Monday, September 28, 2009

Meg's Second Bar Fight


My brother is getting a divorce.  

Without saying too much it involves stolen prescription drugs, a private investigator, threats from a married man, and a lawsuit over two horses that were paid for but never acquired (my sister-in-law bought them for a get-rich-quick scheme and my brother, having no place to board them, told the seller to keep the money and the horses).

Anyway, it all kind of takes the heat off me and my divorce.  

Still, my Buddhist-leaning beliefs realize that everyone is in pain.  Which is the reason I approached my sister-in-law's nephew in the bar.  "What's between them is between them," I said.  "We shouldn't let it affect our ability to say hey to each other."

Well, apparently not everyone buys into my Buddhist-leaning beliefs. Especially if they've been at the bar longer than I have, because he turned to me and said, "He's not even your brother."

Not even my brother?   

This was the last thing I expected to hear.  In fact, never once in my 39 years did I ever hear or even think that my brother wasn't my brother.   Technically he's my half-brother.  But my dad adopted him before I was born and we were raised together. Which makes him my brother.

I was so baffled with this guy's retort that my Buddhist-leaning beliefs flew out the bodhi tree, and I put my face in his and well...the rest is not very pretty so let's just say we needed to be separated.

Did I mention that the guy has been to my  home at Christmas and played guitar with my son and drank my expensive micro-brews?

Which is the reason I found myself standing outside of the bar, crying on the street.  If my good intentions can't be received by someone who's consumed mirco-brews in my home at Christmas, what hope is there for the Israelis and the Palestinians?

In the midst of my tears, a young woman with the tattoo, "If you can walk you can dance.  If you can talk you can sing" walked by.

She gave me a hug.


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18 comments:

Nooter said...

if you shared one of your expensive microbrews with me i wouldnt fight you. mmmm... microbrew...

April said...

What an ass!

Danielle said...

Hugs! That guy doesn't deserve to drink brew with you.

JD at I Do Things said...

Wow. What a crappy thing to say. No more microbrews for you, asshole. Sorry for swearing.

I love that tattoo saying. And I love that the woman gave you a hug.

Here's another one: ***HUG!***

ReformingGeek said...

YIKES! Um, bam, bam, bam! That was my eastern philosphy backhand.

Sometimes we just have to detach. Forgiveness comes later.

Candice said...

Did you at least get a good punch in? Knee to the balls at least?

Please say you did.

A Free Man said...

Family shit is just shitty. Especially a nasty break up.

But hey, a hug always helps. I'd give you one if I were a bit closer.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Ick. I got that sort of crap in terms of my sister being my half-sister.

There are some absurd people in the universe.

Don't worry, in his next life he'll be a cockroach. (Not your bro - your SIL's nephew).

sage said...

What a jerk... If you do invite him back at Christmas--be sure that he's only offered a Bud or Coors to drink while everyone is downing the good stuff... I want to be invited to your Christmas party--I take it you have a good stout or porter on hand.

for a different kind of girl said...

It's classy when someone who clearly has a family issue throws up something that ISN'T an issue. I will not use the D word, but I'll go with ass, instead.

Matt-Man said...

There's an ancient, yet quite obscure Buddhist maxim by which I like to live: Fuck Em.

Try it, I think it applies here. Cheers Meg!!

Cat said...

Well, he is related to the crazy horse buying woman. I guess we can't expect any better.

Kathy said...

Doesn't the Buddhist doctrine dictate love and peace, except in the case of assholes? I thought so.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

didn't realize you are also a fellow ohioan and your soon-to-be former brother-in-law is ... an ass

bernthis said...

If my good intentions can't be received by someone who's consumed mirco-brews in my home at Christmas, what hope is there for the Israelis and the Palestinians?


pure genius. (I may have sent you this comment already but just in case)

Kay said...

Here's a hug from me too!

Wow, what an ass. So sorry about your brother...

... sending you happy thoughts!

Anndi said...

Why is it that other people's issue bring out the inner asshat in some?

Ann's Rants said...

What a dick.

Good thing you could temper your buddist side with your son's textbook education in arguing!

Thanks for stopping by my WOW interview. I really appreciate it!