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Thursday, August 7, 2014



In a post last week, I was quite properly lambasted for waking Mrs. Cranky with a question.  I fully understand the seriousness of this, particularly to my testosterone deficient audience.  I get that many women, particularly those with young children, have little opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted sleep.  In my defense, Mrs. Cranky has the unusual ability to go from sound sleep to awake and then back to sleep again in a matter of seconds.  She remembers waking so it is not sleep talking, she is just able to wake and or fall back to sleep at the flip of some internal switch.

To illustrate this phenomenon, the other night we were watching one of our favorite movies, “My Cousin Vinny.” This comedy is chock full of lines which Mrs. C has committed to memory, one of her many skills.  Half way through the movie she fell asleep.  She was snoring in that gentle quiet rhythmic way a woman in deep sleep will snore.

In one of our favorite moments in this movie (and there are many), Joe Pesci (Cousin Vinny) interrogates a witness in an attempt to show her eye sight is unreliable.  I won’t bore you with all the details of the scene, watch the movie you won’t be disappointed…


In this classic scene, Pesci in way of admonishing a judicial indiscretion addresses the court and the witness saying, 

“Mrs. Reilly; and only Mrs. Reilly…”

At this exact moment, Mrs. Cranky arises from deep slumber and mimics, 

“Mrs. Reilly and only Mrs. Reilly how many fingers I am holding up now?”

She then went instantly back to her comfortable rhythmic snore, and yes in the morning she remembered mimicking the movie.

And so I offer no real excuse for occasionally waking my wife to ask an innocuous question, but it is not as serious an offense as many might believe.


  1. "My cousin Vinny" is a favorite of every one in our family. We watch it again and again.

  2. i LOVE that movie! quote from it ALL the time! :)

  3. It's been a long time since i saw "My Cousin Vinny." I didn't think all that much of it at the time but maybe I should give it another look.

  4. I wish I had her talent. Once I'm awake, I'm awake and it can take hours and hours for me to go back to sleep. I like your wife. She's very interesting.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. I have to agree with Sandee. This is not a talent I posses. In fact once I am awake I have the hardest time going back to sleep.

  6. A classic flick. "The two youts...." "What's a yout?" Hahaha!

  7. You'd better be careful what you say around her when you think she's asleep.

  8. I want that "talent" of your wife! If I'm awaken at a certain time in the morning, kiss the rest of the night away from getting any more sleep. She needs to patent that ability of her's. She would make a fortune!


  9. I LOVE that movie, I watched it just last week, Joe Pesci is a favourite of mine.
    Loved him in "The Super" and in "With Honors" .
    If I'd known Mrs Cranky had that ability I wouldn't have made my earlier comment. Just go ahead and ignore that.

  10. You mean Mrs Cranky actually falls back to sleep?? Mercy, who knew that was possible.


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