New Castle News

News Bloggers

March 18, 2014

Gary Church: I’m not Bugs Bunny, but I know my carats

NEW CASTLE — You may wonder where the inspiration for my blogs comes from.

Sometimes, I wonder that myself.

Here is a great example of how it happens.

It was Sunday afternoon, and my wife and I were sitting in our recliners, sort of relaxing.

The house was silent, when all of a sudden she blurts out, "I didn't know that!"

At first I looked around to see who she was talking to. I thought perhaps she had come up with an invisible friend or something, and I could start making plans to have her committed.

I saw no one.

Curiosity got the best of me.  I asked, "What didn't you know, dear?"

She was looking at a gold chain necklace that she had just removed from her neck. She said, "This is 14-carat gold."

Since it is unusual for my wife to wear any jewelry that didn't come from Dollar General, I asked, "Where did you get it?"

She told me that I had gotten it for her.

I replied, "You know I only buy the best for you."

I am not into jewelry so I asked, "What does 14-carat gold mean?"

She said, "It means it's better than 10 carat gold."

What a great explanation! She should be on the History Channel, just explaining stuff.

She has had that thing for 15 years, and is now just finding out that it's a half decent one?

I'll remember that, the next time I go shopping.

If it takes her 15 years to figure out how much I paid for something, at her current age, I might as well buy the cheap stuff. She won't be able to read the tag in 15 years.

I hope they make a one carat. I'll just etch a four next to it before I give it to her.

By the way, she still has not worn the scarf I got her for Valentine’s Day. Maybe 15 years from now she'll say, "I didn't know I had this."

Of course, she will probably be speaking to the other residents in the home.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
News Bloggers
  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: "The Bachelorette" semi-live blog

    Here we go folks: “The Bachelorette” finale is under way and of course we’re being inundated with sweeping helicopter shots of beaches and exotic locations while Chris Harrison is telling us how dramatic this upcoming episode will be. Classic opening for “The Bachelorette,” as always.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Readers (a few anyway) respond on Alvarez

    Last week I asked readers to share their thoughts on what the Pirates should do with the struggling Pedro Alvarez and we’ll get to that in a minute. For some background, Alvarez has two years left on his deal and makes a modest salary of 4.25 million this season (modest in terms of baseball salaries as paying me 4.25 million dollars for anything would be gladly accepted). His salary will likely increase the next two seasons through arbitration. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: As you may have noticed, I'm not Lisa
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! The big cheese called me, and asked if I would mind if my blogs appeared on Monday, instead of on Tuesday. I had no problem with that.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drespling.jpg Josh Drespling: Time flies when you're growing up

    Where does the time go? Just a moment ago, it was Monday, and now here we sit at the opposite end of another week. Seems like a matter of seconds and this month has slipped off into oblivion. I swear I only blinked and spring had been stripped from our hands. I don't dare close my eyes for another moment’s rest or my whole life may disappear.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: Grab your sisters and your mothers, it's an ice cream 'convent'-ion
    To keep my nice figure, I like to go to Forbush's at least once a week. This is also my entertainment for the night.  We sit there for an hour or so, watching people. Last week, a group arrived that I had never seen before.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • johnnyswim.jpg Tim Kolodziej: What is your definition of The Dream?

    Johnnyswim. I know, I know. Me neither. I had no idea what that word meant until a couple of months ago, when a friend of mine on Twitter was absolutely gushing about a great concert he had just seen.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: Does "House of Cards" crumble or stand?

    The old Couch Potato has been methodically working my way through the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards,” over the past few weeks and let me just say, it’s pretty good. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: It was an uphill climb, but this driver was a real trooper

    It's always a tragedy when I have to cover a drowning for The News. I hope I never have to go to Kennedy Mills again for this purpose. It is located at the bottom of a twisty, turning hill on Frew Mill Road.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Happy_Ending.jpg Lisa Madras: I struggle with goodbyes, so I’ll just say ‘thank you’

    After 12 amazing years at the New Castle News, it is finally time for me to say goodbye.  I walked through the doors of this building believing that I had found the place I would live out the rest of my days, content in the chaos of deadlines and bylines, inky fingers and editorials.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Drespling.jpg Josh Drespling: When the family’s away, this bachelor will ... work?

    It was inevitable. I knew it was coming and the situation was unavoidable. Over the course of the last few weeks I have been preparing myself for this moment and it has finally come.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

Do you talk to yourself when you're alone?

Yes, but I’m basically just thinking out loud.
No, that would be weird.
I don’t know. Next time I’m alone, I’ll ask.
     View Results