My New Blog or My Best Friend Ted

"Sarge" Ted's Nickname at work.

My Best Friend, Ted

This has been a long time in coming, and ironically is coinciding with Ted's birthday May 27th. I am working on it today, and the blog and hub will be published in time.

This is to introduce you to my best friend and mentor. It didn't start out looking like this, so I will start at the beginning.

In February of 2005 I had a large portion of my nose removed with MOHS surgery. This caused my employer to all but remove me from the schedule until my bruises healed. I had been in the same career for 20 years, and suddenly they didn't want me because I had surgery...

I decided to try going back to construction and in March of 2005, I went to work for an electrical contractor, and that is where I met Ted.

Ted is hard to describe and a paradoxical character. So the only way I can think of to transfer my images into your mind is through images you will recognize. The videos that follow will take you through the different images of Ted.


People, Let me tell you about my best friend

Have you ever...

Have you ever had that moment when the person you knew became someone you had never seen before in your life? I am talking about that moment Bill Cosby spoke of when he described how his parents treated him as opposed to how they treated their grandchildren?

Ted could literally make you dread going to work yet scared to stay home, but if one of his daughters called, he turned into a completely different person, right before your eyes.

"Keep working! I have to take this call!" he would bark at us, and the into the phone: "Hi sweetie, what are you doing?" Being a single parent, he also understood how it was for me, a single mom.

In the five years I worked with him it was common for there to be complaints to management about Ted. Many asked me to go with them to complain. We were working four ten hour days, so we all looked forward to Friday, as it meant three Ted Free Days.

Over the course of the blog you may see comments saying "Ted said That?" which will be from people who unfortunately only ever saw one side of Ted.

The following video is from a comedy I rented for a Ted Free Weekend, and found out that the character was actually "Tommy Lee Jones playing Ted as a Texas Ranger."

My jaw dropped, and I almost started to cry. I was trying to forget him, just for a couple of days, is that too much to ask?

Tommy Lee Jones Plays Ted as a Texas Ranger, in "Man of the House"

A Taste of Andy Griffith

Sgt Carter

Best Friend Ted Blog

So as I said, I get home and start watching the movie and my daughter makes some popcorn. She comes back and sees the stricken look on my face. "You okay mom?" she asked.

I pointed at the screen and said "That's my boss."

"Your boss is Tommy Lee Jones?" She looked at me quizzically.

"No... oh forget it... he... Ted just acts like that, all the time..."

I went to work the following week and told everyone to rent the movie. Eventually I even bought a copy for Ted. All he said was "She thinks I look like Tommy Lee Jones."

Over the years Ted saw to it that I kept my job and did the same for many others. You see, if Ted couldn't make you quit, he knew you were a keeper, he knew you were the one who would always step up to the plate. Ted knew that if he didn't break you, then no one could, and that from that moment on you could be counted on in any situation.

When I met Ted I was sharing a rented house with my son and a number of room mates. Within 5 years I was in my own home, and had raised my credit score enough to buy that home and a car. Ted took me from practical poverty to middle class. I didn't need to be wealthy, but he made sure I knew how to get what I did need.

In essence Ted is like a cross between Tommy Lee Jones character, and Eddie's father, with a little bit of Andy Taylor (the Andy Griffith Show) and a bit of Gomer Pyle's Sgt. Carter.

My Best Friend Ted on Blogspot will be an ongoing blog of Ted's calls and advice, as well as stories from the road. There were plenty of close calls, I even got hit by a truck. These stories will hopefully entertain you and enlighten you. Maybe through my blog, you too will get to know My Best Friend Ted.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

I must say these videos are just to take you back to a simpler time. I found them on YouTube when I was looking for the song and movie clip. There are more Nilson Songs, and some really good scene clips of the interaction between father and son.

Of course my relationship with Ted has not been that of father and son (partially because I am a girl and because we are closer in age to brother and sister), but I must say that if I ever had a question, he would answer it. The best of Ted is often in the question and answer time we would have during the drive from place to place on the job.

The last video is called Snow, and is a song tribute to the show. I brought that here because even though one season of our life is over, as the job we had together has ended, Winter is only a season, and Spring must then follow. Our work relationship has turned into a genuine friendship, Spring is folding into Summer. Life goes on.

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Your best friend seems like quite a guy. Interesting Hub.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Suziecat7, he is. It's his birthday tomorrow, and I can't wait to get the blog going on a day to day thing. He calls me frequently and we talk about the economy as well has how to deal with our current unemployment. We talk about politics and the oil spill. He is really excited to get his views out as he just finally got a computer.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great hub Faybe - I think Ted will enjoy your blog ;)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Enelle! I already sent it to him and a mutual friend. he has so much he wants to say, but has no clue about the internet. He said if I get mail to read it to him and he'll tell me how he wants it answered. It really is going to be a great collaboration. Like I said, he sees that things get done. He has to get a picture to me though.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

It's the wee hours, I have company coming in the morning and still vacuuming to do - but I want so to keep up with visiting hubs of those I follow and the comments they post on mine, that here I am doing so. So I didn't click on all the videos in your hub, but I have a clear mental picture of your friend Ted. I have seen "Man of the House" several times and I love Tommy Lee Jones in it (plus the Univ. of Texas is one of my alma maters, where I did graduate work and the primary alma mater of my stepson and his daughters who live and breathe burnt orange and white!)

Anyway - I plan to return and listen to all the videos. My guess is that your intro to Ted on his blog will get him started and he may become the all-time champion blogger! Might become a Hubber, who knows? Better not tell him that, though - he might balk!

Good luck with it, Faybe! Great hub here!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great introduction to Ted. He sounds like quite a guy.


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marijanareynders 6 years ago from Toodyay, Western Australia

What a wonderful salute to your best friend Ted ... friends come in many shapes and guises, it is once again proved.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Ted seems to be one of a kind.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I'm glad you got this up! :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Wow look what happened while I was sleeping! My hub had a party! I am so pleased to see you all here. When I tell you it made me cry happy tears, I hope you understand that all the time I worked with Ted I told myself "There's no crying in Construction!" (Recalling Tom Hanks character from "A league of Their Own", so thank you all so much for visiting.

I hope you will all like Ted. He probably won't be a hubber, we don't need him making everyone cry... LOL


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'll be sure to read your new blog, it sounds as though it will be fun.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Sheila. Believe it or not I am talking to Ted on the prone right now, LOL.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ted sounds like one of those friends that rarely come along in life. Your friendship is something to be treasured. Great hub.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Pamela. Now he is going to start keeping a notebook of talking points for the blog, he said.

It's his Birthday today, so I told him to enjoy it. He wanted me to tell everyone that he probably won't ever be a hubber, or a blogger, because he has a hard enough time finding his e-mail address (he has that written down), and computers just take too long to start up. It's much easier to just call me and I can do the writing part of it!


Justine76 6 years ago

Im happy to know you have a good best friend, and also, I adore Harry Nilson!!!! what a wonderful tribute. :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank You Justine! I do too! There were many jokes on the job about Ted being my best friend, but in the end he has been there for me to ask advice, and to help me with his sound wisdom. Sometimes what is best for us is more easily seen by the outsider, rather than ourselves.


Justine76 6 years ago

ha, your telling me.

I am learning that the very hardest way....


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Ha ha , well, however we learn it. What amazes me is how much different my life would be, he encouraged me to take chances that looked like death defying feats to me. I didn't die from taking those leaps of faith in myself. I flew!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Ah I think I am familiar with people like Ted. I enjoyed your hub and the videos took me back to one of my favorite shows Courtship was a great show. I don't know if you ever saw the movie with Robert Duvall called the Great Santini, well that was my ex-husband by the way, same personality same everything. Im sorry about your surgery. Take care. Cheers.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Ladyjane1. I love Robert Duvall in all of his incarnations, and yes I have seen the Great Santini although it has been many years.

Ironic how life imitates art and art imitates life, isn't it? I am always moved when I see a fictional character resemble someone I know personally. Ted is a composite of many of my favorite characters, and it makes me wonder if I am a composite of characters to someone in my circle of friends and family.


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epigramman 6 years ago

You are a composite of the best that hub writing has to offer!!!

Other Sargeants - the one in FULL METAL JACKET

Lou Gossett in OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

Christopher Walken in BILOXI BLUES


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What an interesting fella he must be!!!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ Epigramman: Once again, your praise is turning my head! You are far too kind to me.

@ Carolina Muscle: I know I haven't been around much, but I am much better now. The non-smoking just messed with my head. I feel better than ever now, and it's as if I am thinking clearly for the first time.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub about a great friend.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Granny's House, he is a great friend. I have to catch up with him, now that the long weekend is over, and continue our blog.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed your excellent salute to a true friend: Ted. Thank you for this pleasure. It is very good.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you James, that is a very high compliment coming from you. I am honored. I read your fine work, and hesitate to comment for fear of sounding like a fool. You have quite a following, and your writing is of a much higher caliber than mine. Thank you.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

How fortunate you are :d


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi De Greek! Is that a tongue sticking out at me? I hope you are not jealous, you know you are married to the finest friend anyone could ever have, plus you have a hub wife as well.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a wonderful person Ted is, we need more of those around in this world. You have written a wonderful hub and I am looking forward to reading more about your best friend. You also have the song of Courtship of Eddie's Father in my head. lolololo :D


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

It plays in my head all the time when I think of Ted. Sometimes he reminds me of my own father, who passed away when I was 10. Imagine he is a single father and the kids are all girls! It must have been a constant struggle for him being both a father and a caregiver when he really has this gruff exterior. Those girls really got the best of both worlds with their dad.

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