Richard Paul Evans - The Baby Grand - Part 2

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Richard Paul Evans

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I wonder, in the course of history, how many times the best-laid plans of husbands have been foiled by the intuitive powers of astute, well-meaning wives.  Keri could not have planned to make the next two weeks more miserable for me.  Without telling me, the next day Keri returned to the piano showroom with her sister, Shelley, to show her the one that got away.


Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and fourteen other bestselling novels.  He is the winner of two first-place Storytelling World Awards and the Romantic Times 1995 award for best women’s novel.  His newest bestseller, just in time for Mother’s Day, is called The Walk–the story of Alan Christoffersen, a man who loses everything and begins a journey from Seattle, Washington, to Key West, Florida.

“There it is,” she said.  “Rick said it was sold.  They must not have delivered it yet.”  She lifted the red SOLD tag and squealed.  “It’s sold to the EVANS!”  She turned to Shelley.  “Do you really think Rick bought it?”

Fortunately I had let Shelley in on the surprise.  “No,” she said, concealing her panic. “Rick is way too cheap.”

This was only the beginning of the humiliations.

That afternoon Keri called me at work.  “I went out to the piano place today,” she said casually.  “There was a sold tag on our piano.”

“Yes,” I replied coolly, “I told you that it was sold,”

“The tag said ‘Evans’ on it.”

“Really?” I said, my heart beating wildly.

“I thought maybe you had bought it.  You know, to surprise me.”

I detected doubt in her voice.  She wasn’t sure.  I could still pull this off.  “Really?  Sold to another Evans?  Well you know how many Evanses there are.  Still, what are the odds?”

“Shelley said you would never buy it because you’re too cheap.”

I ignored the insult.

“But then, maybe she’s in on it.”

“In on what?”

“The plan.”

“What plan?”

“The plan to surprise me with the piano for Mother’s Day.”

I breathed in deeply.  “Honey, I told you that the piano was sold when I went out there.  I mean, I got you something nice for Mother’s Day, but it wasn’t five thousand dollars.”

“Six thousand dollars,” she said.  (The incorrect dollar amount was a clever ruse on my part, and she fell for it.  The piano was really seven thousand with sales tax.)  To my relief, I detected a slight tone of disappointment in her voice.

“Look, honey, I really don’t want to ruin your Mother’s Day by getting your hopes up.  If you don’t believe me, just call the showroom and ask them who bought the piano.”

My confidence seemed to convince her.

“Okay,” she said, clearly disappointed. “Sorry to bother you at work.”

“No, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I wish I had bought it for you.”

“See you tonight.”

 

The minute Keri hung up, I flipped through the phone book to find the piano store.  I scolded the person who answered the phone.  “My wife was in your showroom today and saw her name on the piano I’m trying to surprise her with.  I can’t believe you guys put our name on it.”

“We always put names on sold pianos,” he said dully.

“It was supposed to be a surprise.  I think that I’ve convinced her that someone else named Evans bought it, but she may still call to find out.  I want you to instruct all of your salespeople to tell her someone in Idaho bought it.  Put a note by the phone if you have to.”

“What if she doesn’t call?”

“She’ll call.”

“What’s the name?”

“My wife’s name?”

“No, the person in Idaho.”

“I don’t care.  Make one up.”

“How about Lavita?”

“Lavita?”

“That’s my grandmother’s name,” he said proudly.  “She lives in Idaho.”

I rolled my eyes. “Whatever,” I said.

 

I knew my wife was ultra-persistent, but even I was surprised by our conversation the next morning. I was pouring Corn Chex into a bowl when Keri said, “Lavita.”

I looked up.  “Lavita?”

“They sold the piano to some woman named Lavita.”

“What are you talking about?” I asked innocently.

“I called the showroom.  They said that they sold the piano to Lavita Evans in Idaho.” 

Uncomfortable pause.

“Doesn’t it seem a bit peculiar that they told me the woman’s name?”

“I suppose.”

“You told them to say that, didn’t you?”

“Yeah, right.  I called the showroom and told them to tell everyone in the store that my wife may call, so be sure to tell her that some woman named Lavita Evans in Idaho bought the piano.”

She frowned.  “I guess you’d have to be crazy to do something like that.”

“Darn right,” I said.

Keri was quiet, but I knew she wasn’t finished.  She was just thinking it over.  It was time to act.

“Honey, I don’t know how else to say this.  I really wish that I had bought the piano for you…”  I fell dramatically to the floor on my knees, surprising even myself at the length to which I was willing to go to conceal the surprise.  “I would buy it now, if I could.”

Keri looked down at me.  “Well I’m glad that you didn’t buy it,” she finally said.

“Why is that?”

“Because it had a big scratch on it.”

My chest constricted.  “A scratch?”

“A deep one.  All the way across the back.”  I felt sick to my stomach.  Then I looked into Keri’s dark, conniving eyes—eyes searching for my reaction.  What a devious woman, I thought, but she is going to be surprised if it kills me.

“Then it’s a darn good thing that we didn’t buy it,” I said calmly.

 

The next day Keri called me at work.

“Honey, you’ll never guess what I’m about to tell you.”

You have no idea how right you are, I thought. “What?” 

“The private school on Preston is closing.  Guess what they’re selling?”

“A piano,” I ventured.

“A grand piano!  And it’s in mint condition!  I put fifty dollars down on it to hold it.”

“Honey, shouldn’t we have talked about this first?”

“You said that you wished you had bought that other piano.  I’m just glad that you didn’t.  I like this one just as much, and it’s a thousand dollars less.”

My stomach turned.  I was grasping here, but I was desperate.  “That would be great, but a grand piano won’t fit in our living room,” I said.  “It would stick out over the fireplace.  Remember that guy said a grand piano is twenty-six inches wider than a baby grand?”

“He never said that.”

“Sure he did.”

Keri was quiet.  “I hope they’ll give me my deposit back,” she finally said.

I hung up the phone and slumped over my desk.  Just then my secretary, Julie, entered my office.

“More piano woes?”  She asked.

“Mother’s Day will never come,” I said.

“Isn’t it your anniversary this Friday?”

“Yes.”

“If I were you, I’d just have them deliver the piano for your anniversary as an early Mother’s Day gift.  For now, you can tell Keri you’ll go look with her for a piano on


Saturday.”

“Brilliant,” I said. “Just brilliant.”

The plan backfired miserably. 

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Coming Tomorrow: Part Three

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and fourteen other bestselling novels.  He is the winner of two first-place Storytelling World Awards and the Romantic Times 1995 award for best women’s novel.  His newest bestseller, just in time for Mother’s Day, is called The Walk–the story of Alan Christoffersen, a man who loses everything and begins a journey from Seattle, Washington, to Key West, Florida.

New details emerge about Trump raid — and 'it doesn't look good for the FBI'

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New, alleged details about the raid of former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago hint that it's "not looking good for the FBI," said BlazeTV host Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday.

Trump has faced attacks from every direction, but despite all of it, he has "not been found guilty or had any kind of real, solid evidence against him," Glenn pointed out.

Glenn detailed a long list of investigations, accusations, and lawsuits against Trump, and the latest puzzling revelations about the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago, which only seem to raise even more questions. For example, did agents truly refuse to give Trump's lawyer a copy of the warrant upon arriving at the home? Because sources have alleged that his attorney was kept "10 feet away from the warrant" and was not allowed to actually read it. If that's true, then it was absolutely against the law.

Then there was the inordinate amount of time spent going through Melania Trump's closet. And did they have the proper authority to break into Trump's safe?

"That warrant had better damn well say that they can break into that safe because the law is, you can't go into somebody's house and ... just tear it all apart," Glenn said. "You have to have a pretty good idea of where things might be located, and you ask for permission for those areas. And you have to know exactly what you're looking for, and if it's in a safe, you need to specifically say, 'it's in a safe and we're having a safe cracker come in.' If they didn't say in the warrant that they could crack his safe, it's the fruit of the poisoned tree. By the way, there was nothing in the safe."

Glenn also explained that the FBI broke into a specific "safe room" that contained national archives, which Trump was allegedly told by investigators to keep in a locked room.

"[Trump] made a safe room, and put two locks on it, at their request. And that's what they broke into," Glenn said. "This doesn't look good for the FBI," he added.

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There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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