I know this is a bit late, but life does get in the way at times, and I am subject to that as all of you are.

If you have read Best Friends you know about my best friend of over 50 years. This post is another one of our escapades, I hope it brings a smile to your face.

Arlene and I heard that “Gone With The Wind” was playing at a theater in Manhattan. We both wanted to see it. The problem we knew would be getting our husbands to take us. We pondered this for a few days knowing we would have to come up with a really good plan, and we hit on a great idea.

“Okay, Arlene here’s what I came up with. We wait for the week the movie is playing. We keep the guy’s apart that week. Don’t mention it at all until toward the middle of the week. Being that they both work different hours they won’t talk to each other about it at all. You tell your husband on Thursday that my husband and I want to go see the movie. I will tell my husband that your husband and you want to see the movie. Being that it is playing in Manhattan we can tell them that we can all go to dinner afterward. Just keep them away from each other until Saturday. What do you think?”

“Brilliant! Al works on Saturday so they won’t talk to each other until the drive down. We will have to keep them off the subject of the movie on the ride down to the City though.”

“That won’t be to hard, I will just bring up some questions about football. If we get them talking about that we’re in.”

“Let’s do it.”


We went hysterical laughing. The plan was set. The week arrived, we decided to wait until Thursday evening to tell the guys about seeing the movie. We were hoping they didn’t ask what movie, but just in case they did we decided to tell each one that the other guy wanted to see it. The plan worked. I told my husband that Arlene’s husband wanted to see the movie, and she told her husband that my husband wanted to see it. My husband asked. “What the hell does he want to see that movie for.”

“I don’t know, but what’s the difference, it’s a night out.”

Arlene told me her husband asked her the same thing, and she gave him the same exact answer. We laughed all day about that.

Saturday night arrived, we were on our way to the city. Our plan was coming together perfectly. We started asking questions about football. We also asked them where they wanted to go to eat after the show. We had all we could do to keep from laughing hysterically on that ride. We arrived, we parked. The tickets were bought, and just as we entered the theater I herd my husband ask Arlene’s husband.

“Why in the hell do you want to see this movie?’

“Me? Arlene told me you wanted to see it.”

Arlene and I exploded into laughter. We said, “Well, we are already here, so lets just watch the movie.”

“It’s a classic.” I said.

“Yeah, right.” My husband answered.

By that time we were in the seating area. It was jammed. The only seats that were available were four seats in the front row.  We were less than ten feet away from the humongous screen. The movie started and for four and a half hours we had to strain our necks to watch the movie. The guys did nothing but complain, we told them to shut up so we could hear what was being said.

“Hear what’s being said? The music is so loud I am going deaf.”  My husband answered. Arlene and I laughed ourselves silly. The movie was spectacular. The only problem was our necks were killing us by the end of the movie.

“Mission accomplished.” Arlene said. I was hysterical. “Lets get something to eat.” I said.

They did not trust us after that, so it was a one time deal, but worth every second.


Next, The New Years Party.


  1. Pat,

    I love your Best Friends series, all the twinkling fun and mischief. You sure know how to tell a good story, and ‘Gone With The Wind’ cracked me up! You’re quite the double-act, the pair of you, and have been down the decades, of course: Patricia and Arlene. Shades of French and Saunders, perhaps? Or even Cagney and Lacey? Okay, that would be going a bit far! But splendid entertainment anyway. And heart-warming too, with the spirit of true friendship shining through. Long may you both continue.

    Fond regards,


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  2. Thank you Paul. I am blessed to have Arlene’s friendship for over five decades. She is a true treasure.. I am so happy that you are enjoying my little stories. I hope they continue to make you smile.



  3. A fun story indeed. While I don’t get invited to costume parties that often…I like to dress up when I do. And that means if hubby comes along I have to think of something simple that is a costume but that he will tolerate.

    I think because there is much he does ‘sit’ in with me…I have attempted to learn and enjoy his sport favorites. Who knows if and when he ever gets to retire…that might be the best times we spend together…golfing. I think though Boccie or even regular bowling could be good too!

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