The Island King and Saul Overman have been best friends for almost 30 years.
Which means that when I met the Island King 25 years ago, Saul
sort of came with the package.
Luckily, we get along so the fact that he's around a lot doesn't
But lately I've been noticing a trend.
We've been to Tower Camp several times in the past 2 months and
those two have been friends for so long that they've morphed into
this little old married couple.
They bicker constantly and one night they started arguing over the
heat of the fire and I swear I laughed until I cried.
When Saul looked at the Island King and said “I'm gonna hit you
with this stick if you put one more log on that fire” I almost fell
out of my chair.
They intentionally poke at each other – just like married
people. They remind me a lot of my mother's parents who used to crack
Saul is big on maps and knowing exactly where he's going and how
he's going to get there. The Island King has been married to me long
enough to have learned the fine art of throwing the map out the
window and seeing “where this road goes”
So whenever they go off together Saul will be looking at his map,
telling the Island King to turn this way or that and of course the
Island King turns the opposite direction. Which freaks Saul out and
always makes me laugh.
They also like to go to yard sales and flea markets together,
where they spend all of their time saying to each other “You don't
need that. Why are you buying that?”
Just like little old married people.
While all of this is funny, the real kicker is that both of them
have a good degree of hearing loss.
I know I shouldn't laugh about that but one of them will say
something, the other won't hear, the first one yells his sentence and
inevitably the other one will say “Why are you yelling at me?”
A lot of times I'll be standing next to one of them and he can
tell the other said something but couldn't hear what so he'll look at
me and ask what was said.
This is a terrible thing to admit but the fact is that I am unable
to control myself and stir the pot - a LOT.
“He said you suck at making a fire” or “He said you don't
know how to work the stove” or “What did you do to him – he
just called you an a$$hole”
Which then causes them to bicker more and me to laugh even harder.
Saul and I were both bitching about different things at the same
time the other day and the Island King threw his hands up in the air
and said “Why on earth ANY man would want 2 wives I'll never
Saul yelled “I'm not your wife!” and I fell out of the chair
Hanging out with the two of them always guarantees me a good