Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | September 2, 2009

Richard Gere and BC

Richard Gere turned 60 this week!  Let’s celebrate with a little eye candy, shall we?  Six-oh!  Gosh!  Where do the years go?  And who didn’t love Gere in Pretty Woman?  

In 1990 everyone in Joyceland saw this movie at least seventeen times!  Women all over the country broke up with their boyfriends or left their husbands because they wanted to meet someone like Edward Lewis!  We can’t decide which line from Pretty Woman is our favorite:

Edward Lewis (Gere):  “So what happened after he climbed up the tower and rescued her?”
Vivian Ward (Roberts):  “She rescued him right back.”  (Joyce:  “And never had to cook or clean a day in her life.”  This line was not in the actual movie, but it should have been.  And Joyce should have played Vivian’s sister.)


Edward Lewis:  “We’re going to need a few more people helping us out.  I’ll tell you why.  We’re going to be spending an obscene amount of money in here.  So we’re going to need a lot more help sucking up to us, because that’s what we really like.”  (Joyce:    “It’s almost twenty years later and we still dream of walking into a store and having our guy say this to the staff.”)

So which line is your favorite?  Here’s to Richard Gere–everyone in Joyceland please raise your glass! 

The BC

Joyce loves to read, she’s a huge fan of the library, and she is a social animal.  Put it all together and you get:  Book Club (BC).  Now, let’s be clear, you can be in a BC and not read the book or even discuss it at all.  In fact, Joyce would be supportive of that.  However, in this particular BC, most members read most of the books and the books usually get discussed–for at least 7 minutes.

Take this month’s selection:  Ahab’s Wife is a 665 page book.  We discussed our admiration for Ahab and his wife for eleven and a half minutes which means we covered 100 pages every two minutes.  Not bad.  And that saves time for the good part–appetizers, personal updates from club members, entree, AND dessert.  Lucy was our hostess and she has two dogs named Fred and Ethel who enjoy visiting with book club members.  The dogs were in a fun and frolicsome mood yesterday–they sucked on everyone’s feet  and Fred goosed a few of the ladies.  Dogs enjoy that.  Most people don’t want to admit it, but they enjoy a little goosing now and then, too.

The best part was that BC members stayed a little longer in order to lollygag.  Nine of eleven members were in attendance.  Two were absent and their excuses were not accepted.  Going to a funeral is the only acceptable excuse for missing BC.  Of the nine in attendance, seven stayed to lollygag.  This is a pretty good percentage, about 78%.  We’re not mathy in Joyceland, but we recognize good lollygaggying when we experience it. 

Remember this you women who now call yourselves by the middle name of Joyce:  lollygagging is good for the heart, mind, and soul.  It only requires a little time and listening, but it pays you back in much laughter, crazy stories, and loads of fun.



  1. I loved Ahab’s Wife! Did you!

    • Not as much as I thought I would–we’ll have to talk.

  2. BC sounds similar to, although more difficult than, Bunko. In Bunko, one doesn’t have to prepare beforehand (unless one is the hostess), nor does one have to think during the Bunko event. One just shows up on the designated night, eats a lot, talks a lot, laughs a lot (that’s what it is really all about), plays a couple rounds of Bunko, AND could pocket some extra cash for some unnecessary spending!

  3. I’ve never attended a bible study. Do you think that type of group ever discusses the bible for just 11 minutes? Just wondering (I know, those of you who know me think I should at least attend church more regularly. I’ve got lots of Christianity in me…head to toe.)

  4. Since I didn’t read the book and am not a member of any BC, I’ve got to comment on my favorite PW quote. Hope you can post it . . . probably can . . . I think the movie was PG13.

    Vivian: Tell me one person who it’s worked out for.
    Kit: What, you want me to name someone? You want like a name? Oh, God, the pressure of a name… I got it. Cindafuckin’rella

  5. Ok, this isn’t specifically about Richard Gere but it is in the ‘dick’ catagory….While being totally Joyce this weekend: drinking, dancing and laughing w/ friends, we got on the subject of names and the following are several names that are real, true people according to the Joyceland inner circle (this may be more of an ‘R’ rated comment so be warned). Ok, Sheila knows a man named Dick Hole….really Dick Hole and we wondered if maybe Dick Hole had sisters named Ima and Ura Hole. Then we lamented how awful it would be if Ima and Ura Hole married brothers w/ the last name Dick. They would unfortunately be Ima and Yura Dick, sisters to Dick Hole. We all said a silent prayer of thanksgiving that our parents weren’t drunk when we were named.

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