Short and Fat is On Fire

Ever since he was sick, Short and Fat has been raising snarky humor to a new art form. I don’t know where this new energy has come from, but I, for one, love it.

Mr. and Fat, I tip my hat to you, sir.

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This Nice Girl Act? I Don’t Buy It

Lately, the “He Done Me Wrong” songs in R&B have sucked. First was that stupid “Girl” by Destiny’s Child, which, especially in the video, suggests that the way to get over your cheating ass of a man is to handcuff him to something and then bond with your girls.

And now is the hilarious Trina/Kelly Rowland song “Here We Go.” Now, before we get to the song itself, let’s just point out the obvious, which is that Trina looks like the kind of woman who, when she found out her man was cheating on her, would subdue him in some way, take great pleasure in breaking each of his fingers and toes, and then leaving him hog-tied on his grandma’s doorstep. There is no way that dude’s going to cheat on Trina and all that happens is that she pouts to Kelly Rowland and then gives his stuff away.

No, a guy who cheats on Trina is going to end up begging for death.

So, the premise of the video is unbelievable. But the lyrics? The lyrics are great*.

You treat me like a random chick
You done forgot who introduced you to rocks
And poppin all that cris an shit
Who letchu hit it from tha back
Anyway that chu like
And any debts i can pay tha price
I thought i was a chick you would make your wife
And now a bitch cant even stay tha night
I cant even look in ya face
Witout wantin ta slap you
Damn i thank God i aint get that tattoo

Yes “I thank God I ain’t get that tattoo.” Really, once you hear that line, how can you not love this song? But again, it points to my firm belief that any girl who almost got your name tattooed on her is not leaving the relationship non-violently.

Now, Adriana Evans** is missing her man and when someone steps between them, she goes to a voodoo woman. I ask you, Citizens of Earth, doesn’t this make more sense than going to Kelly Rowland***?

*Though I’m dying to know if it’s the song writer who spelled it “witout” or just the idiot who transcribed the lyrics.
**And check out how sexy she looks smoking that cigar. Which reminds me, Ryan especially, any good recommendations for a cigar one might buy her recalcitrant brother for Christmas?
***Unless Kelly Rowland is a voodoo woman, in which case, my apologies.

‘I wear the chain I forged in life’

‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?’

I’ve been thinking about the Yankee Transplant and her poor Bleeding Heart Attorney*, who is beset with some scary unknown medical condition. But I’ve also been thinking about the ways I see her all over the blogs we share in common, quick with a kindness or a word of support.

And Sarcastro, sitting across from me at a restaurant, picking the day out from under his fingernails while watching women come and go.

And the Professor sitting on the futon at her lover’s house, listening to him explain to me how to make his famous rice dish, her eyes sparkling with delight.

And poor Dorcasina, who is struggling to live through the death of her young husband.

One of the things that strikes me is that real people are infinitely interesting. Maybe not to themselves, but to me. Better than the best book** or poem*** or movie****. It’s easy to lose yourself in fiction, and I like as much as the next person giving myself over to a created world with vivid characters. It’s harder to do that with real people.

But I find there’s something a lot more compelling about the boring ordinary lives of the people I care about–their struggles and their triumphs hook me in a way that fiction doesn’t.

I think because, in part, I suspect that all we have is each other. We are just some fucked-up imperfect people who come together in whatever half-assed ways we can to do as much for each other as we can stand to do. Most of the time, that’s not very much.

Which leads me to the best movie ever–almost any version of A Christmas Carol. Is there any better story*****? A grouchy, miserly, hard-hearted man is transformed because his equally grouchy, equally miserly, equally hard-hearted friend shows up as a ghost and scares the shit out of him.

When I was little, it used to bother me that Jacob Marley was still wandering the earth weighed down by the chains he forged in life. I wanted some kind of redemption and happy ending for old Marley. But now that I’m older, I think that’s the most amazing part–that Marley would show up to help Scrooge even though it makes no difference to Marley.

God damn. That’s tremendous. That’s friendship. And that’s a lesson–that we ought to try to do right by each other when we can, even if it makes no difference to us.

But also, Scrooge is surrounded by people who are trying to reach out to him–his nephew, Bob Cratchit, etc. The problem isn’t that he’s inherently alone, it’s that he makes himself alone. When he’s ready to not be alone any more, there are people waiting to receive him.

Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs!

I think there’s something very hopeful about a story in which we redeem each other. And, since I am a sentimental fool, I watch that movie, in any version, as often as I can.

*Fuck you, America, for giving me no proper word to call this woman. Partner? As if Yankee Transplant works at her law firm? Girlfriend? As if they are children? Lover? As if their days together are always carefree and languid? Hogging the words that carry the weight of love and commitment all to yourselves is cruel, very cruel.
**Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, in case you’re wondering.
*** “Song of Myself” of course.
**** We’re getting to that.
*****When I lived out in Donelson, one of the churches advertised that they were going to perform a “Christian” version of A Christmas Carol. Whoa, I thought, did they not get the original at all.