Day Five: Peanut and the Big Fish

21 11 2008
Peanut in her red and black lumberjack (no hat to match)

Peanut in her red and black lumberjack (no hat to match)

I think I’m going to start a weekly Peanut update. For the uninitated, Peanut is the geriatric and oh, so spoiled Pekingese-Yorkie ball of fluff and noise that trolls my apartment for trespassers in between bouts of snoring. She’s incredibly possessive of all the blankets in the house and has even taken over the zabuton my mother made for me a few years ago. At least somebody’s meditating on it, though.

Right now, Peanut smells like corn chips because she won’t let me give her a bath. Yes, let. This chick is stubborn. If there’s something she doesn’t want you to do, like giving her medication or cleaning her ears, she’s not going to let you. One thing she has been letting me get away with, which I’m pleasantly surprised about, is brushing her teeth. I guess everyone, including dogs, can appreciate fresh breath. Now if only she’d let me clean the rest of her up.

Oh, I almost left out the best part. She yowls constantly. If you didn’t know, a yowl is like a meow only it’s coming from a dog. Don’t let me put on shoes or pick up my keys or make any indication that I’m going outside–it’s over. And I really feel for my neighbors because I know they can hear her. If she annoys the hell out of me, imagine how they feel.

Enough about Miss Pea, as my mom calls her. What I’ve really been thinking about is month eight when I have to produce my four-part series. Yes, I’m jumping the gun by seven months, but I can’t help it. As I was folding clothes the other day, I kept thinking about who my dream interviews would include. You know, my Big Fish. Off the top of my head I came up with Janis Gaye, Minnie Riperton’s widower Dick Rudolph, Stevie Wonder, and Leon Ware. I don’t know if I’ll do Stevie, though. What can I write about him that hasn’t been written already? Dick Rudolph and Leon Ware would be fantastic ’cause people know them but they really don’t. The same is true about Janis Gaye, and other than her getting with then-married Marvin Gaye when she was 17-years-old, what does anyone really know about who she is? I may also want to talk to Ludie Montgomery, the sister of Thomasina Montgomery, better known as Tammi Terrell. Ludie Montgomery’s book about Tammi just came out and I hear that Janis Gaye has a book coming out soon, too. And so what all of these artists and their relatives are interconnected in one way or another. That might make the series that much more interesting. In fact, their connections could be the focus of the story. Anyway, I’ve got time to figure out what I’m going to do and how I’m going to get in touch with folks. Still, I’m really excited about it.

Well, it’s time to wake Peanut up to go outside so she won’t pee in my carpet. I’ll check you all tomorrow and be sure to stay tuned for next week’s Peanut Update.

Peanut sleeping in her post office sweater

Peanut sleeping in her post office sweater




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