Indiana Junes

So many things happened this weekend that I don’t even know if I can cram it all into this tiny closet but Ima try.

I see that I literally did not take one photo on Friday, which tells me Friday was some sort of hellish one-thing-after-another day that likely involved work and neonatal kittens and maybe eating things.

On Saturday, I had to get up early for my trainer, and really, is there anything worse than having to set your alarm on the weekend? I mean, maybe you’re one of those go-getter types who loves to arise at 5 on Saturday and take a jog over to TJ Maxx to be the first in line as soon as they open and then you run to the garden store and re-sod 90 acres and then cook an elaborate meal for 40 of your friends, and if you are that type why the HELL would you read this blog?

I have never understood people with drive and ambition. Doesn’t it suck? Like, don’t you feel a terrible urgency that isn’t there?

Anyway, Saturday.

After the trainer (I’m benchin’ 30 now, and I realize I should join the circus, what with this freakishly strong upper-body strength), I planned to drive to Blueberry Thrill, which is this pretty farm out in the country that sells peaches and blueberries and the like. Since I’ve aged, I’ve gotten oddly intolerant of everything, but also of anything sour or bitter. So while I USED to enjoy a blueberry, the random sour one is now so repulsive to me that I just can’t.

So I was headed into the country for peaches but not blueberries when I saw a kid pulled over, attempting to lure a Beagle running into the road and then away, into the road, then away. “Oh, for the love,” I said, and pulled over too.

“Is that your dog?” I asked the kid, and for all I know he was 16 or he was 30. They all look the same.

“No, but I saw him running and pulled over. There’s another one, too. They’ve been swimming in the creek.”

Sure enough, from out of a very green creek came a white-faced pit, waggling and smiling and happy as shit to be loose, high and free.

“There’s a number on the Beagle’s collar,” said the kid, who was able to just, you know, look at the collar and read the number. He didn’t have to pat himself all over, looking for reading glasses. I suppose I was that person once, too.

He read me the number and I called it, and while that was happening, that damn Beagle kept running into the road. “Wanna go for a ride?” I asked, in my Edsel exciting-news voice.

I want you to gird your loins, but she did. She did wanna go for a ride.

No one answered my call, which I wrote off to me being a weird number. They were probably certain I was calling from Internal Revenue Service about Social Security number. Do you get 90 of those calls a day? “This is Internal Revenue calling.” Sure, Jan.

“Well, I’ll keep the Beagle in my car and you can put the pit in your car,” I said, and we tried that, but that pit would not budge. He stared longingly at my car.

“You wanna go for a ride with your sister?” I asked, and I based the sex of the Beagle on her name being Dixie. Maybe she was part Whistler. I realize there’s no breed called a Whistler. Cut me some slack. I’ve been busy. My funny is buried under all my Outlook meetings. Anyway, I hope you didn’t de-gird your loins, because the pit also too was down for a ride in the car.

Eventually I decided to drive the dogs to my house and await the call from the owner. Yes, I understand I have a dog-hating dog and many tasty cats here. But what else could I do?

I just came up with those names, and hang on while I capture self in oil.

I had my lure-a-dog crackers with me, and while I drove I handed those into the back, where Brad Pit ate all of them. He may’ve been unwilling to leave his Beagle sister, but he sure was willing to let her starve to death. Of course I worried either of their brains would snap and they’d commence spontaneously eating my throat, but they were very good dogs. We were halfway home when my phone rang. Sure enough, it was the owner, and I turned around, Bright Eyes, and took them home.

They live on lots of land, where they can roam for ages, but when you’re a Beagle, that’s not good enough. Talu had Beagle in her. I know of what I speak. The Beagle urge to roam is mighty.

Fortunately, I still had 45 minutes after my heroic dropoff of the dogs to get to Blueberry Thrill before they closed. I dropped off the pit to get to the Peach Pit.

Dear June: Just don’t try to be funny. We’ll all be better off.

As I drove there, I realized the best part of life is the thinner slice, and also that I had had two giant mugs of coffee before the trainer, one large glass of water after the trainer, and suddenly I had the urge. The call of nature. I had to shake the dew off the lily. I fixed my friend Sleeping Beauty up with a friend once and he SAID that on the FIRST (and only) date.

Anyway, I was tempted to just drive home, but the Google said I was only 5 minutes away from Blueberry Thrill, so I said, Look. You can hold it. It’ll be OK. Just get’cher peaches and go.

It was the CUTEST place, by the way. And fortunately for me, there was a port-a-john. I never go in those unless I’m completely desperate, but I can tell you that the dew needed to get off that lily, man. So even though I was convinced I was peeing on a copperhead, I did it and was glad to. There was even a little sink outside with running water. I was so happy, and I walked happily along the happy road to the happy store to get my peac–


I see that typing this has taken up my whole lunchtime, and I only got to Saturday afternoon, which leaves out the many things that happened on Sunday. This means I’ll have to come back, and I just remembered I told you LAST time that I’d tell you about The Poet and me trying to buy bandanas, as we have big plans to rob a train, so now there are myriad reasons for you to return to the serial drama that is my life.

I’ll try to write tomorrow. I have one of my old movies tonight so I’ll be out late, and also I have many bottle-consuming kittens, and also my job, and also my regularly scheduled pets, and also…

Look, I’ll TRY. OK? I’ll TRY.

With only 4 days left till she’s 56 and even more lame,

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23 thoughts on “Indiana Junes”

  1. “Sure, Jan” is one of my all time favorite expressions to see snuck in somewhere…… oh the mental image it conjures!!!!


  2. Late to the party – I guess no peaches for me either.

    You are a better woman than I, loading that wet dog duo in your car.

    Keep being funny June… it gives me life.


  3. Very enjoyable pot….post. stupid peaches…You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see,
    I really love your peaches…. thank you ADD


  4. All the good karma you earned from rescuing adventurous dogs and caring for neonatal kittens and still no peaches! What’s wrong with the picture? At least, I hope you enjoy your old-movie night.

    And thanks for peeing on any lurking copperheads.


  5. I am so sad for you that you missed out on the peaches. I would have been so disappointed. Still, you earned a lot of points in the plus column of life for rescuing the runaways.


  6. You are a dog/cat magnet, for sure! Sorry about your clean car that now smells, I imagine, like wet dog. And, no peaches. No good deed goes unpunished.

    Lovely post, lovely June!


  7. Boy, June. You really do have animal magnetism! It is as if the dogs knew June would be driving by, so why not appear near the side of the road. I am sure the dogs’ family appreciated your efforts. I would love to have one tenth of your sense of humor. It is nonstop.


  8. I so love reading you. I laughed out loud when I pictured you ‘peeing on a copperhead.’
    I will await further updates with bated breath.


  9. Catching and returning random wild dogs is such a June story. It makes me feel like all is right in the world.


  10. So sorry you missed the peaches. I placed an order list night with someone in a local youth group selling Colorado peaches. I adore Colorado peaches and haven’t had any in five years, living in California and all. Never found any peaches like that out there. I will probably eat so many that I’ll be camping out in the bathroom. Delivery of peaches will be in about a month so I’ll be salivating over here. Maybe you can get some next weekend? If no dogs stop you that is.

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  11. Hello, June! Great to hear from you. What movie are you going to see at your classic theater?


  12. We drove to Johnsons Peaches in Candor July 4 holiday weekend and I bought a 1/2 bushel. 3/4 were eaten by Friday and 1/4 frozen. As you know when people ask me, “oh are you making jam or canning” … my answer is no, I’m just going to eat them.

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  13. I was getting so many calls from the IRS I have stopped answering my phone if the number is not in my contacts. I figure if it’s important they’ll leave a voice message.


  14. … many tasty cats here. You ARE hilarious! No peaches, well. But they had tomatoes which is a real plus in the summer. The real reason for summer, tomatoes and watermelon.
    Patiently waiting for the rest of the story.


  15. I guess my summer fun is ruined, just like your plan to get peaches, since you know it is I who has been calling you pretending to be the IRS.

    Too bad I don’t live closer- I could dedicate my efforts to Ding Dong Ditch.


    1. I meant Jan Brady, but I wondered if, in fact, my mother, who does not meme, would think I meant you. “I wonder why she gets calls from Jannn.”


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