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A Story of My Life, Part 18: Home Alone in 1992
This is the episode I've been putting off writing for quite some time now.
Ed, the manager of the winery where I worked and my boss, got divorced. We all felt for him. he was such a good boss: kind, patient, decisive when it was necessary for somebody to be, and a great problem solver. His wife ran off to Idaho (her home state) with her lover, leaving Ed with two sons at home, to finish raising by himself.
Ed and I had become good friends. He very generously gave me rides back and forth to work every day. He was 40 years old: I was 25 years old. I believe I fell in love with his brains. Nothing turns me on like a man who can think.
We got married in December of 1985.
I moved into Ed's house. I was a big-sister kind of stepmom to his two sons. We settled down--we had a nice life going, with the kids and the house and the cat and the dog. The kids accepted me after a while. Of course, they missed their real mother, and I have no doubt she missed them, but they adjusted fairly well, I thought. They were good kids, a little wild, maybe. They were unsupervised between the time they got out of school and the time Ed and I got out of work. It was surprising, what they could come up with to do with that free hour and a half or so! Kids don't think like adults do, until they are good and ready.
Ed had a hobby. He built and flew model aircraft. He had a workshop in the basement, and that's where he spent most of his free time. I had my books to read; I had my piano.
I say it again, it was a really nice life we had going on there.
Ed wanted to go on vacation, to Florida, to Daytona Beach. I couldn't go with him because he and I were the only two agents of the company who could make registered excise tax pre-payments.
So Ed went alone to Florida, driving down on a Sunday and expected back the following Saturday night. He called me every night, but those conversations were sort of bland. Ed was never really a phone person.
He didn't make it home Saturday night. The last phone call I got from him was on Thursday. Uh-oh! I was nearly out of my mind with worry. I was envisioning a car accident. I didn't quite know what to do.
I got a phone call Sunday afternoon, from a bailbondsman. Ed was in the Dade County Jail. The charges?
Lewd and lascivious behavior to a child.
The very last thing I would have expected from such a modest man, such a homebody.
Les Folies Bergere
US President George Bush becomes the first US President to address the Austrailian Parliment
Bosnian Serbs declare their own republic
Singer Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the apartheid sanctions are lifted
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign a pact in Mexico City to end the 12-year civil war
The People's Republic of China ratifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
A Miami, Florida jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega of aiding the Columbian cocaine cartel
A jury acquits four LAPD officers of excessive force int eh videotaped beating of Rodney King, sparking off a major LA riot, causing 53 deaths and over $1 billion in damages.
A Lindhurt High School student, Eric Houston, of Yuba County, California, kills 4 and injures 9, holding many students hostage.
After thirty years, Johnny Carson retires, and Jay Leno takes his place.
Two skeletons excavated in Russia are identified as Czar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandria.
The largest shopping mall in the United States, the Mall of America, opens in Minnesota. It covers 78 acres.
Dr. Mae Jemison becomes the first African American woman to travel in space.
After performing a song protesting alleged child abuse by the Roman Catholic Church, Sinead O'Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, causing a huge controversy.
The Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, becoming the first Canadian team to win.
Pope John Paul II issues an apology, and lifts the edict of the Inquisition agains Galileo Galilei. (Finally!)
Bill Clinton beats incumbent George Bush in the 1992 US Presidential Election
A fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, causing over 50 million pounds worth of damage.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce their separation.
The Folies Bergere Music Hall closes in Paris.
From "Basic Instinct"
1992 at the Movies!
- Home Alone 2 (Lost in New York)
- Batman Returns (directed by Tim Burton)
- Lethal Weapon 3
- A Few Good Men
- Sister Act
- The Bodyguard
- Wayne's World
- Basic Instinct
- A League of Their Own