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Monday, April 25, 2011

April's A - Z Challenge: "V" is for Vex Con and "V" is for Vintage:

Source: Clip Art, Etc.

The Letter "V":  Very Long and Two Posts in One!

This post is really long, but there are not a lot of words, so don't worry.  I set it up as "V" is for Vintage, and then posted a lot of vintage photos, which have now been bumped to the bottom of this post.  BECAUSE, I remembered about Billy the Exterminator and Vex Con, one of the posts that holds records on my blog for the number of views. I think it is in third place now, because their show hasn't been on for a while, but at press time, there were 5,457 page views for this cool post.  (If only they had each left a comment!)

(Valuable Hint: If you name your blog post after something that will get searched a lot, and you will get lots of Google hits on it. I found this out by accident, but thanks, Billy and Vex Con, you helped to bump up my readership. I appreciate your help!)

The Letter "V" is for Vex Con

Originally posted here on July 29, 2010

This is one of my new favorite shows.  It really isn't like Dog the Bounty Hunter, except for the fact that they wear black leather, are a family business, and are on A & E.   The Bretherton Family at Vex Con are pretty traditional folks.  The draw for me? I enjoyed visiting Louisiana, so that catches my attention.  I couldn't live in a place with all those alligators, snakes and cockroaches, but it is very interesting to watch Billy and Ricky go at it.  Billy is very likable, and I learn a lot from watching this show.  Billy just might be by new secret boyfriend.  I think that he is more appropriate than Leland.  I got most of the following photos off of Vex Con's Facebook page.

Donnie, Bill Sr., Billy, Ricky and Mary

Meet Billy.  Billy the Exterminator.  The reason for the business, and for the show.

A former Air Force sergeant with 15 years of working in the extermination business, you gotta love this guy.   He's cute in his own way.  Billy is smart, nice, and laughs a lot.  He loves his mom, dad and brother.  He loves his wife, Mary, though she's kind of a pain.  The only person that he doesn't like is his sister-in-law, Pam.

Meet Ricky, Billy's brother, who is severely allergic to wasps.  Ricky loves his ex-wife, Pam, to no end.  Ricky drives everybody crazy, because Pam treats him like crap, but he won't take his ring off.  One time he thought he was actually over Pam, so he dated her best friend.  Ricky even brought her to work to meet his mom, Donnie.  The girl then asked to borrow Ricky's work truck, so he let her, and she took it over to some guy's house and never brought it back.  They even had to call the cops!  Ricky thinks that Mary, Billy's wife is very manipulative and that she is a pain in the butt.

This is Donnie, Billy and Ricky's mother.  She is a partner in the business, and does dispatch and runs the office.  Donnie is nice, but very bossy.  Because she is the mom, everybody is already used to that.  Donnie makes every call seem like an emergency, and always throws "there is a danger to the children" into her walkie-talkie so that Billy will not dawdle and will race right over to the source of the emergency.  Donnie hates Pam.  Donnie thinks that Mary is a pain too, but she is nice to her.  Donnie bosses Bill, Sr. around a lot too because he is her husband and recently suffered heart surgery.

This man is Bill, Sr., Donnie's husband and Billy and Ricky's dad.  Bill, Sr. sunk a bunch of money into Vex Con.  He is pretty quiet overall.  Bill keeps having troubles with his heart.  The ambulance had to come to the office on one of the re-runs last night.  He calls his unrelated workers the mules. 

To his credit, Bill doesn't say much about either Pam or Mary, so I am not sure where he stands on his daughter-in-laws.

This is Mary, Billy's wife.  Mary and Billy live in the same building where the office is.  Mary doesn't actually work for the company right now.  I thought that they let her go, but last night she gave her letter of resignation.  Maybe a case of too little too late on that one. Mary was making everybody mad, because when Donnie was gone, she would come into the office and begin training the employees, even though she had no idea what she was doing.   The employees were confused and not really buying into these unofficial training meetings.

Mary is pretty, and she loves Billy, but to me, she just doesn't seem as smart has he is.  Sorry, Mary.  People probably say the same thing about me.  In addition, now she is getting jealous because Billy works too much and she thinks he is out with other women.  I doubt that he is.  Ricky says that Billy needs peace when he gets home, not arguing, and if Mary doesn't knock it off  then she might come home from the store one day and find the locks changed.  Mary does not want to get the boot, so it may be a good idea for her to take Ricky's advice.  For the record, Mary is a much nicer lady than Pam.  Everybody agrees on that.  My guess is that Mary will probably get pregnant pretty soon.  That would give her a good job that nobody can argue with.  Donnie will probably try to tell her how to take care of the baby though.  That is just how Donnie is.  The end.

Official A & E Website for Billy the Exterminator
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 Source: Vector

The Letter "V" is for Vintage

Please enjoy a few of our vintage things, found throughout our home:
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This slide show is from the photo-shoot that I did several months ago for Trivia Antiques ... there are some very cool vintage photos in there; a feast for the eyes and maybe even for the soul, depending upon how you feel about such things:

Today is the twenthieth day of the A - Z Challenge, which is hosted by  Arlee Bird's: Tossing It Out.   Several of my blogging friends are participating, and this year there are over 1,200 participants. We post everyday, except for Sundays, and work our way through the alphabet. I am posting past photos that I have taken, and am linking them up to the posts where the photos originated from too. When you are all done here at Oregon Gifts,  please click here to visit the other bloggers who are participating in this challenge. 

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Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

I'll tell you one thing, Kathy, you certainly have patience that you got through every letter of the alphabet! I would have given up after maybe "C" LOL!!! And I have seen the show, "Billy the Exterminator" and you are so right, he does seem like a very nice, kind person. Which seems funny to say for a person who 'gets rid' of pests! But if he can do it humanely (like catch a raccoon in a trap), he does it. Anyway, great post, and congrats on getting to V! Only four more to go!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Gloria, well it has given me a reason to visit my old posts and to see things that I had forgotten about! Thank you so much for your encouragement. "W" is done, "X" is thought out, and it is wrapping up now.

Yes, Billy seems like a nice guy. I wonder if they will have more episodes coming out soon? I wonder how much of a toll these shows take on families?

jabblog said...

My children had a Fisher Price clock like yours - it went the way of all things long ago:-)

Halli Gomez said...

Thanks for the great trip down memory lane. I got teary eyed when I saw that barn toy.

Thanks for commenting on my T is for Tourette Syndrome story!

Mama Zen said...

What marvelous vintage stuff! I love the quilts.

No Copying!


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