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"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
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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