Who is Marie Roberts?
In scene 11, I had mentioned an item I bid on at the Vail Valley Partnership Awards Banquet. It was a silent auction and I never bid on anything for several reasons. First, I don’t need a ski vacation package and second, I’m a very frugal (cheap) individual. But I did fall in love with one particular item that was innocently lined up with all the other items.
As I walked by the tables looking at the donated vacations, massages, chiropractic visits, CME rides, dinners at various restaurants, hot air balloon rides and so on, I stopped and began to stare. I was frozen to the floor in my borrowed Italian loafers and my eyes focused on the only item I would ever bid on.
I looked at my friend and said “I’ve got to have it.”
She said “It must be a guy thing.”
The clipboard that held the sheet to offer a bid on this treasure simply stated “Minimum Bid – $250. (increments of $25 please).
I thought to myself and then explained to my friend “I’m going to scare the hell out of any one else that would even consider bidding on this.”
“What’s your plan” she asked.
“I’ve got to get rid of the high rollers” I explained. “I’m going to bump this bid to $275. That will put people in their seats.”
She looked at me stupefied, and to kind to say what she was thinking. She did, however, say “I don’t think it will hold up.”
I then explained “This money is coming from my new skis fund. It’s all I have.”
She then said “If you plan on buying new skis for $250, you better take a time machine back to 1967.”
“Your brutal sarcasm is beginning to test me. Why don’t you go and get us a couple of martinis. I have some paper work to fill out.”
I then scribbled in my bid and printed my name legibly on the clipboard. It was 6:30 PM.
I went back to our table. It was time to eat. Then it was time to check the bid sheet. No more names. Then it was time to dance. Then it was time to check the bid sheet. No more names. My plan was working. I did scare the hell out of the high rollers. It was 8:30 and the bidding closes down at 9:00. I announce to everyone at our table that I wasn’t getting new skis this season. I started to cry.
I looked at Chris and said “I need new skis. I don’t need a picture of Arnie and Jack.”
Everyone at the table overheard my conversation with Chris and no one had any pity for me. I reasoned with myself and told the group “I need to give something to my son when I die. This will be perfect. I’m going to buy it like a man. Lets dance.”
It was now 9:30 PM and went back to check the bid sheet. Low and Behold! Another name and a $300 bid. It was Marie Roberts. I looked at my friend and said “I don’t believe this. She’s probably a trust-funder. Lets dance.”
My friend said “I saw this Marie when she collected the item. She was not a pretty women.” I was puzzeled by that remark.
The hours passed and the night was through. I quietly walked home and thought about the only thing I ever wanted to give my son when I die. How disappointed he will be.
I managed to get a hold of this picture of Marie. If you see her, could you tell her how disappointed I am.
Let the truth be told…….When I returned home that evening I opened my door and threw my keys on the kitchen counter. Right beside the picture of Arnie and Jack.
I, again, was frozen to the floor. A Post-It Note was on the picture and it simply said “Thanks for being you.”
NO MARIE….THANKS FOR BEING YOU