Heavens to Mergatroyd!

24 Responses

  1. Jazz says:

    Oh… that's some sky….

  2. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    You make me like Wyoming so much better than the time I was there and realized you couldn't buy alcohol because it was a Sunday and the package store was closed.

  3. Middle Aged Woman says:

    My God, I love how you tell a story. I want to take your writing class. And I'll even pay attention! And I know how to spell college! And use punctuation marks! Not to mention starting a sentence(fragment) with conjunctions.

  4. Middle Aged Woman says:

    I neglected to mention that Yakky Doodle may have been the best Hanna Barbera character.

  5. jess says:

    Jocelyn, I'd murry yew if ya'll wasn't already hitched. That's how happy your scribblin's make me.

  6. secret agent woman says:

    Once on a road trip by myself a couple of guys tried to convince to load my MG Midget into the back of their truck and go "mudding" with them. I passed.

  7. Shania says:

    My husband can do the perfect yakky doodle voice! Shall I have him call you? Also, I had a somewhat similar jacket so obviously we're living in parallel universes.

  8. Pearl says:

    Good God I had an eerily similar situation in South Dakota.

    Will I get help? Will I be turned into jerky? The excitement of wide open spaces!


  9. Voyager says:

    What a story!. And what a sky. We don't get skies like that here on the wet coast. Because, as a prarie friend once told me, "Those mountains just get in the way of the view."

  10. Jane says:

    Ah, road trips. My own story happens at night and involves hitch hiking with a truck driver and his son to the next town where the petrol station was shut.

  11. kmkat says:

    Such a story. And such good sense on your part not to get into the vehicle with Snaggle and Yakky; even if they had kept your $20 and used it for nefarious purposes, you never had to fear for your life, your virtue, or your fringed jacket.

    The reason the trooper followed you for 20 miles was probably because there was no exit or turnaround for that far. I have been on that stretch of road 😉

  12. ds says:

    Great story, great telling, mind-blowing sky. Thank you.

  13. Pam says:

    Great story Jocelyn -didn't think you'd see that $20 again or the fuel, and loved the way they waxed lyrical at the end. Strangely enough, I've been in those areas you wrote about with a carload of other 20 year olds, in a "round-the-States" road trip.I'm pleased we had our middle-aged male university lecturer with us, we had a few times when his presence came in handy.Other times not so much, when he wanted to desert us all to have an extra-marital affair in Buffalo, well away from his lovely wife back home in Australia.We got a speeding ticket near the Grand Canyon and our cute Aussie accents didn't do a thing for us sadly.Loved your story.

  14. Meg says:

    I had a trooper incident once in Oklahoma. While he went back to the cruiser to run my DL, I hobbled out of the car, dragging my right foot behind me. He leaned out of the car window and said, "you alright there, miss?" To which I answered, painfully, "It's just my damn lead foot!" He cracked up. First time he'd heard that one, he said. Got off with a warning. Try it! Just not in Oklahoma.

  15. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    You are the best post-writer, Jocelyn. Truly. And you're right about Wyoming state troopers affecting a Southern accent. So weird.

  16. Deborah says:

    I'm coming back later to comment, when I can finish this. We're having people for dinner and there's just NO TIME.

  17. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Oh, my, poets come in all shapes and sizes, don't they? What a marvelous story!

    My great-uncle was the Director of Terrytoons when I was a child, but I preferred Loonytoons and Disney, ungrateful brat that I was. Hanna Barbera always struck me as amateurish by comparison to the older animated movies, and meeting their characters on a lonely stretch of highway in Wyoming would not be my best thing, ever.

  18. flutter says:

    I always want smores when I come here. You tell the best stories

  19. Deborah says:

    Jocelyn, Jocelyn, Jocelyn!..You're brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I want to be your big sister, or your next-door neighbour. But thank god I'm your blog pal.

    Lemme lay it out for you. I don't laugh easily, and sometimes wonder if my sense-of-humour gene has a faulty connection – have to wiggle it to get it to work. But you?? It just flows out of you at warp speed and it's so damn good. Wickedly funny, fabulously well-written, clever, intelligent, humour of the best possible sort because you notice details. The drop-waist dress made me hoot! Meth for Men! Animated jumble of fuzzy faces! Holy Hanna Babera, I laughed and laughed and laughed. God that felt good.

    You should be on the radio. Prairie Home Companion has had a good run (not that I'm suggesting you are ANYTHING like GK) and it's time for something fresh.

    Thank you for coming into my life. I look forward to a lot more and it was worth having to wait until after the dinner guests went home and we cleaned up and went to bed and got up and showered and sat down in front of my computer with the first coffee of the day and clicked on O Mighty Crisis and rubbed my little hands together in glee.

    (Don't get stage fright. I might have been a bit effusive.)

  20. Middle Aged Woman says:

    Hey, Deb, stop slobbering on the object of my stalker-ish affections! Bwah-ha-ha-ha! I know exactly what you mean. This stuff should be in a book.

  21. Deborah says:

    And a very happy day to you on this March 25! Sorry, I didn't get you a card.

  22. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    You are a fine story teller.

    I've been on that stretch of road. And I had to laugh at your parent's driving an hour and a half to eat. That might be a regional thing. My family has always driven everywhere – like a six hour Sunday ride. In fact, that's how I wound up in Laramie and Cheyenne the first time.

    Also, I think my husband and I have broken down on every exit across I-80 in Nebraska.

  23. lime says:

    you reminded me of the cast of characters i met when out west. it is indeed a very different culture out there. folks are as colorful as the sky. i rather liked that.

    as for the attitude toward driving i admit to a decidedly aast coast mentality. i dread long car trips because they so often involved being in bumper to bumper traffic. I95 from washington, dc to boston is a horror of the worst sort.

  24. Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for the laugh . . I love your story!

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