Chateau de Bunny

This Saturday, I’ve been asked to give the eulogy for my high school printing instructor. I enrolled in Graphic Arts, thinking it might lead to a future where I could utilize my skill with crayons and colored markers. I soon discovered Graphic Arts was just a fancy name for printing.

It was there, in printing class, where I met the most beautiful young woman. She had long, flowing hair and a smile that could light up the entire western hemisphere. We became inseparable, and were married shortly after my nineteenth birthday. That was forty-one years ago this month.

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copyright - CE Ayr (aka - Honest John)
copyright – CE Ayr (aka – Honest John)

“Are you sure this is the right address?” Harry studied the smeared ink blots scrawled on a cocktail napkin.

“Of course it is. Honest John said it had a metal gate.” Lloyd pressed his face against the lattice and peered inside.

“It doesn’t look anything like the pictures in the magazine or on TV. You don’t think Honest John would rip us off, do you?”

“Nah. Once you walk through that front door in your smoking jacket and silk pajamas, girls will be all over you, Harry.”

“That’ll be cool. Who would’ve thought we could afford our own Playboy Mansion?”

After conferring with Perry, we decided these to rename the characters Harry & Lloyd, as this is supposed to be fiction.


48 thoughts on “Chateau de Bunny

  1. Dear Lloyd,

    I fear the only bunnies they’re going to find are ones with long flowing ears. Carrot juice anyone? Better luck next time guys.

    I took Graphic Arts in high school, too. All that I learned about offset lithography need not apply in this day and age, does it? At least you got Connie out of the deal.




    1. Unfortunately, Offset Lithography is dying. Mr. Murphy used to say, “You’ll never get rich as a printer, but you won’t go hungry either.” That was true until about 20 years ago. Today, everything is electronic or digital print–the only exception being packaging.

      That class was like a box of Cracker Jacks, and I got the prize.


  2. This is particularly funny after hearing the stories on NPR about good old Hugh coming with his mansion ~ which they also said is incredibly dirty. Can’t imagine. BUT I can imagine your story. Well done.


    1. I heard that story too. The place is pretty run down, with little or no maintenance for decades. Hugh is not getting any younger either. I saw him talking about Viagra on TV. “The greatest recreational drug ever,” according to Hugh. I’m glad you could visualize Harry and Lloyd in smoking jackets (with soap bubble coming from their plastic pipes).


  3. Sorry about your instructor. Over 40 years ago, I’m sure he wasn’t young. And happy anniversary.

    I’m not too sure, but I doubt if a smoking jacket and silk pajamas will entice many bunnies to their make-believe Playboy mansion….


  4. The funny thing is Harry and Lloyd have been seen around town with young beautiful girls for quite some time now. I’m still trying to figure out how Russell and I got stuck with a mortgage and two women named Madge and Ernestine who have us scrubbing floors.


  5. Happy anniversary to you and Connie! You must be doing something right for her to keep you!
    Fun story as well…Never trust ANYONE who puts “Honest” as their first name!


  6. Happy anniversary to you and Connie! I think I once bought a car from Honest John’s brother Honest Al – an award winning car – made it to the top 10 lemons of the last 50 years.


    1. You mean we shouldn’t sign up for the Honeymoon Suite on his Challenger Cruise to the Moon on Valentine’s Day? Connie was so looking forward to seeing Mt. Rushmore from outer space. And it’s only $495 per person.


  7. Ahhh, you! I want to focus on the story, but I was stuck on the intro! Such a sweet story, Russell and I love that you still feel so happy with your find! Of course, the Bunny Ranch… oops, wrong place… the Playboy mansion might put an end to all of that romance!


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