Monday, June 28, 2010

True Story Tuesday - Papa Blair

Are y’all ready for this week’s True Story Tuesday?  Got a story that’s just begging to be told?  Does it qualify as amazing, hilarious, miraculous, outrageous and (mostly) true?!!  Here’s where you link up and send some bloggy pals for some good reading :)

Just grab the TST code from below the button on the right sidebar, paste it in your post, then come back and link your permalink to our list for some comment love!

This week comes from one of those family legends told ‘round the dinner table… just like I’m always coaxing you to share.  And this one is a doozy… so hop in, place the bar securely over your lap, and keep your hands in the ride at all times…




Let’s just say that my dad has always had a flair for scaring people.  And even once memorably frightened someone into a change of underwear.  But I had no idea how far back it went.  So here we go… into my dad’s high school years…

The Exorcist had just come out.  And  my dad had convinced his buddy Mark to watch it with him.  Mark was a good Catholic boy and probably had a fair amount of anxiety about watching the movie.  But he bucked up and sat through the thriller without any idea of the terror in store for him.

Oh friends, the movie wasn’t the terrifying part.  The real fright began on their drive afterward.

It was a dark night and they were on a pitch-black country road.  No illumination except the truck headlights.  And as my dad drove on, a creature suddenly ran into their path.  The following thumps made it clear that it had met its match with a set of tires.

Curious, my dad backed the truck up and looked at it in the headlights.

And this is what he saw…



(umm, yeah… 50 OnceUponAMiracle points if you can tell me what that’s called and what movie it’s from :)


Okay… so maybe it wasn’t one of those, but more like a durn big one of these:



Which to two high school boys from California, looks exactly like a really freaky huge rat.


So they’re looking at this freaky huge rat thing and trying to figure out what it is… all while on a dark country road while surrounded by trees – and after just having seen The Exorcist… and suddenly this dead thing…

well this dead thing lifts its head and opens an awful teeth-filled snarl at them, then goes back to playing dead.


Which would be enough to freak anyone out, right?  Except that my dad has quietly back himself up to the truck and silently climbed in.  He throws the truck in gear and hightails it out of there.

Yup.  Leaving poor Mark alone in the pitch-black with that freaky huge VERY ALIVE rat thing.



You can guess that Mark had a few choice words for my dad when he pulled the truck back around.  But my dad was too busy laughing himself  to tears over it.

Mark got in and they headed home.



You’d think that would be the end of my dad’s cruel tricks, right?

(Umm, this is a True Story Tuesday, right?  So, no.)

They get to my dad’s place where Mark is staying over – and my dad says goodnight as Mark walks to brush his teeth.

My dad shuts his door, then stealthily sneaks back to Mark’s room.  He slides into the space between the wall and the bed and snakes his arm behind the headboard.

Poor Mark, already traumatized by the movie and the possum, settles into bed.

My dad waits for a bit, then suddenly reaches from behind the headboard to grab Mark and to scare the ever living daylights out of him.

I’m guessing if you ever wanted to hear a man scream, that would have been an opportune moment…



The end?

Oh ho… you don’t know my dad.


As if Mark hasn’t already shaved 20 years off his life in one evening, and developed a paranoia about my dad’s antics… my dad has yet one more thing up his sleeve.

Another “goodnight”, and my dad heads to his room.

He re-dresses himself and heads for Mark’s room yet again.

Any guesses?


Oh yes he did.  He stood at Mark’s open door and suddenly flicked on the light.

All poor Mark saw  was my dad’s head turning from the wrong angle of his backwards clothes.


Anyone else wonder if Mark ever got his revenge??? 



Any fun stories to tell about good ol’ dad?  Any legendary antics?  This is the place!  Can’t wait to read your links!



Unknown said...

Ok, so I was just telling the hubby about the panic I was feeling over the fact that your TST post wasnt up yet. I was starting to get worried about you. But then, the Rodent of Unusual Size from The Princess Bride appeared! Woohoo! My Monday has been saved!

And your dad sounds alot like my dad - remind me to NEVER let them get together.

Buckeroomama said...

Are they still friends? LOL! :)

HeatherOz said...

Rodents of Unusual Size?
I don't think they exist!

Man, I was trying to be first ;)
I will now finish reading.

HeatherOz said...

oooohhhhh! I am dying to know if mark got revenge! Your Dad is hilarious!

Shana Putnam said...

Oh I would love your dad1 That sounds like my kind of fun as long as I am doing it. I wouldn't want it done to me lol.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

OMG, that was awesome! I couldn't stop laughing! Your dad sounds like a funny man. The headboard one would have scared the crap out of me!!!
The picture is from The Princess Bride! ROUS!

Sylvia Plathypus said...

LMAO Good old ROUS's, or Rodents of Unusual Size. I ♥ The Princess Bride!! William Goldman is a frickin' genius!! =) As to your dad, I'm amazed he made it to adulthood pulling pranks like those, but I must admit I was LMAO the entire time!! xD Wonderfully entertaining post this week, dahling, as always! =D

City girl turned Country Girl said...

OHHH LOL BAHAHA!!! Poor Mark!! I totally do not watch scary movies for that reason...everything will scare me after LOL!!

BJ_Mama said...

YOUR DAD IS EVIL!!! and HILARIOUS! Did I count 3 underwear changes?!?!

Floortime Lite Mama said...

OMG your dad has A WICKED sense of humor
I am dying laughing here !!

McCrakensx4 said...

OH NO...if your dad was my friend he wouldn't be my friend anymore! But then again I would have never gone to see that movie as I am not a scary movie type girl! And not one for practical jokes! And sadly even as I read this and kinda of knew what was gonna happen I still flinched and squeezed my eyes shut to make it go away!! lol

So did Mark get revenge??

Anonymous said...

It's a Rodent of Unusual Size! Love the Princess Bride.... As you wish!

Stacy said...

LOL...poor, poor Mark! Your Dad certainly got his fill of scaring that night! Not sure I would have stayed his friend after that...but mostly certainly I would not have ever, ever slept over again. ;)

Beth Zimmerman said...

Looks to me like a ROUS from The Princess Bride! :)

Beth Zimmerman said...

I think your dad, my dad, Mr. Daddy and my husband come from the same general part of the gene pool! MEN!

Foursons said... Your dad sounds like Nolan- he just doesn't know when to quit!!! Hilarious for sure and I'm thinking revenge stories need to be written for next Tuesday.

Unknown said...

Oh Rachel that is just down right wicked!!! Creative little bugger!

Goodness and Mercy Mom said...

Oh my, I would have needed a change of pants that night had I been your dad's buddy. You are a fabulous storyteller--too funny.

I'm catching up on your blog and also love last week's story about the deaf interpretation oopsie. Ummm. That's not typically what people want to take with them when they leave church.

Thanks for stopping by my blog last week and taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. I hope you and your precious family are doing well.

God Bless,

Dyann said...

If you're going to quiz us on movie trivia, don't make it Princess Bride. Who doesn't have it memorized?

And your dad sounds like a stinker x 102938471857018249. Amazing you're still alive!

He & Me + 3 said...

OmGosh, that is just too funny. Wondering, did you hear this story from Mark's perspective or your Dad's? LOL Either way hilarious.
Revenge is sweet...I hope Mark got some. :)

Killlashandra said...

WOW! Poor Mark, your Dad really had it in for him that night. Although I wouldn't put it past my older kids to do something similar after watching a scary movie. ;)

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

Your Dad rocks! Poor Mark...he had a heck of a night!

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming they were either Not so close or VERY close friends?? That sense of humor is ahead of it's time.LOL

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