Waycar Willie sat in the kitchen, sipping on a cup of fresh coffee and silently contemplating the day. Occasionally glancing out the window, as a brown leaf rushes by, blown by the wind.
He thinks to himself, “A good day to be inside.” It looks colder than eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt outside and he is glad he is home this day.
The phone on the wall across the room breaks the silence of the morning, and he slowly gets up and walks across the room to answer it.
He says “Hello?” and the voice on the other end says to him, “Is this Bill?” and he replies, “Yes. Yes it is.”
The female voice on the other end of the line inquires, “Are you the one they call WayCar Willie and do you work for a railroad down in Oklahoma?”
Again he replies, “Yes. I am WayCar Willie for sure.”
The voice on the other end seems to be rather familiar, but so far he is having trouble putting it together. In the fog of this midweek early morning, he tries hard to wrap his head around this dilemma, he concentrates hard on the voice.
The voice says, “Do you know who this is?” and WayCar Willie says, “No I am sorry, but you are going to have to refresh my memory a little.”
She said, “This is Shirley. We met at the union convention in Omaha. You remember? You took your hand and started up the inside of my leg, and I said to you … What are you doing? and you said … “Looking for my library card” and we laughed hard and long.”
“Later on” she continued “We went out on the town and did it up red, we had one good time after another and ended up in each others arms at the Holiday Inn. You kept saying over and over. You are such a good sport Shirley.”
“You remember that?” the voice on the other end of the line asked.
He quickly replied, recalling the past events vividly now.
“Well yes. I sure do, what’s up Shirley?”
After a short pause, what they call “an awkward moment” she replied, “Well Bill. I am pregnant and I am considering killing myself.”
Another section of dead air and then WayCar Willie said, “Say Shirley, YOU ARE A GOOD SPORT … AREN’T YOU?”
So goes but another segment of WayCar Willie … The Boss of the Mainline.