Wednesday, December 3, 2008


The Grandy family typically goes camping every year for Thanksgiving. For at least the last 7 years we have had turkey in our trailer, at one desert or another. It was perfect! We would order one of those turkey dinners from the store, it would fit perfectly in our oven, and we would feast.

Don't believe me? Take a gander at this pic (taken with Grandy's cell phone; pre-beautiful-camera days)...

Blackened Batcave BATMAN!!! Grandy just realized this pic was taken July 2007. About 18 months and 80 pounds ago...That WAS Grandy's ass on that Quad.

More importantly (no really, get your eyes of the "artist formerly known as" Grandy-Ass) please note my Trailer behind me.

The Grandys LOVED that trailer. It was our main mode of vacationing. Then...Grandy got whiny and started saying stupid stuff like, "It would be nice if we could take a where I wasn't surrounded by nothing but dirt."

Well, Grandy got her wish! (stupid Grandy) Last Thanksgiving we noticed a soft spot on the floor of the trailer. Uh-Oh! Better take it in!! We have really good trailer insurance (of course we do, Grandy works in Insurance) and they'll take care of it.

Well...we take the trailer in. Months go by...surgeries happen...more stuff trailer yet...Guess what folks! Grandy's trailer ends up being a TOTAL LOSS!!

"WHAT?!?" I know you're asking yourself.

It's true though. That soft spot on the floor was just the start. Apparently water had gotten in and completely rotted out most of the floor under the bed and in spots where we had not known it. We were fortunate because the trailer was covered, and in retrospect, I suppose it was better to find out this way rather than losing our bed on the interstate.

The Grandys had to cancel their Easter 2008 trip to Nevada, their July 2008 trip to Oregon, couldn't take our few trips to Dillon's Beach to go crabbing, etc. By the time Thanksgiving was upon us, we decided we weren't going to let the fact that we didn't have a trailer keep us completely off the dirt. Poor Ty had missed out on some good riding time.

So...Grandy rented a room at a hotel in Reno (which is about 20 miles away from where all our peeps were camping) and checked in about 11:00pm on Thanksgiving. Grandy couldn't sleep that night, the whole holiday just wasn't the same.

The next morning Grandy gets up, feeds her addiction, and slowly makes her way out to the vehicle (pouting), where we have all the bikes tied up on a flat trailer.

As they approach the vehicle, Grandy notices a yellow slip on the windshield. Too big for a ticket? Too small for a flyer? There was one on a truck parked next to us that had a U-Haul trailer attached to it. It was the security guard slip reiterating the parking policy. They tried to say we were blocking another space, and the aisle way, and we couldn't park there. We absolutely were not, we parked WAY OUT to make sure we didn't block anyone (the Grandys are good that way) and were not blocking any aisles.

"What a BOOB!" Grandy says to Hubby while reading the notice. appears! The most hysterical coincidence EVER!! It truly made the rest of my day and snapped me out of my stupid pout.

Grandy notices the name of the officer:

a·re·o·la - (ə-rē'ə-lə) - Anatomy; small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite.


Not getting to do your traditional Thanksgiving in your trailer? = SUCKY

Getting a parking notice from a putz security guard with too much time on his hands? = SUCKY

Same putz having a name that is an anatomical part of the boobie? = PRICELESS


happpilyretiredgal said...

LOL ... You certainly know how to spin a tale as you share an anecdote. I'm sorry about the loss of your trailer and the ticket, but happy you had a 'different' experience for Thanksgiving this year. It did make a wonderful post this morning.

Thanks for dropping by my 'newest' blog. Yez ... I'm cRaZy, and I offer no excuses other than paranoia and curiosity.
Hugs and blessings,

LadyJava said...

hahhahaha.... LOL!!! You're so funny Grandy!!

Joyce-Anne said...

I love the way you tell stories. However, you do realize that you are the only one that this could ever happen to...Officer Arriola. heehee

Deanna said...

if my husband read blogs other than mine, he'd get an even bigger chuckle outta this than I did.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My kids would love to toy shop with you.

Christina said...

Only you. Hah!

Suzanne said...

Nugget Security? As in Butt nugget?

Too funny!

Tricia said...

I'm so glad you still got to take a trip for Thanksgiving, and you're right...the boob of a ticket giver...priceless.

Mike said...

I've got a bunch of friends who are "desert rats" just like your family. Long weekends and holidays they are out with the bikes and quads.

I always love to hear the stories when they come back and make sure that they still have all of their body parts attached...

XUP said...

No wonder he's going around giving out tickets

Momisodes said...

ROFL!!! You are a master storyteller :)

I just love that silver lining ;)

Mrs. F said...

Oh my gosh, you are sooo funny. That IS priceless!

Mariuca said...


Hi Grandy! You’re invited to join me on a BEARY-special meme, have fun! :D

phd in yogurtry said...

the name that made him too afraid of the police academy!

jess said...

omg this tickled my funny bone. i cannnot quit giggling.

so so sorry about your trailer. what a huge bummer.

Grandy said...

HRG~ Hope it's alright if I call you that, storyteller. ;) Glad you liked the tale.

LJ~ :)

Joyce-Anne~ Of course I realize that, silly!!

Deanna~ Just print it and share it with him. ;)

Jenn~ It's shopping with my hubby they would love, I promise.

Grandy said...

Christina~ I know, I know.

Suzanne~ EXACTLY like butt nugget!!!

Tricia~ It was a good time.

Mike~ I'm usually the one on the "transport to the ER" crew. I'm the expert at it.

Xup~ I KNOW!!

Grandy said...

Sandy~ You know how I enjoy the spin. ;)

Mrs. F~ Thanks girlie!!

Mariuca~ I'll have to come by and check it out. ;)

PhD~ YOU are so RIGHT!! How great of you to realize that!!!!

Jess~ Glad you're ticklish. ;)