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Half of Everything

Sometimes I receive a news article in my in-box that is “right-on-point” blog material. It even includes its own pic o’s for illustrations!  (that’s pictures for first time blog readers) So, here’s what I found.

From CNBC comes the story of a bad divorce. This man from Germany posted a video of how he decided to fairly give his wife one-half of everything they own. So, he decided to cut everything in half. Thankfully, there were no children!

First, their car:


Then their joint cellphone:


Then the couch:


And the bike:


And their bed:


The landline home phone:


Their laptop:


And finally…. the teddy bear


A Relationship Maze

I feel like the following is a bit like watching Wheel Of Fortune and hearing Pat Sajak tell us to “solve the puzzle”. So, let’s put this puzzle together:

At age 47, the bassist for the Rolling Stones band was Bill Wyman. At the time, he began a relationship with 13-year-old Mandy Smith. The publicist for the group quickly issued a press release that it was okay… because the relationship had her mother’s blessing. (I am trying to write this puzzle without commentary)

Six years into the relationship, Wyman and Smith were married. The marriage lasted only a year. Soon after the divorce, Wyman’s son, Stephan, married Mandy’s mother. The mother was 46 at the time. (no word whether this marriage had the daughter’s blessing)

So that creates the following: That made son Stephen, a stepfather to his former stepmother. If the original relationship, Bill and Mandy, had remained married; Stephen would have been his father’s father-in-law and his own grandfather!

DID YOU KNOW that author Frank L. Baum was trying to figure out what he should call the land where the Wizard lived?  So, he looked over at his filing cabinet and saw “A-N” and “O-Z”. He then had his title for his children’s novel,”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

And for pic o’ day, it’s finally getting to be that time. (I thought that was a better introduction than ‘Cat on the griddle’)

Cat on the griddle

The Divorce Decree Charmer

     This is one of those news stories where I barely know where to start. Of course, I start. I do so after receiving a reminder about yesterday’s blog that “you could have made 4 blogs out of that one”. In other words… it was way too long!

     So, let’s head straight for the bacon.Bacon

      To South Carolina and a story from the “SummervillePatch” .

     A Summerville man has been charged with one count of forgery unrelated to money. He wanted to please his girlfriend. So, he came up with a unique idea. He sent her a copy of his divorce decree. Of course, the blog does not stop there.

        “Mr Summerville” was not divorced. Instead, he made a fake divorce decree and forged his wife’s signature.  He allegedly used the divorce decree from his first marriage; altered it to fit the current wife complete with wife’s fake signature and then mailed it to his girlfriend. 

     Now, he faces a misdemeanor charge for the forgery of a court document that brings a potential prison and a fine. Maybe flowers or a 6 foot bear would have been better to send. OK, maybe not the bear.

     And now to my favorite part… pic o:

Tip over

Truth About False Reality Shows

Dog tired


     Here we go… I am dog tired of reality shows. (I know, I just wanted to use that picture!) Now, we are learning more about one show from some divorce proceeding court documents, and what we are learning is telling us that reality is really, “let’s do it again for the cameras”.

     Lawsuits tend to bring out the truth when people are answering questions under oath. That’s what is happening in the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce proceedings.

     The wonderful world of romance was initally played out on “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.  Now, through divorce proceedings and deposition transcripts, the testimony is telling how much of the show is really scripted. (Life & Style Weekly)  Here’s what we learned about the lack of reality in this reality show. 

  1. When we saw Humphries propose to Kim K a few years back and he spelled out WILL YOU MARRY ME  on her bed in rose petals; we were actually watching the second take. According to deposition testimony, the scene was re-shot after Kim was not satisfied with the scene or proposal. Apparently, she was bothered with how she reacted to the proposal when on camera, “she had a bad reaction or something and she was embarrassed.”
  2. Another instance of non-reality is  a scene involving Kim and her mother Kris Jenner. They were discussing Kim’s marital problems. We now know that the scene was actually taped after Kim filed for divorce from Humphries in October 2011. By then… difficulties were already down the track.
  3. Another emotion that is not so emotional, according to court documents, is that the characters had tears because of a cosmetic tool known as the “tear stick“. 
  4. In another episode, the mother was angry to learn that there had been a party thrown in her motel room while she was gone. In fact, she was in the room during the shooting of the party. Not such a surprise after all!

       According to the article, Kim Kardashian has attempted to resolve the divorce action of Humphries by offering him an estimated 10 million payoff. Instead, he refuses and is asking for more of her accumulated net worth that is a reported 35 million. Supposedly, under the settlement terms, all matters of the marriage are to be confidential. Humphries apparently believes that he stands to earn a whole lot more with a tell-all book.     

     Maybe this will be the beginning of the end of all of these reality programs. Would people watch, still knowing that reality was not real? Do people watch pro wresting? 

     For pic o’ day we are reminded that reality shows have nothing over real life:

airport reality

The International Divorce

     In Oklahoma, you can take a test and be sworn in with a limited license to practice law, while you are still in law school. I had been licensed about three weeks when I learned a hard lesson of when to say congratulations.

     One of the partners at the firm, sent me on a divorce hearing in some small town, outside of Oklahoma City. I had talked briefly to the now assigned client, by telephone, and made arrangements to meet her at the Courthouse. I put some documents into evidence and the uncontested divorce was granted by the Judge. At that point, I turned to the client and expressed congratulations.

     I now know how inappropriate and inconsiderate that my one word was, at that moment. The client immediately let me know, by her non-stop crying. I vowed to work toward the day that I would never be handling divorces and I knew that I would never say any mention of congratulations, following such a hearing, unless the client indicated something like, “Well, I guess that means I can marry my girlfriend/boyfriend now”. I have kept both of those “notes to self” since  that day.

     There is no winner in a divorce. The international news that Tiger Woods and his  wife were officially granted a divorce on Monday afternoon, rings sadness for them and especially for their 19 month-old son and 3 year old daughter.  Their joint statement that was issued simply said, “We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best in the future”.  When I saw that news release, my mind traveled back to that Courtroom in Oklahoma.

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