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Not Heidi

(1,387 posts)
Sun May 19, 2024, 05:57 PM May 19

I heard from my friend who is in jail

About a week ago, I sent Frank (not his real name) my first letter as he languishes in jail. I heard back from him yesterday. He dictated a Facebook message to his husband by phone (I think that's how he must've done it). I thought I wouldn't hear from him until he got out, so I am thrilled.

I was concerned that he might not be safe, but he reports that he is. I told him a joke that he appreciated.* He asked how my foot is (recent surgery), which I didn't expect. He's always thinking about others.

I miss Frank very much. I hadn't seen him for a couple of years (he lives in No. Cal.). He visited us at our house on his way to jail - completely unexpected (but my sister knew), and I'm so glad he did.

He writes that he's working on a letter for me, but not to expect it for some time. His sentence is for less than a year.

I've known Frank since we were kids. I met him when my sister and his became best friends as freshmen in high school. He is my oldest friend. We haven't always kept in touch, but that ends now. I love Frank and wonder how I could not keep in touch with him.

*I have another joke lined up for him in the letter I'm writing now. Please offer your opinions - or maybe a better joke:

A string is walking down the street and sees a bar up ahead. He decides to go in and have a beer. Inside, he hops up onto a bar stool and asks the barkeep for a beer. The barkeep sneers at him and says, "You g.d. string! We don't serve your kind. Get out!" Stung but used to this, the string hops off the bar stool and leaves. Outside he continues on his way.

He sees another string walking his way, a friend he hasn't seen for a while. They greet each other, then the second string says, "Hey, there's a bar up ahead. Let's go have a beer." The first string says, "I just left there. The barkeep said they don't serve 'our kind.'" The second string says, "Oh, yeah? Watch this." He jumps up high and ties himself up. Then he pulls at his ends until he looks all shaggy. The first string gets it and follows suit. Then the second string says to his friend, "Let's go." They enter the bar and hop up onto bar stools. The barkeep comes over and stares at the strings. Somewhat nonplussed, he says to the second string with a sneer, "Aren't you string?" The second string says, "Frayed knot."

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I heard from my friend who is in jail (Original Post) Not Heidi May 19 OP
Loved it...use it. MiHale May 19 #1
Thanks! Not Heidi May 19 #2
;-) elleng May 19 #3
hiya! Not Heidi May 19 #4
Not the newest, but has worn well. soldierant May 19 #5
thank you, soldierant :) n/t Not Heidi May 20 #6

soldierant

(7,160 posts)
5. Not the newest, but has worn well.
Sun May 19, 2024, 09:11 PM
May 19

I first heard it in the eighties - at that time it was rope and the punchline was a trifle lomger: "No, I'm a frayed not." It should still bring down the house.

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