Saturday, December 30, 2006
The Medium of Hope and Despair
Once I overheard a man in a bar wearing a hat that said "Oilfield Trash" say to his friend, I don't know why my wife kicked me out. All that happened was I had a girl in my house who I watched masturbate on my couch. That ain't cheating. George Jones was playing on the jukebox, "The King Is Dead, Yabba Dabba Do" for the fourth time that night and Oilfield Trash's friend said, If that son of a bitch plays that song again, I'll knock his teeth out. Said friend only had a couple of teeth himself, and I'm guessing he wasn't too concerned for the welfare of the remaining two. In my limited experience, you don't want to play too fast and loose with people who have had considerable amounts of teeth knocked out -- they always have the upperhand that not giving a shit gives a person. I stayed quiet and drank my Shinerbock, trying not to draw notice to myself. A waitress cried into the one pay phone at the end of the bar about not being able to make rent that month. It was that kind of place, the kind where there isn't even a phone for employees to use for free.
This bar had been the sight of an infamous fight that had ended with someone's nose shoved into his brain on a toilet seat. He died, and the guy who did it walked, earning him considerable badass street cred. That boy is rough, one of the regulars said, speaking of the incident. Best not to tumble with him. Oilfield Trash agreed. Man, I wish I could fucking get back to my regular wife. I didn't do anything wrong. A random woman, I kid you not, suggested he take his case to the People's Court. This was not a sarcasm. I thought about what Judge Wapner might make of this scene and smiled, a small smile to myself, that couldn't be construed as such, merely an expression one makes when there is nothing left to say.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Black and white is the medium of hope and despair." Robert Frank
Drinking music suggestion: The Ugly One With The Jewels -- Laurie Anderson
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is gearing up for the hell that is New Year's Eve. Stay safe!