“I suspect Bob Vantrease’s testicles are in [his wife’s] pocketbook.”
People still tell me how much they laughed about that since I wrote it in a post on May, 2011. You can read it here, if you want. I’m sure I didn’t come up with that on my own, granted, but no matter. The point is, it was my humorous way of combining two opinions in one tiny “package” (pun intended, for the euphemism-ly challenged) :
- Gale Vantrease (Austin’s mother) dominates the family… well, at least to me she does. She is the matriarch, for sure.
- Bob Vantrease (Austin’s father) is wimpy, submissive, and cowardly.
So, it got me thinking.
What if I put together some of the idiotic or insensitive statements I feel were made by the criminals and their families? Heck, I have plenty to choose from. There’s no shortage of material and it just keeps coming. So, I did just that. In a matter of minutes I had thought of at least a dozen and posted these on the website’s Home page. To see if people found it interesting I put up a link on Ryan’s Facebook Fan page.
They did, for sure. The response was better than expected! People enjoyed it… a lot. So, as far as I’m concerned, there is where it will stay.
But wait. There’s more!
What if we take this even further?
I’m thinking two ways here. First, there’s me (and my family). I’ve said some things that others consider funny, insightful, asinine, inspiring, or touching. I’m not sure if there necessarily what people would find earthshaking, but some are probably memorable enough. I hope. Well, at least I know I can pin-up Bob Vantrease’s testicles (yuck!), assuming Gale Vantrease will take them out of the pillbox in her purse.
Here’s an example of what I’m thinking. I’ll use my wife, Sue. She made a statement that was so powerful that people instantly connected and understood it… at the deepest level. It was so pure in desire and agony. I actually wrote about it the next morning, Her Turn to Cry, and people surrounded her with compassion and empathy. She said just one thing that said it all:
“I want the old Ryan back.”
As for you, the readers and commenters, there is no doubt you said some very memorable things! Yep, there should be a section dedicated to this. I read every comment you make… EVERY one. So many have made me laugh. And cry. And find strength. I’m not even sure where to begin, actually. Maybe you should decide by voting for the “comment/sentence of the week,” or something along those lines?
You should know that I try my best to deliver a website that you enjoy, both in content and quality. I keep it dynamic and always look for a way to improve upon it. I am not tentative about trying new things. This needs to be a place that you want to come back to, repeatedly, because it adds to your life. I want to touch your heart so deeply that you feel the rage, despair, hurt, devotion, and love that I feel. Sure, misery loves company… but so does hope.
Why, you might ask, am I so focused on you? Isn’t this all about Ryan, some might wonder? The answer is both, yes and no. It all comes back to Ryan because of you. Ryan is why you’re here and you keep Ryan relevant.
Each doesn’t allow the other to forget.