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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

TRAP SET, She’s A waitin, because I’m Old, Bait not Taken


TRAP SET, She’s A waitin, because I’m Old, Bait not Taken*

I almost always know where my cell phone is.  There are two  exceptions. One is when the phone is being charged.  I will pat every pocket and look in every place I have recently been, looking for the damn thing.

Mrs. C has to prod me.

“Did you look in the charging area?”

“Oh Yeah, thanks.”

The other place is at the bowling lanes.  For some reason, perhaps I’m too upset at not hitting a ten pin spare, I often forget my phone which is always in view on the table.

In past years, bowling team partner, Sue, volunteered to remind me about my phone after the match was over.

“Ahem…forget something?”

“Oh crap, my phone, thanks.”

This year Mrs. C joined the team and it is her job to remind me to take my cell phone at the end of the night.

Mrs. C is not as nice about it as Sue.

The other night, as usual, I forgot my phone.  Did Mrs. C remind me?  No she did not.

Instead she put it in her pocket, thereby setting a wife like trap.

She was just waiting for me to suddenly remember my phone.  She would watch me panic.  She would hear me curse.  Finally she would hear me complain that she didn’t remember to remind me to take my phone.

In her head:

“Oh crap, I left my phone at the alleys!”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, it is not on me and I always forget the damn thing after bowling…you know that!  Why didn’t you remember to remind me? Sue always did!”

“So did I you big jerk, I have the phone right here, now apologize!”

In reality:

All the way home just talk about the bowling.  At home just talk about snacks and what is on TV.  In bed watching TV.  Finally starting to fall asleep.

“Aren’t you missing something?”

“I am? What?”

“Your cell phone you jerk!  You forgot it at the lanes again, I had to remember it, put it in my pocket and bring it home and you didn’t even miss it! HERE!!”

“Oh yeah.  Thanks.”

“You’re no fun at all, you are too oblivious to even remember you did not remember your phone.”

“Well you shouldn’t try and set me up to be a jerk.”

“Doesn’t matter, you’re a jerk for not being a jerk!”

If marriage was a game, Mrs. C would be undefeated.


*No valedictorian was consulted in this title.



  1. I always read your posts, but I gotta admit, I clicked on this one extra-quick, because of the title!

    You outsmarted the outsmarter. Unless you really DID forget that you forgot your phone until Mrs. C mentioned it. Which doesn't make you a jerk, but more of a fun-sucker, as my students used to call me. Someone who sucks the fun out of every situation.

  2. That was funny. She had to hate it when she planed a prank and you didn't even bite. Might be the best way to stop her trying to trap you.

  3. That's why I don't have a cell phone. I use the landline. A bit difficult with a long trailing wire wherever I go; but at least I never lose the phone.

    God bless.

    1. I wish we could all go back to the land line mode.

    2. I agree, Haddock. Although ... for a while, I stopped receiving or being able to send/make calls. I later discovered that a chair was leaning over the phone cable and all the messages were held up at that point. As soon as I moved the chair I got about 30 calls which were held up on the line!

      God bless.

  4. Mrs. C. is undefeated. We've known that for years.

    Have a fabulous day, Joe. ☺

  5. Good laugh for today! I love Mrs. C.

  6. I won't even tell you how many times I have to ask my wife to dial my phone with hers so I can track it down.

  7. Oh now, that is mean.
    Maybe even ornery?
    No, just plain mean.