Feb. 19, 2022


It's tough to be a romantic....’cause we think with our hearts--not our heads. And…. in my case.....when it comes to love, I just can't fake it.

I've known women who get aroused, turned-on, at the very thought of dating-- maybe marrying-- a guy with money. For some, money makes up for bad manners, bad teeth, bad breath....even dirty fingernails. Money's been known to make a woman leave a hard-working husband, excited to think her wealthy playboy-secret lover...might marry her.

A secretary at Erie Public Television married her long-time boyfriend who owned a profitable septic tank cleaning business. I remember the afternoon she paraded him around the Television Station,  showing off her 4 karat diamond engagement ring and bragging about the red Cadillac Convertible he promised to buy her as a wedding present.

 Some say Love Is Blind and I would add that, in a few cases, Love may have also lost its sense of smell. Either the Septic Tank boyfriend wore the same uniform day after day OR-- he needed to add more bleach to his laundry detergent. That day, I wasn't the only one at the TV Station who thought the bathrooms had either overflowed or were stopped-up!  And, I couldn't help but notice the dark stains on his hands and under his nails.  I knew his hands hadn't been repotting house plants.

Another interesting story about women, love, and money--is this one:

Back in the early seventies, when I was struggling through a divorce, a boyfriend from my high school days stopped by to visit. He just wanted to say Hi and tell me about his latest love affair with a married woman. He described her as being the "hottest" woman he'd ever experienced and used the expression: "Hot To Trot."    It didn't take much persuading before he told me her name and--it didn't take me long to tell him my opinion.

The woman had "a reputation" in our small town for sleeping with a variety of men OTHER than her husband.  Her husband was a pharmacist, someone I liked on a professional basis. His name was Phil and I considered him a gentleman. I knew little about his personal life except that he was a hard worker-- the father of two daughters AND-- the husband of a woman who considered herself too-cute and too-sexy for just one man. The last gossip I heard before leaving America for China was: Phil's wife was divorcing him for one of her many boyfriends.

Fast-forward about three years: I opened my email one morning and found an article from the front page of a Las Vegas Newspaper:

Phil Strickland of Pine Bluff, Ark. won $8.2 million at Harrah's Las Vegas in 1993, the largest jackpot in Vegas history.

The article was about Phil, my long-ago friend. It talked about how sad and depressed he'd been over his painful divorce. In desperation, he had accepted his brother's offer to enjoy an all-expense paid weekend in Vegas. Afraid Phil might be entertaining thoughts of suicide, Phil's brother hoped the change of scenery would give Phil a more hopeful outlook on life.

Neither of them was prepared for what happened on their trip.  In only one day of randomly-feeding the slot machines, Phil hit the largest jackpot in Vegas History. One minute Phil was a struggling Pharmacist, devastated over losing his wife and his business,  then---the next minute---he was the winner of 8.2 million dollars!

Would you be surprised if I told you Phil's wife had a sudden-change of heart-- decided she still loved her husband-- then called-off the divorce?!?!?

 Maybe--what happens in Vegas---should stay in Vegas.

Simply, Sally

Latest comments

17.10 | 01:42

I miss being Facebook friends with you! Hope you are well and happy.

Tammy Brookover Jay

15.10 | 01:28

Love all of this. I'm so lucky to be your neighbor,

30.08 | 16:26

Sally, my friend, I love your writings and sometimes they make me cry and then smile. I love you as if I had known you all my life. God Bless you each and every day in all you do.

29.08 | 19:19

Lol, I loved reading this story! As a female that dated a couple men with Harleys, I totally understand and met Harley Guy myself, many times over!
I hope you get your 3wheels someday soon!

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