I’m from a big combined family. All in all there are five boys and a girl.
Just 4 of us boys. We got into mom's make-up while she was gone. She was SUPER happy when she got home to see us like this.
(From L to R Gabe, Jason, Scott, and me.)
Before the internet, before cable TV, before we got our first NINTENDO that we saved up for as a family, we played outdoors. And when my older brother Jason got bored, he would tell me lies. BIG lies. And I would believe every single one of them. As I learned later, I was a gullible child. I’m a gullible adult too. But that’s all going to change once that prince from Nigeria sends me all that money.
I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought it might be fun to tell you one of the big lies my brother told me, and I thought they were truth until embarrassingly late in life.
As a family we took a vacation to a town I’m comfortable now in saying is the worst place ever to go on vacation. It was some aunt’s farm in Chetopa, Kansas. When we weren’t getting paid a penny per fly we killed on the front porch, (I’m still owed thousands of dollars from that deal. I never saw ONE of those pennies.) we were trying unsuccessfully to not annoy our parents. After a day or two, the folks got us off the farm to go see Big Brutus.
I naively asked Jason “Who is Big Brutus?” He went on to explain to me how Big Brutus was a giant man. So big that he had to have a giant earth mover built for him. And so, they built a giant bulldozer for him to work on, so he would have something to do.
This is what Big Brutus probably looked like
We got to the gate where my dad asked the lady in the booth something, and I asked Jason “what’s happening?”
Without any effort at all, he told me that apparently “…Big Brutus wasn’t there today, but, we can go look around the bulldozer anyway.”
I may have been seven when this happened. I actually passed this information along to people. Who looked at me like I was crazy. I didn’t find out Jason had lied to me until I was probably 14, when I realized I had never seen a giant before, and maybe they didn’t exist.
Jason has a beautiful wife and two smart sons, with big imaginations, that I’m sure he tells a tall tale or two to every now and again.
Because of all of the lies Jason has told me, this may end up being a series of Harry Potter proportions when it’s done.
Oh, and by the way, this is Big Brutus. Probably the number one tourist destination in south east Kansas during the mid 80’s. A lot like Studio 54 except not at all.