Funny about Money

Simple Living = Frugality = Peace of Mind: Personal Finance and Stress Control

3 Cast of Characters

Who are all these people, anyway? Here’s a list of the dramatis personae:

Anna H. Banana
An aged German shepherd, deceased mid-2008

My secretary, mercifully now former

La Bethulia
Partner to La Maya; a psychiatric professional

Biker Boob
The tattooed fright who lives next door to Pretty Daughter (see below); given to allowing his unmuffled vehicles to idle in the driveway for ten to twenty minutes before blasting off at high volume

Bobbie McGee
A hard-looking character who waits tables at the restaurant of the same name. Lives with Biker Boob.

Carlos the Knife
One of my most interesting neighbors: in his dotage, he occasionally takes after his 88-year-old wife (Inez) and his adult daughters with the kitchen cutlery.

A Corgi, late a resident of the dog pound

The Copyeditor’s Desk
Funny about Money’s other incarnation

The affable neighbor across the street, proprietor of Dave’s Used Car Lot, Marina, and Weed Arboretum; now also former

Dr. C
A local gynecologist

Dr. P
A nationally prominent breast surgeon at the Mayo clinic

Dr. W
A radiation oncologist at the Mayo Clinic

Dr. W2
A local medical oncologist

Dr. W3
A local surgeon

My former husband of twenty years, a corporate lawyer

Her Deanship
My immediate boss

An extraordinary and beautiful old woman who lives across the street from me. Now and again she shows up at my front door seeking shelter from her addled husband, Carlos the Knife, who amuses himself by chasing family members around, kitchen cutlery in hand.

La Maya
A colleague at the Great Desert University who happens to live around the corner from me

My son, a thirtyish refugee from San Francisco’s dot-com bust, now stuck in the lowlands of the Sonoran Desert

Mr. B***
A crazed neighbor and former rental property emperor; a.k.a. The Perp, who threw about three gallons of used motor oil over the back wall into my swimming pool

Our Beloved Employer, a sobriquet for The Great Desert University

Other Daughter
One of Mr. B***’s daughters, living two doors down from me, on disability because of her mental illness. She is married to the schizophrenic Son-in-Law, who also lives on disability and whose antics sometimes bring squad cars full of cops and sometimes bring vans full of social service workers. Depends on the phase of the moon, I guess.

Pretty Daughter
Mr. B***’s professed favorite daughter, who lives catty-corner across the street from me with her two kids, both just bursting into their teens

The Kid
A talented, bright, incredibly well organized, and hard-working young woman who serves as my associate editor at the Great Desert University. AKA Tina (below)

The Perp

Mr. B*** (see above)

The Raven
President of the Great Desert University, admired in some quarters and abominated in others

Ruby the Corgi Puppy
Self-explanatory, no? A cute little pesk acquired during Cassie the Corgi’s seventh year on this planet

Satan and Proserpine
Former owners of my present abode. Inveterate do-it-yourselfers, these worthies left the house with cosmetically attractive improvements hiding a maze of not-to-code lash-ups, lied blithely to cover up the results of their DIY efforts, and ripped off the waterfall showerhead before they left. It took two licensed electricians six hours of steady work to make the wiring in the house safe. That was just the beginning…

Semi-Demi-Exboyfriend, now Sun City’s most athletic citizen

The Son-in-Law
Other Daughter’s husband, a paranoid schizophrenic she brought home after a lengthy absence; occasionally goes off his meds and creates some neighborhood drama

My associate editor and business partner in a side venture

Young Dr. Kildare (casually known as YDK)
A local D.O. practicing general medicine who is distinguished by his charming good looks and his extraordinary fund of common sense

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  4. Hilarious! Never read this part of your blog before, although I was captivated by 1-6 and became a subscriber after that.

  5. This is sooo hilarious – not sure what id it’s giving you for me, but I think “Di Eats the Elephant” at should be the one to watch…my alter-ego (trying to make $8M in 5 years) is involved with a wordpress blog group related to blog started by a mysterious Australian bloke named AJC. He takes off the shades and the hat for some interesting weekly interactive videos. Then we call him Adrian.

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  30. Though the blog is nice and you have the “gift” for writing…..based on your “cast of character” breakdown your life has REALITY TV SHOW written all over it!!! Seriously if there is a following for a bunch of gals complaining about bridesmaids dresses on cable, there certainly is room for a smart educated gal who has decided to make “lemonade out of the lemons” in her life. I’d give it some thought….