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A New Table to Sit At…

Posted by Les Becker on April 29, 2018 in The Landlady, Zenishness... |

I have kind of/sort of duplicated Ruby’s kitchen table, complete with space heater underneath, in my own small way. Ruby’s table was a safe space for me, and I miss it dreadfully. My table is much smaller, but I can feel her here in spirit, so I think it was a good idea, even if […]

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Finally Published! – The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs

The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs Part 1 of The Ruby ChroniclesRuby Daniel is a 30-something widow trying to get by in a small backwoods Northern town in the 1950’s. Her chicken farm is failing, and she takes a weekend job as a barmaid at an illegal drinking establishment run by a crooked police […]

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Ruby’s Restaurant…

Posted by Les Becker on September 14, 2014 in Movie Mentions, The Landlady |
Traffic Jam!

This is what I get for complaining about losing against Ruby in cribbage. I don’t know where her luck (er… talent?) comes from, but after winning my second game in about 8 1/2 years (!!!) against her a couple of weeks ago, I was very disgruntled tonight to see that she’s back on her winning […]

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Ruby Let Me Take a Photo!

Posted by Les Becker on May 18, 2014 in The Landlady |
Perogi Slipper

I know, I know – somewhat of a disappointment… but I should be grateful she let me take a picture at all. Tonight being Sunday, I popped over for dinner with Ruby around 5:30. It was her turn to cook, and she was a running “a little behind the times”, as she puts it. Her […]

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A Winter Dog Walk-About…

Posted by Les Becker on January 12, 2014 in Photography, The Landlady, The Walk-About |
Look at my butt!

There’s something wonderful about winter walks with the dog – especially on a Sunday afternoon, when it seems like no one else in the city is out and about. We almost always go to the same place every time – a field across from a ball diamond just a few blocks from home. We usually […]

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The $5 School Cake…

Posted by Les Becker on November 26, 2010 in The Landlady |
Chocolate

When Ruby was a young girl, her school in Northland had a fair once a year, in the spring. It offered the usual school fair “stuff” of the era; games of chance, 4H projects, etc., and students could show off (and sell) their needlework and baked goods. One year, Ruby won a needlepoint contest – […]

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I Sits…

Posted by Les Becker on November 15, 2010 in The Landlady |

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem – featuring Rihanna

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The Burglar Song

Posted by Les Becker on July 30, 2009 in Radio Les, The Landlady |

The Burglar FrogTaken July 29, 2009 with Canon PowerShot A550 Ruby has this motion sensor frog ornament in her breezeway. I don’t like the thing, because I forget that it’s there, and every time I go to visit her it croaks at me and scares the shit out of me. Every single time. I once […]

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The Accidental Fisherman

Posted by Les Becker on July 4, 2009 in Other People's Stories... |

Muddy by the Water I have this buddy who is an incredible cook and a hot-shit photographer. My kid is very partial to him, because he spoils her with pickles. She calls him “Muddy”, and I think he’s rather partial to her, as well, because whenever we walk into his restaurant, he has a bowlful […]

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“Poor Little Deer…”

Posted by Les Becker on June 24, 2009 in The Landlady |

Isn’t that a “deer” little picture? That’s actually what Ruby said to me when she passed it over her coffee cup, laughing, but I’m stealing it for myself… I got to see a lot of Ruby’s old photos last night; most actually had The Lady Herself in them. Mushy’s instincts are quite correct: she surely […]

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NewsFlash: Love Found on the Internet

Posted by Les Becker on June 17, 2009 in The Landlady |

No, not me, silly! Myself, I am quite content with singlehood, as of yet; it’s Ruby that told me this story, and isn’t it high time for another one from our favourite Little Old LandLady? Yes. Yes, it is… We were watching a ball game… the Jays were playing; Ruby’s favourite team, and for once […]

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The Day the Earth Stood Still…

Posted by Les Becker on September 25, 2008 in Other People's Stories..., Real Life |

A couple of months back, I was invited to dinner by a friend: a 6’4 cook I worked with at The House of Fracas, my temporary placement, the first J.O.B. (and so far, only) in my brand new field, after I was out of school. This invitation was a long time coming. He kept inviting […]

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