Friday, January 14, 2011

Another Temptation

I've seen ads for the new Vince Vaughn movie, The Dilemma. The reviews say skip it, but I've been in Vince's dilemma, to tell or not to tell someone a hard truth about a loved one who is umm, involved, with someone else. There's plenty of examples in ancient literature of this position, all of which can be summed up with the simple response that people often shoot the messenger, the grade school equivalent -- No one likes a tattle-tale.

At a restaurant once, my table ordered two temptation rolls. It's the best thing on the menu, of course, and the waitress set them down, saying, Here's your first temptation and then, here's another temptation. I texted this line to myself, as I am wont to do, as the writing angel leaves if you don't get down what you hear when you hear it. You have about twenty minutes before the angel leaves and gives your precious dialogue to someone else if you don't capture it. That's just the way it is. I didn't make the rules. So what do you do with another temptation? The table is large, and there is enough for everyone. Confession, guilt, and pain are like this as well. I once saw a confessional where the screen looked like a prop from a high school play, too small for anyone to hide behind.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"There are things to confess to the world, and things that need not be said." Joni Mitchell

Cocktail Hour
Just started watching Dexter -- how did I miss this show for so long?! It's quite good, even for the squeamish.

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Friday!


Keith Hood said...

Our whole family (Theresa, I, and our kids) our big fans of Dexter. I have all five seasons if you want to catch up. Also, for what it's worth we'll be at Baker's tomorrow to see my cousin's band.

Scott said...


I often find myself jotting down things I hear, and quotes and such, from such diverse sources as Jordoworski to 'Kenny' from MXC.

I don't watch 'Dexter' regularly (don't have Showtime), but I do like what I've seen...guess I gotta Netflix it or something.

Hope you have a great weekend, Darlin'. Take care! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never had a temptation roll. I'll have to try one. I did see part of a vince vaughn movie last night but couldn't make it all the way thruogh.

the walking man said...

No you do not need to text those bits and pieces to yourself. What happens when you drop your phone in the commode. (seems to be the most popular water filled place to drop them.)

Better for you to turn to that slave walking behind you oh Cleopatra, conquering empress, the one who whispers "life is fleeting in your ear" and say to them "If you don't remember 'Here's your first temptation and then, here's another temptation.' Your life will be fleeting."

Andy said...

Temptation? I'll say I was tempted. She was sticking to another guy the way a cheap suit sticks to your skin a on Manhattan street at noon in August. I fell for her alright, like a Fed informer into the East River. She was that drop dead gorgeous.

Lana Gramlich said...

As the self-proclaimed Goddess of Vice, temptation's my right hand man!