It’s Why I Blog

Welcome to Day 4 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 mechanics agree is the reason your car is making that weird noise. Today’s prompt is Friendship, and you can thank our friend P.J. for this one. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before your car went kaboom.

 It’s Why I Blog

A real friend walks in when everyone else walks out. ~ Walter Winchell

babies holding hands

We were so cute 30 years ago.

I’ve known CheesyMike for about 30 years. He’s my best friend. He was the one who suggested we start a blog. Yes, that’s right. If not for CheesyMike, none of you would be participating in this challenge. Feel free to show him your appreciation.

I think the reason why our friendship has lasted so long is because CheesyMike has a real knack for saying just the right thing at the right time. Like the time I was dating a younger man. A much younger man. I was talking with Mike on the phone about somewhere I had gone with this much younger man and how much fun we’d had when Mike cut in with:

“Hey! You do realize he’s closer to Jake’s* age than yours, right?”

Oh, but it does get better. Here are just a couple other things Mike has said to me over the course of our friendship.

“Hey, to save my ass, I’d totally push a friend under a bus.”

“You know, we should talk less more often. I have better material.”

And, my personal favourite, after he put on my sunglasses:

“It’s like looking through your eyes. Wow, it’s like I’m Nicky. God, I’m such a bitch!”

But besides his obvious way with words, CheesyMike has a lot of really good qualities. Unfortunately, I just can’t seem to think of any of them at the moment.

*Jake is my oldest son. He was 11 at the time.


Now go check out the other participants. You might just make a friend and they could probably really use one right now. I know I could.

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  • Hey Nicky! Yes, I have a special friend like that; it’s a blessing isn’t it?

    Your story made me chuckle for the wrong reasons, tho. A university friend of mine got married to a much younger woman a few years ago, and in his speech at the reception, he recounted how delighted his young son (from his first marriage) was, because “now he has someone to play with who’s much closer to his own age.” Oh, how she smiled at that. They’re divorced now.

    Friendship can be tested every day, but the very best always last, whatever you throw at them. And for that I’m always grateful.

    Indigo x

  • One, you people get up way too early.

    Two, I liked the part about him looking through your eyes. Um, yeah, not that I think you’re a bitch or anything. 😉

  • KZ

    Speaking for myself, I am up way too late. It’s hard work keeping up with the writing, reading, and commenting. Who the hell came up with this idea?

  • KZ

    That “bitch” comment about the sunglasses was hilarious. Mike sounds like an awesome person to be friends with. This was a lovely tribute, Nicky.

  • I don’t know, but I think they need to be throttled, whoever they are. 😉

  • A friend like CheesyMike is worth all the cheese in the world. I could use one like him. (But, I’m going to have to remember not to leave my sunglasses where he can get at them.)

  • It was Oscar Wilde who said “True friends stab you in the front”. Mike strikes me as a true friend.

  • Cadeaux

    All my best friends are guys. Maybe it’s a woman/guy thing?
    And I hope no one reads that “We should talk less more often…” line – as I’ll always hear that one. I never, ever, ever, ever shut up. I’ve had two hour phone conversations calling up the cat food company and speaking to the customer service person. (Honestly, no joking…I’ve done this.)

  • Cadeaux

    I’m just trying for the coveted “#1 position. Maybe tomorrow.

  • I have a very best friend, too. I’ve known her all her life, and we’ve been best friends for 30 years as well. Love and friendship is really what life is all about. Without it we have nothing.

  • Hah! CheesyMike is awesome. And so are you, gorgeous.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Strange, I knew you were a bitch and I’ve never put your sunglasses on. Maybe we should be best friends, too.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Will somebody please tell Nathanael, KZ and PJ that I can’t comment on their blogs and don’t have a way to contact them that I can see? I am reading….don’t know that the problem is….need more drugs and alcohol stat…..

  • Gosh, I can see where Cheesy Mike is an awesome friend…he’s such a smooth talker and all.

    I think it’s awesome that you have maintained your friendship so long. The fact you didn’t go in separate directions and lose the commonalities that made you friends in the first place.

  • Awwwwwwwwwwww.

    I love your friendship with Cheesy Mike.

    And ya know, the harder the truth to tell, the truer the friend that tells it!

  • Psssssst –

    I have a question…. I’m not really sure about the
    rules of this particular writing challenge, and I know I said I wasn’t
    going to participate, but the post I have on my site right now, totally
    involves friendships AND why I blog.

    Hmmmmm…….Should I add my link, even though I wrote it last week, and even though a lot of the content is pretty gross?

  • Yes, mystery guest, you should add your link even though you wrote it last week and it’s pretty gross. There are no rules here. And we like gross. 🙂

  • The world needs more CheesyMikes!

  • A great story, Nicky. Friend that last a lifetime are worth something extra. Maybe a block of cheese?

  • I thought we already were. Now I’m sad.

  • Hmm…. that was ME. I’m the mystery guest. Why did it come up like that? Maybe it’s a sign I’m NOT supposed to add my link!

  • NO! It’s not a sign!! Please add your link or I’ll add it for you! 🙂

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I don’t think you can have more than one best friend. Could be wrong, tho.

  • Oh, alright! I love you.

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  • Ouch! In reference to Jake’s age or maybe that pencil I picked up from the wrong end.

    In any case, that is so cool that you’ve known each other for 30 years. That’s worth more than anything. But how did you know that my car is making a weird noise that has nothing to do with my singing?

    I’m sorry I’m not partipating in 28 days. Last week was brutal on the stress o-meter. Though, I might jump in for a couple of days. It’s so great that you and Mike host this writing challenge from time to time.

  • Well now I’m all emotional. I mean, I have a bunch of Kleenex in case I get emotional.

    I know, I know, I always know just what to say, right? 😉

  • I totally get the stress o-meter, Lauren! But if you can, feel free to jump in any time. You know you’re always welcome.

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  • But both of you are named Mike so it’s like I only have one best friend. Who’s my best friend? Mike is! See?

  • Those quotes had me laughing out loud!!!!

    “You know, we should talk less more often. I have better material.”

    “It’s like looking through your eyes. Wow, it’s like I’m Nicky. God, I’m such a bitch!”



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