Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Kid Brother's Birthday

Today is The Kid Brother's birthday. (Click for last year's birthday post and more info on The Kid.) Unlike me, Chuck is quite capable in the kitchen. He even owns a wok — in which, I believe, he has been known to cook pork chops.  But, still, he does use the wok.

JUST BEFORE I TRIED TO SHOOT HIM OUT OF THE CANNON.
(AROUND 1962. FORT TICONDEROGA, NY.)

In addition to my brother's developmental issues, he can be obsessive-compulsive. We all have a bit of it, I suppose. I like to align things. Our mother, The Dowager Duchess, folds plastic grocery bags into flat 4-inch squares that look like they've been ironed, and she folds sheets and pillowcases so perfectly that you can't tell which are the fitted sheets until you've unfolded them.

BACK HOME ON LONG ISLAND.

The Kid Brother's OCD leads him to make the fluffiest scrambled eggs imaginable. He beats and whisks the eggs into a froth of perfection.

IN THE LATE '80s, PUT TO WORK IN OUR CONNECTICUT KITCHEN.

In honor of Chuck's birthday, I was going to bake a cake. But then I thought of how it would probably turn out. So I sent a gift by mail instead. Sorry, Charlie! Watch the below tutorial to see why there's no cake. (Chuck loves The Three Stooges.)

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WISEGUY!

20 comments:

  1. Yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chuck!
    And don't listen to YOU KNOW WHO......you know how big brothers can be! LOL
    I am a huge fan of the 3 Stooges too!
    Have a great day!

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    1. Jim:
      Chuck rolls his eyes at me... often. And his most usual response to things I say: "Are you nuts?!?"

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  2. Happy Birthday Chuck!

    But this: "she folds sheets and pillowcases so perfectly that you can't tell which are the fitted sheets until you've unfolded them."

    That's not a bad thing, right? Not that I do it ...



    ... but I do it.

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    1. Bob:
      My mother taught me how to fold sheets a long time back. It didn't stick.She'd be so proud of you.

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  3. Penblwyn happus
    Happy birthday in welsh!

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    1. John:
      Welsh words always look like names for body parts to me. Would love to hear how this is said!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Chuck! Hope you have a very special day. It's great to have the love of your mother and your older brother.

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  5. Happy Birthday Chuck... hope you don't have to bake your own cake... but on second thought, that might now be so bad. Just have a great day!

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    1. Sharon:
      Baking his own cake would definitely be a better idea.

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  6. Happy birthday to your brother. I could see where that clip was going. Unfortunately in the side bar are lots of other Three Stooges clips, damn you.

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    1. Andrew:
      I'm sure Chuck has seen that clip a hundred times (at least) and I'm sure he'll laugh when he sees it online Sunday.

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  7. Happy Birthday to Chuck! He has excellent taste in brothers!

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    1. Kristi:
      Doesn't he though? How lucky can one little brother get!?!

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  8. I still remember the Three Stooges actually cooking - maybe it was this show before they put the cake in the oven? "Separate two eggs" always cracked me up and I still do that bit to this day. I'm a real card in the kitchen...

    Gas on.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Chuck would love you. Anyone who can do Three Stooges routines for 40 years without tiring is alright. I'm regularly required to perform as a Stooge for him. (It's fairly easy for me.)

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  9. Happy Birthday Chuck.
    I'm not the least bit OCD, which why it doesn't bug me ....at ALL... that it's not CDO.

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    1. Jacquelineand...
      I always wished it were COD or DOC, but then that would probably be confusing. But shouldn't there be punctuation?

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    1. Spo:
      Thanks. He'll be at my mother's tomorrow and will see this post. He'll love the good wishes.

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