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… and so we continue.

Now, when Ed and Sally were first married, just as The Badness was beginning (but before anyone realized The Badness had started), the lived in bliss in a cute apartment in Nutsville, IL. Now like all times of bliss, it was peppered with the occasional massive earwig infestation (also called The Great Earwig Infestation of 2003). During these tribulations, Ed was a dedicated and brave husband. In one night he destroyed 19 of these nasty nasties in their master bedroom. Awww – isn’t he dreamy? So close to Sir Lancelot, yet, Sir Lancelot probably never had to deal with Earwigs.

The Bliss was not meant to last, though – as many eras of The Bliss do not last. Ed, who had been teaching people to fly, was finally offered a “real” flying gig at Dairy Air in The Good Landville, WI. Packing up their toothbrushes and deoderant, and a few other small items, Ed and Sally roared off into the great North Woods of Wisconsin.

Sally started a new job in The Good Landville selling pills that were not regulated by the FDA, but that promised significant health benefits. Call it shady, call it voo-doo, but it paid the bills. And Ed never questioned that all of her paychecks were delivered directly to her dresser in the morning. Maybe he didn’t question it because love is blind and herpes is often dormant for long periods of time?

While Sally was mastering her craft, Ed was learning how to land airplanes at exotic destinations, like Escanaba and Iron Mountain. Dairy Air serviced only the hottest destinations in the North Woods. And with the demanding schedule of a “real” airline pilot, Ed sometimes worked as much as 1 1/2 hours that first few months of aviating.

So what did Ed do with all of that free time?

More on that later.

~to be continued…

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*The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

This is my story of Ed and Sally. It’s a simple story of love during the time of the economic melt down, which will hereto refer to as The Badness.

During the time of The Badness, Ed met Sally. Ed was a really swell guy. He was very tall and handsome with a stern brow and easy smile. Sally was also swell, but with less of a stern brow as she consorted with beauticians to “take care of that sort of thing.”

It was love at first sight. Well, mostly at first sight. They played hard to get with one another for a long time before they realized they were getting no where. Once they realized that they were getting no where with the hard-to-get biz, they decided to get married.

Ed is a pilot and he likes to fish. Sometimes he takes his 717 low over small lakes and rivers to see where the fish are hanging out. Some call it cheating, but the FAA calls it dangerous. It doesn’t matter though; with his keen sense of vision and amazing olfactory abilities, he is a fishing force even when he isn’t bringing old Betsy (his 717) low over the trees in the great wooded north of Illinois.

Sally is in business (and no, this is not shorthand for prostitute – she really works in the corporate world) and she likes to dance. She has taken the statement “Dance like no one is watching” to unfortunate new levels and has been restricted to dancing at home, in the dark, with the drapes closed. But she does dance and that is important.

Our adventures really begin when Ed and Sally got married and moved to the great state of Wisconsin. More on that later.

~to be continued….

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