I told Griffy, my building’s janitor, that traditional Chinese medicine abhors masturbation on the grounds that the practice drains yang without an influx of yin (I think). Griffy: ”Fuck traditional Chinese medicine.” I’m still a sucker for that kind of line: “fuck” vehemently attached to some Margaret Dumont of a subject.
Archive for: friends and neighbors
My neighbor Henri, while watching the scene in Godfather where Don Corleone views his son’s body: “When you’re dead, they don’t take care of you, they get rid of you.” He expands on the theme a while. “When a cow is dead, you say get rid of that fucker. You do not keep it around, [...]
Because it was my love. She couldn’t decide that. It was my love. That’s how I remember a key line from Adaptation, the movie by Charlie Kaufman. The movie’s second half is a point-by-point parody of a typical modern-day Hollywood popcorn film, with beats and pivots and so on. There’s the fake plot breakthru (the [...]
Lawrence, a very well-read cafe rat I sometimes bump into, was pouring scorn on the way Republicans pretend that Joe Biden’s run-off-at-the-mouth tendencies are proof that Sarah Palin isn’t stupid. Lawrence said Biden could talk for an hour on any given political/policy topic and make sense, whereas Palin would fall apart 10 seconds after her [...]
I’ve mentioned my cafe buddy Milton a couple of times. He’s not dumb, but he’s usually a couple beats behind in a conversation. Worse, he doesn’t take his lag into account. He jumps in with irrelevant questions, he sums up what you’re saying and gets it wrong — things like that. The other day we [...]
On line at the Cafe Depot today, the woman ahead of me was talking on her cell phone so hard she couldn’t follow what was going on. When she was fumbling around for her money, and still talking, I got mad and reached over to touch her shoulder. Me: (level but stern): ”You’re taking my [...]
Milton, one of my cafe buddies, claims he heard the following at the Bifteck, our local bar. A fellow was trying to pick up a girl. He told her about how he was an actor, mainly, but he did some work as a shoe salesman too. Girl: “Isn’t that frustrating? I mean, you being [...]