An Invitation to the Mallory Family Reunion!

You Are Invited!


The Mallorys, Bacons, O’Flahertys, etc.

Family Reunion.

June 20, from 10:30 a.m. to ?????

The Lake.

A favorite dish, plus $25.00 per couple, $7.50 per child, to help defray the cost of renting The Northwest Quadrant of the Winnehaha Pavilion.

Sally Millhouse, (712) 555-1234

We’ll be sitting for family portraits!


Follow Samantha as she prepares for the family reunion. As she hunts for artifacts for the family display, she finds this old letter:

Oct. 29, 1959 (I am sorry this is late)

Dear Auntie,

Thank you for the $10 for my birthday. I will buy a pretty red pink blue dress you will like (I hope). I am skinney now, dr. Noonan put me on a strick diet (ugh!). Lettuce, cellery and cottage cheese.


Mrs. Niles died last month, Nana says she wieghed over 500 lbs, I would DIE if I weighed over 500 lbs. I am in the St. Bonyfi Boniface chior now, we sang at Mrs. Niles funneral.

L♥ve Sammy

PS: Nana says Mrs. Niles was buried in a piano crate!

(Samantha Anne Mallory, age 9)

C'mon in!

This is a must-attend event!

A command performance!

The family awaits you!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Part I: Journeys (Chapter 9)


SR 53 South under Ohio Turnpike at Exit 6–Fremont

I’ve decided that if I ever do myself in, I’ll choose the best time possible–none of this holiday peak business–and I’ll plan my death carefully. No messy stuff. I’ll arrange it so I look like I’m asleep.

But I’d have some fun first, fucking complete strangers–

Don’t look at me that way. I’ve no plans to end my life anytime soon, but if I do, I’m definitely going out with a bang. Why should I miss out?

I’d go away for two weeks, to Philly maybe, check into an expensive hotel, find a bar that has music and dancing, and wait for someone hot and bothered, probably some horny businessman–probably married–to pick me up. For the first week, I’d pick up a different man every night, each one hotter and hornier than the last. Of course, I wouldn’t worry about AIDS or anything like that. I’d have my fun and then–

Why end it all on a sour note like Mother and her best friend Monique?

I ever tell you about Monique, the rich bitch from Bel Air? What a piece of work, that one. I’ve never understood Mother’s fascination with her, especially since she–Mother, that is–disliked gay people.

Monique lived in a big mansion with Trish, her lesbian lover, and sat on a 50 million dollar fortune, all inherited. You would never guess her wealth by her appearance; Monique looked like a refugee from Skag City. The kind of scum that hangs out at the local bowling alley waiting for Big Red’s Heating & Plumbing team to finish bowling. Leathery skin, straw hair, and a hoarse voice–she cackled when she laughed. Told crude jokes about private parts. Ugh.

I’ll never figure out what Mother saw in her.

But you would’ve loved the challenge of someone like Monique, the possibilities for her therapy. I could see you going off to Esalen–you, Monique, and Fritz jumping into the hot tub, confronting each other in the here and now–

Oh, well, never mind.

And then one day Monique popped 39 Valium, “one for each year of my miserable life”–at least that’s what the note said.

I was just 18 when the phone call came from the dour Trish; I remember how Mother’s eyes went dead. Soon after, her drinking became an obsession.

Mission: death.

Though it would take another six or seven years to kill her liver....

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