Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prank Wars

Ganelle and I have known each other for twelve years, a relationship based on a mutual disdain for tofu and a love of all things Mrs. Fields. Also, we have been playing jokes on each other for the duration of our friendship. I’m pretty sure I started it when I decorated a van she was preparing to take to the mountains full of kids from our arch-rival high school – the tin cans attached to the bumper were like bells of angels at 5am. She reciprocated with fliers distributed on all the cars at the airport with my picture on it and a phone number to call me “For A Good Time”. Cory and I stuck with the airport theme for our next gig and dressed as nerds to pick them up after a flight from the Pacific, back in the day when we were free to meet people at the gate. (This picture exists, but is unfortunately packed in a box somewhere deep in the annals of my garage. Sorry. Maybe later.)

But I have to say, my crowning accomplishment came when I submitted an outdated picture along with a cheesy update to her college alumni magazine without her knowledge, AND THEY PUBLISHED IT!! We’re still not sure how many ex-boyfriends witnessed this section in the magazine, but I’m confident it’s enough to satiate me my entire life. To retaliate, she secretly made a copy of my house key, then used it when we were on vacation to change our answering machine message, replace every photo in my home with her picture (as well as hiding a total of 140 copies throughout the house), and put our home up for sale. She got two phone calls from interested buyers. Not bad.

I was finding photos of her for months. A year afterward I got out our Pack ‘N Play for a friend who was visiting with her baby and found another copy, and I was pretty sure that was the last one. Until today. I was cleaning out my crawl space, packing up our crap Cory’s 300,000 baseball cards our stuff when I found what has to be the final picture, discovered inside a box that held a Christmas Tree Stand that we no longer use:



It’s been FOUR YEARS. I cannot believe she braved the dark and creepy crawl space! Then again, we’ve never been much for understanding boundaries. Perhaps that’s another reason we get along so well. So, the fun continues. Tell me Ganelle, is it over yet?

9 comments:

Suzanne said...

Oh my gosh, Vern, I woke up this morning thinking about all the pranks I'd pulled on people throughout my sojourn (sp?) here on earth. I couldn't help but ruin the mascara job in laughter tears! I love knowing I have another couple of friends who love to prank too. Is there a support group for this?

COMcewens said...

I LOVE it VERN!!!!! I have been involved an many prank wars!! Cant wait to hear what you all do next! SHE IS A KEEPER!!

Buff said...

I am shocked! I just started reading your blog. And I guess I never really knew the real you! Before I was married, you were my quiet visiting teacher! I love it! Your pranks made me feel like I have never really had fun. I am going to now! I'm inspired!

Heather said...

Quiet VT??? IS she seriously talking about you? Way to go Ganelle!

Mom of Three said...

That is sooo great! I think you should think of it as a parting gift from your house. This is the start of something new baby...what that is only Ganelle knows.

ganelle said...

Oh, we are SO not done!!!

Now I've just got to figure out how to get a copy of your NEW house key!

Kerri said...

*whispered* Don't let Ganelle back in your house.....

Dodi said...

You know the people who buy your house are going to run across a picture of her in a few years and go, "What the hell?"

She's good. She? Is gold medal good.

The Motherboard said...

I was thinking the same thing as dodi...

I love pranks. They make the world go round! And me happy. oh so very happy!!