Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

How Do Women Do This?

Jackie came into the office with a small packet and said, "Did you send for this?"
"What is it?"
"Men's' deodorant. A free sample that came in the mail."
"Do I look like a man who would send for a free sample of deodorant?"
"It's got your name on it."
"They probably sent one to every man in the country. Gimme it."
I opened it up and took a sniff. "Whee-ough."
Jackie examined the box. "It says seven out of ten men prefer it to Old Spice."
"Well I'm part of the ninety-nine percent that hate 'em both."
"It's free so you should use it."
"What, you want me to smell like I just stepped out of a Parisian cathouse?"
"I don't know how a man smells at a time like that. Apparently you do."
"I do not. It's just an expression."
"But you were in Paris, weren't you?"
"I was in Paris on August 25, 1944, the day it was liberated, but I didn't see any women."
"Oh, really? I've seen pictures of that day. Women were everywhere. They were climbing all over GIs, kissing and hugging them, things like that."
"That was when guys came along later. We were being shot at. Once in a while, anyway."
"So you didn't see any women?"
"I saw one woman. She was wearing a white medical coat. Somebody got shot so she came running out of a pharmacy to help."
"So that was it. Out of the entire population of Paris, you saw one woman."
"I wasn't counting, you know."
"No, I'll bet you weren't. Too busy, huh?"
"Dammit, I was trying not to get shot."
She began walking away. "If you say so. Don't forget to use the free sample you sent for."


Blogger STAG said...

Hmmm. Methinks she has heard that story before....

11:54 AM  
Blogger Dick Stodghill said...

You're probably right.

12:47 PM  

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