. Hope you are at your mom and dads now, where everything is peaceful.

    Comment by tibet — December 5, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

  2. I have 2 brothers as well…. they have been like that in the past but seem to have matured somewhat or maybe because I just don’t count on them anymore. I have 2 sisters as well who are more likely to be counted on… The one brother is however can always be counted on to provide me with some excellent pastrami when I am in NJ (staying at my sister’s house which is not that far away).

    by the way, I accepted the job and will be moving to Vancouver mid January. eventually posted out to somewhere near Kamloops.

    hate leaving NZ but this is my dream job…. if it doesn’t work out, NZ always needs geotechs!

    Comment by Margaret S — December 5, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Margaret, I am so excited for you about the new job! You must stop by and tell us about it when you get there. Vancouver is beautiful. I don’t know where Kamloops is. Just that name sounds like the boonies!

    As long as your brother feeds you good food, he is a good brother!

    Tibet, YES. We sisters understand!!!

    Comment by Maria — December 5, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

  4. Margaret, big congrats on the new job. How many of us can say they are working at their dream job? But then, since it’s your dream job, it won’t be like working at all. 🙂

    No brothers or sisters here. I used to feel the lack but I don’t see much love between siblings. Your family are the friends who love you. And if some of them happen to be brothers or sisters, you’re one of the lucky ones.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — December 6, 2017 @ 8:19 am

  5. Oh, I love my brothers and I’m sure they love me. They are also both giant pains.

    Comment by April — December 6, 2017 @ 9:03 am

  6. With brothers, love ain’t the issue!

    Comment by Maria — December 6, 2017 @ 11:25 am

  7. I had a brother for about 18 hours when I was a little less than 3 so I don’t remember anything about it. I’ve got a cousin who’s about as close as a brother and a couple of friends who are about the same. Growing up I’d alternate between wishing I had siblings like my friends and liking not.

    Comment by Leo — December 6, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

  8. will definitely let you know how it goes in Canada. Kamloops is in the Cascade mountains about 3-4 hrs east of Vancouver. reportedly a vacation hot spot!

    Comment by Margaret S — December 6, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

  9. Margret I am so happy for you and am sure you will not like leaving New Zealand, but a dream job go for it. Congratulations stay in touch.

    Comment by tibet — December 6, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

  10. I’m an only child myself. Sometimes I’m sad I don’t have any siblings and sometimes I’m not. Like now. 😉

    Comment by Benjamin — December 6, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

  11. Just give people the right phone number and turn the lights off and you’ll be JUST fine!!! 🙂

    Comment by Maria — December 6, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

  12. I wish I had a brother. Or a sister. Or any relatives, actually. I have some distant cousins, but we aren’t really in touch. Just when one of the older generation passed on. And now WE are the older generation.

    Margaret, congratulations on the job!! I’ve heard of Kamloops, but never knew exactly where it was, just vaguely that it was somewhere in the vicinity of Vancouver. I hope it turns out to be everything you want it to be.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — December 6, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

  13. Dee, you can borrow either of my brothers anytime. They don’t stay in touch either however. The do answer most emails, but if you have a question, they answer some other question. Or leave it in half a sentence so you wonder if they were kidnapped in the middle of writing it or if their attention wandered off.

    Comment by Maria — December 7, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

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