Posts Tagged ‘humor’
I can’t help it,
but I always feel
just a little bit sorry
for the turkey
let’s face it:
the poor turkey is
I’d like to see Thanksgiving
I think featuring a
Thanksgiving cat and dog
would bring comfort
the to the
of the world.
Make it a
you’ve got yourself a
Gives a whole new meanin’ to
‘stuffin’ the bird’,
Happy Fuckin’ Thanksgiving!
Happy Birthday, Ray!
The Viv loves Ray Bradbury.
Just not quite as much as this lusty chick:
is one of The Viv’s faVorite words.
I would venture to say that it’s one of everyone’s faVorites.
Not just because it’s fun to say and that it starts with the letter ‘V’.
The attraction of the very word lies within the concept of VACATING her day-to-day-mind-numbing-hellish LIFE.
For The Viv, the mere idea of VACATING and ESCAPING that oft-wretched suckfest of a life for one, measly frickin’ week a year
happens to be the lifeblood, that magic elixir, that gets her through the other miserable 51 weeks.
for that single, precious, sustaining
wherein she enjoys being
The Bon Vivant.
Most days —
(including a well-padded maximum-security facility)
(with really good food)
But, for that single-precious-sustaining semana,
The Bon Viv chooses,
to be in
There simply is
I’d rather be.
I want to
It is my DREAM to live in one o’ those quaint little cottages on the boardwalk (preferably somewhere between 6th and 16th streets),
to wake every day to the brown ocean slapping the man-made jetty, and to spend my lazy days on my cute little porch gawking the
vacationers in their Sunsations-seasonal-skankwear parading and/or making dunderhead decisions in driving various non-motorized
vehicles up and down the boards.
As for dying in OCMD,
I, Sassy Viv,
do hereby decree
I wish for my leathery cadaver
on the Bull on the Beach fryers.
I want The Dingus
to put me into a lashed harness
(with 320 lb. twisted poly line, of course),
ram a sturdy spar and spreader
up my crispy ass,
and then launch
my charred carcass
in front of
The Kite Loft
to allow my CinderViv self
across the boards and the beach.
my cremation will take place
on a day with a wind
that will carry my ashes
five blocks south
a little of
into his Jesus sand sculptures.
That’s the closest to
The Viv will get.
Yep, even The Viv!
Ironically, this little one lives in a van down by the river.
an 18 year old kid
humpin’ a heifer.
of a flirty woman
the kid had to
in order to
in the nearby river.
Now, I’m not so much into
I could go for some
we are made of energy,
I like to think that
IF there BE
end up bein’
I wanna come back as
has the life!
“I believe … that the soul of man
and will be treated with justice
in another life,
respecting its conduct in this.”
gets to keep
(WHAT was I in my past life???)
Even when I was little,
I led a double life.
At my Grandma’s,
I was all princess.
However, at home,
I guess I was
what you’d call a
It’s not that I CHOSE to be a tomboy; it’s just that there were only two other girls who lived in my neighborhood. One was a total whack-job who lived with her blind, deaf and deformed aunt/uncle/guardian-parents (up ‘ere beside ‘The Raccoons’ who came out only at night, but that’s another story entirely). The other GAVE total whack-jobs, blow-jobs and rim-jobs while in the 6th grade. So, my friend choice was somewhat limited.
If I WANTED to play,
I had to play with the neighborhood BOYS.
It turned out that I fit in with the boys quite easily. I could run fast, throw a mean crabapple, climb the highest trees, help to build the tree house fort, take a hard tackle, and probably best of all — SPIT— almost as far as they could.
To them, I wasn’t really ‘a girl’; I was just a buddy, and that suited me just fine. Who’d wanna play with dumb old dolls anyway when there were caves to be explored or slag piles to be climbed or birdies to be knocked from their nests or car bumpers on which to hitch a skateboard or sled ride?!
Oh, I HAD dolls at my house, but I left them in dirt pile out back or down on ‘Big Rock’ the instant the gang showed up, lookin’ for a good game of rundown or our specialized version of ‘Dodge’em’ (aka ‘throw-rocks-at-your-brother-on his bike-as-he-tries-to-dodge’em’).
My younger brother, ‘Nibby’,
— nearly four years my junior –
had one helluva
as a little guy.
At three or four, Nibby learned to shove off the toilet lid the stack of the heaviest texts my mother could find to keep it closed: Webster’s Dictionary, the PDR, the Kama Sutra and one, colossal Bible (on the SHITTER – SACRILEGE!). He would then bend over, take hold of the ceramic, and dunk the top of his head in the water. From there, he would reach up and FLUSH the toilet, taking great (albeit SICK) delight in the water swirling about his hair. Without fail, whence the water drained, he would FLIP his head up, whipping his ‘SWIRLY’ into a curlicue twist, the likes of which the folks of Dairy Queen would envy. Tiny rivulets of rank would wend their way down his chubby, little happy-cheeks, and yeah, unavoidably, even sneak into his eyes and mouth, as Nibby grinned and gurgled with rapture.
Eager to share his zen-like nirvana, Nibby SOMEHOW convinced my favorite baby doll, Ingrid, to partake of his bizarre potty ritual (in retrospect, he probably used the language barrier to his benefit; I tried to teach that stupid Swede some English, but she would have none of it, staring back at me with those vacant eyes). I can say this for her; though Ingrid did lack muscular shape and tone, she had lovely long, silky, spun-gold hair. (That is, PRE-SWIRL.)
When our mother discovered Nibby had swirled Ingrid, did she put the doll in the bathtub with my brother? No. She tossed’er in the washer – and from there straight into the dryer – on HIGH. I waited for HOURS for my Ingrid to emerge from the Maytag, pacing about the laundry room, plotting and scheming to exact my revenge on Teddy, Nibby’s omnipresent brown bear. (Don’t think for a minute I had overlooked the fact that if his little Eljer baptism was SUCH a moment of spiritual enlightenment that he would’ve converted his VERY OWN STUFFED BUDDY over Ingrid. Nope; Teddy was TOAST.)
Now, I’m not sayin’ Ingrid didn’t undergo a spiritual conversion at the hands of my toilet-twisted sibling; maybe sí, maybe no. I CAN, however, attest to the fact that that poor girl was PHYSICALLY TRANSFORMED.
Poor, dumb, Euro-trash Ingrid! My sad friend appeared to have been the victim of the business-end of a shovel as the left side of her molded plastic skull was bashed in, never to ‘pop-out’ again. Her left eyeball had receded and retreated to wasteland of said molded plastic skull, leaving but a gaping black HOLE where it had once been. When shaken severely, Ingrid’s eyeball could be heard and FELT to be rattling and rolling around inside the vacuum of her head. But the WORST part of all was that Ingrid’s lush, golden mane had metamorphosed into a clownish blonde afro (well, it WAS the 70’s; perhaps Ingrid was a bit more ‘with it’ than I thought…). No matter how much Love’s Baby Soft I dumped on her, that melted-plastic stench would never leave her.
Oh! How I lamented the loss of my original Ingrid! And, for awhile, I was content to play nursemaid to my damaged friend. I fashioned a mini-eyepatch from black felt, wrapped her dented face with ACE bandages and pretended that her bobbling eyeball was a traveling tumor. It wasn’t long, however, until I tired of caring for an invalid; I mean, if she wasn’t able to pick up even a little English before ‘THE SWIRL’, there really wasn’t much chance of her recovering from severe brain damage.
Ingrid was headed to the
It was about that time
that I discovered
the wonderful world of
Now, HERE was one, hip chick! Not only did she have partial genitalia, my girl was young, rich, carefree and stylish! She had great clothes, great shoes with matching handbags, jewel-encrusted accessories, and she had a hottie boyfriend, too!
Oh, I fell hard for everything Barbie: the swimming pool, the van, the Dream House, the camper, the corvette; you name it, I had it!
I had Barbies of every hair-hue! I had Kelley, Cara and Ginger, a few Skippers and and a couple ‘a Kens. My Barbies had more clothing than I did! I even had a cute pink wardrobe trunk for storing all of my Barbie paraphernalia (EVERY gown and outfit was hung on a tiny pink hanger). I recall losing only a few shoes, ever – devastating.
I remember changing their attire frequently, usually opting for casual summer frocks or eveningwear to forego grunting and tugging and eventually RIPPING slacks and glittery hot pants over the dolls’ sticky rubber legs and freakishly-jointed baby-bearin’ hips. (Years later would I learn that baby powder would have gone a long way in easing my dolls into their campy-trampy duds.)
In the beginning, the imaginary world I created for my dolls was sweet and innocent…benign. I would stage fashion shows, trips to the grocery store, tea parties, sleepovers and even hold school for them.
When my personality split, and my dark side emerged, Barbie’s world was somewhat less than idyllic. What accessories I needed but couldn’t purchase, like an emergency room – for when Babs botched an inward on the diving board which ripped her arms from their sockets with a ‘THWOCK’ (okay, and a pair of pliers), or the absolute MUST for every pool party – the pitcher of martinis – I would mold out of PlayDoh and improvise. I could play with my Barbies for hours on end, much to the delight of my parents who were relieved I was too preoccupied to torture Teddy.
I kept most of Barbie’s homes and vehicles at my grandma’s house because I spent nearly every weekend there, being pampered to the hilt. The dolls themselves and the wardrobe, however, I would tote back and forth to and from home.
Except for that ONE weekend – that one weekend wherein I got to Grandma’s and realized I’d forgotten all my Barbie shit at HOME. (And NO FRICKIN’ WAY would either of my parents CONSIDER making the 3-mile trek back to Grandma’s to deliver my forgotten dolls.) I was sad at first, but when Grandma told me I could go upstairs and dig around in her attic, look for untold treasures, try on all of her ‘good’ spectator pumps in every color – never saw her wear’em even ONCE – (I guess she bit it before ‘GOOD’ ever came along), dress-up in the fancy dresses of her youth and play with her old pocketbooks, my big-boobied Barbies faded fast in my memory.
I have no idea
just how long it took me
to realize that I came home
to the scariest collection of Barbies
young girls of the world
had ever seen.
When I opened the pink wardrobe, I was utterly horrified to find that, while still stylishly dressed, wearing travel-appropriate footwear (for the trip to Grandma’s that never happened for THEM), my Barbies had fallen victim to a band of cannibal headhunters!
HEADLESS, THE LOT OF THEM!
The savages had viciously POPPED off my dolls’ heads and made off with them for nary a noggin was to be found within the wardrobe. My dolls were nothing but a collection of knobby bodies with knobby necks.
As I looked at my pathetic doll-pals, I could actually HEAR the POP of each doll’s head coming off; it was a sound with which I was familiar as I would often put Skipper’s HEAD to Barbie’s BODY – I had always pitied the flat younger sister, and I enjoyed ‘treating’ her to some time wearin’ Barbie’s rack.
When I ran to my numb mother to report the heinous crime, I was both shocked and relieved to learn that savage head-hunters were not culpable and still lurking under my bed; rather, the culprit was none other than my little brother.
Apparently, during my absence,
Nibby had acquired some new toilet tricks.
Having been dissatisfied with the family’s overall reaction to what became known as ‘The Conversion of Ingrid’, apparently Nibby deigned my beautiful Barbies to be worthy, easily-manipulated converts. If only he had been satisfied with ‘conversion by swirl’….
The ‘official’ story I got was that Nibby ripped off the Barbies’ heads and FLUSHED them down the crapper! At some point, a glut of heads clogged the toilet, and my dad was forced to plunge.
Did my folks THINK to run out to buy even ONE new Babs to replace my headless dolls? Nope; evidently, they operated under the assumption that the next time I opened my trunk, I wouldn’t even notice my friends had no frickin’ heads. Hell, they even may have PRETENDED to actually SEE heads on my dolls should I bring it up, hoping that labeling me ‘DELUSIONAL’ may save’em $50 in replacement babes in the end.
To add insult to injury,
the little fucker
didn’t even get in trouble
for his little foray into religion.
he’s too little
to know any better…
he’s just very creative,
and he was just
Oh, yeah? How come THAT EXCUSE didn’t work for me when I performed major surgery on STRETCH ARMSTRONG, hoping to prove once and for all that there was, indeed, MAPLE SYRUP inside of him? (and, though my hypothesis was woefully wrong, I DID LEARN that if it don’t SMELL like MAPLE SYRUP, girlfriend, it SURE AS SHIT ain’t gonna TASTE like it.)
After all that, Barbie no longer held the magic for me that she once had. I didn’t even have the will, the heart, to craft Playdoh heads for the ‘knobbed ones’. Their lovely heads gone, for me, they’d lost their luster.
My damn dumb-doll days were over.
I came to DESPISE all things Barbie, telling myself that they were ‘dumb blondes’ anyway, and that the shallow bitches deserved what they got in the end. I decided that the BOYS had all the fun in the world, and that they rarely got in trouble for anything they ever did, their parents chalking up pranks and even arson to ‘boys being boys’. I committed to tomboyhood, once and for all.
Sadly, my hatred for Barbie has continued through adulthood, and much to the chagrin of my daughters, into my motherhood. I absolutely REFUSE to purchase Barbie and/or any of her BIMBO galpals for my children.
I see absolutely NO VALUE WHATSOEVER in having young girls play and fantasize about the DREAM-HOUSE and the DREAM-LIFE and the DREAM-METROSEXUAL-HUSBAND-KEN.
To what avail?
No, I want my girls to learn what REAL LIFE’s all about.
The earlier they learn that LIFE AIN’T NO DREAM-WORLD, the better.
When Mattel starts makin’ HOME-IN-FORECLOSURE-CAUSE-YOUR-BALD-FAT-GOOD-FOR-NOTHIN’-BEER-CHUGGIN’-HUBBY-DONE-BLEW-RENT-ON-DOGFIGHTS-AND-NASCAR BARBIE, I might take notice and buy’em for my kids.
Now that I think about it,
there ARE some Barbies
that I would run out
snag for my girls:
Stripper Barbie – Barbie’s done got a boob job! Now a trip-D, this doll is ‘dressed’ in tassle pasties, genuine rhinestone thong and ‘Miss Pole Dance Australia’ sparkling sash. Stripper Barbie’s appendages are Gumby-bendable to facilitate this bombshell’s technically intricate and sensual dance tricks. Pole, rope Mallakhamb, strobe lights, jar of Vaseline and miniature paper currency in $20, $50 and $100 denominations included. *Stripper Skipper also available at pedophilepatdat.com
Bad Hair Day Barbie – Oh, wait! That’s the REGULAR Barbie. Forget it.
HOA Rep Barbie – comes with clipboard containing the low-down on each neighborhood resident, binoculars, Canon Powershot camera with mega-zoom lens and time-lapse capabilities, VIOLATION stickers, comfortable walking shoes and removable stick up her ass.
Stay-At-Home Barbie – Barbie has packed on 50+ extra pounds. Comes with laundry basket, six kids (one in middle, one in elementary and four under 4 years old), enough crafting supplies for completing all of her kids’ school projects, Costco card, smokes and a TV Guide.
Debby Downer Barbie – The antithesis to Barbie’s perky personality. Debby has a pull-string, but come to think of it, it’s really not necessary; she’ll BITCH INCESSANTLY about any- and everything. Batteries NOT INCLUDED; the only way to get her to shut the fuck up is by bludgeoning her repeatedly with a sledge hammer (included). If THAT doesn’t work, set the bitch afire (matches also included).
PTO Barbie – This chick does not stop! Wearing the latest trends and styles, hopped up on her kid’s ADHD meds, PTO Babs drives the kids to school in her own bus (included), and spends the day volunteering in the cafeteria, the classroom, the main office and with PE (because the teacher is ‘smokin’ HOT’). PTO Babs USED to assist the school nurse, but she was asked to refrain when it was discovered that the clinic’s Ritalin supply had dwindled. PTO Barbie does not drive the students home in her bus, however, as she remains at school to tidy the teachers’ rooms and to gather as much information and dirt on these educators as possible, committing each detail to her eidetic memory for future blackmail plots. PTO Barbie hangs out in the office chumming with admin until she presides over the the meeting at 7 pm. When the meeting ends at 10 pm, Babs is too tired to drive the bus home, so she sleeps in the extra janitor’s closet she has converted into her own personal office/boudoir.
Single-Working-Mom Barbie – Single-Working-Mom Barbie holds down TWO full-time jobs while ‘having parties’ every Saturday and Sunday as a consultant for Lia Sophia, Mary Kay and Tastefully Simple to supplement her meager income. She comes with her Daytimer, Bluetooth headset, a year’s supply of 800mg Vivarin and a list of 25 friends’ cell phone numbers she may need to call to pick up her three school-age kids when their deadbeat dad is too drunk to pull up his dungarees after bonin’ his trailer court manager’s third wife. Single-Working-Mom-Barbie can whip up dinner for four from the fridge door, and she comes with (3) additional pairs of arms that can be attached to her back (she could always use an extra hand or two).
Bipolar Barbie – This doll’s head can be swiveled front to back to reveal one of two faces, ‘benign’ and ‘possessed’, given Bipolar Barbie’s current mental state. B.B.’s hair is used to camouflage the countenance not currently employed. Quite unlike other Barbies, this doll sports flexible arms to pose, perhaps, in a warm, embracing hug. In addition, the doll’s fully jointed finger digits and opposable thumbs, enable Bipolar Barbie to throw the bird or wield a cleaver should the imaginary need arise. Also included: One year’s supply of Abilify. *Disclaimer: Destroy doll when meds run out.
OCD Barbie – Being a textbook example of the Type A personality, the OCD Barbie must insist that utmost care and precision-cutting be employed in the opening of her product box. Upon opening the product box, the consumer should adhere to the following procedure:
1) Carefully REMOVE doll.
2) Carefully REPLACE doll inside box.
3) REPEAT 1) and 2)
4) REPEAT 1) and 2)
5) Leave doll in box so she’ll stay clean and perfect.
The company strongly recommends that the consumer allow band of plastic shrink wrap about the doll’s hair and the basting threads which keep OCD Barbie’s brilliant-white pin-pleated skirt sharply creased — intact — throughout ownership of the doll. Included with OCD Barbie is her ‘necessary’ carry-all which contains: (2) Tide To-Go Stain Removal Pens (one may dry up), tissues, (1) gallon bottle of moisturizing hand sanitizer, regular-size bottle of antibacterial hand soap, (2) MEGA-rolls Bounty paper towels, (1) box – 100 count – latex-free disposable gloves, (1) travel pack of triple-ply toilet seat covers, (2) rolls triple-ply toilet tissue, (1) plastic container of large flushable wipes, (1) box of triple-zip security plastic Baggies, (1) box assorted bandages, (1) 10x magnifying mirror, diamond-cut precision tweezers in cushioned case, (1) roll each: Scotch tape, masking tape, black electrical tape, duct tape, 20’ tape measure, (3) each – ‘emergency’ keys to her car, home and office, (1) gallon ‘emergency’ container of unleaded gasoline, (25) brown paper lunch sacks for aiding hyperventilation when specific rules and regulations are ignored.
Butch Barbie — This doll sports the ‘s/him’ hairstyle which is perfect for a day on the WPGA Tour or to deter the dreaded ‘trucker hat’ hair when she parks her semi in the McDonald’s parking lot and heads in for a Filet O’ Fish and some fries. Doll comes dressed in Dickies dungarees, Buffalo plaid flannel shirt with sports bra attached and steel-toed workboots. Golf clubs, semi and Honda Accord sold separately.
Bi-Barbie – Bi-Barbie is the Girl-Next-Door. She is a married mother of two. Her ‘best, best, best friend’ is Chach Barbie, and they go everywhere and do everything — together. Every other month they have a ‘Girls Only’ spa weekend. Bi-Barbie’s favorite song (included) is “Best of Both Worlds” by Hanna Montana. Ken doll and Chach Barbie sold separately.
Botox Barbie – (aka Middle-Aged Barbie) may be a tad frightening to your young daughter upon first glance. This doll’s spent her 20s and 30s in the tanning bed, and her leathery, sagging, collagen-deficient skin hangs from her thin frame. Fret not! Though, at first, you may wonder if, mistakenly, you have purchased the Crypt Keeper or E.T. doll, you will be pleasantly surprised whence your daughter injects the live botulinum bacteria into the doll’s folds. Like magic, Botox Barbie pleasantly plumps up, resembling an energized, albeit shocked or surprised, middle-aged bimbo who just came from the doctor. Miniature syringes, botulinum type-A toxin and hand mirror included. *Coming Soon! New Botox Barbie’s Culture-Your-Own-Botulinum kit!
HandiBarbie – (aka Handi-CAPABLE Barbie) – This plucky athlete-phenom comes seated in her proportional-speed breath-operated motorized state-of-the-art wheelchair. She paints! She draws! She ‘rolls’ marathons! She skis! A former flight attendant, HandiBarbie is a mother of four who tours the world, piloting her very own breath-and-eye-operated Cessna. A motivational speaker, HandiBarbie teaches the young women of the world of the many dangers of joining the pilot and the Mile High Club in the cockpit. High-heeled, flats and sneakered prosthetic legs (L and R) included; Cessna and sit-ski sold separately.
PMS Barbie – (aka Homicidal Rampage Babs) — Voice-activated doll unleashes a scathing rash of threats and epithets at the slightest hint of conversation coming her way. Realistic bloating and sore, swollen breasts enhance PMS Barbie’s authenticity. This doll wears a big, comfy sweatshirt, elastic-waist sweatpants and warm, fuzzy slippers. Accessories included: comfy sofa, eye mask, warm, fuzzy blanket, heating pad, (10) ThermoCare adhesive heating pads, (2) lbs. milk chocolate, (1) wild animal saltlick, (10) ‘POUNDER’ bags of Extra-Greasy Potato Chips (ANY brand, MOTHERFUCKER, it doesn’t MATTER!) and (1) gross 800mg Motrin.
When Mattel brings THESE Barbies to market, I’ll bring my credit card. I’ll be the first in line to buy the HALFWAY HOUSE, ABUSED WOMEN AND CHILDREN SHELTER and ABORTION CLINIC, if they make’em.
Hell, I might even spring for a coupl’a extra heads.
I’m the oldest
at the M & Ms’ school.
While my closet contains ‘fashions’ from the likes of trendsetters Briggs, Sag Harbor, Alfred Dunner and Lee (the ONLY brand that successfully and moderately-comfortably accommodates my fat ass and cooling-tower thighs), the hot mamas’ closets hold skimpy little items from Forever21 and Hot Topic.
MILF material, I am not!
is more like it.
Though I have never had an ensemble that could be considered ‘in style’ at the moment (or in that DECADE), I do have a sense of my own style — we’ll call it ‘eclectic‘ as there is no fitting English term. At my age and body-fat ratio, I lean toward my my ‘fat jeans’ (straight-leg with adjustable waistband, thank you), and a big, hidey-all, knee-length sweater (all from the thrift store — $4.00 TOTAL). I’d rather have the ankle-length knit frock, but my chunky boots’d get all tangled up in it as I was kickin’ my own arse for lettin’ it grow the size o’ the tri-state area.
However, I must admit that
even if I were a ‘younger mommy’,
The Viv would have no fashion sense,
my fashion sense
boils down to the fact that
I just don’t give a shit.
(a BENEFIT of old age)
I’m not afraid to grow old —
or to LOOK old.
Hell, I’m 40!
I SHOULD look like I’m 40!
WRINKLES and GROWING OLD
worry me NOT.
In fact, I like to call my ‘frown lines‘ the
I earned it.
having my stylist
just to be done with it.
I’m seriously looking forward
to a salt’n’pepa do.
I may lament the fact that the ‘younger mommies’ shop the cool stores, but truth to tell, even if I WERE young, I still wouldn’t nance around in low-rise flares, baring my midriff, showin’ off my taut skin and perky ta-tas. It’s pretty damn cute on OTHER young gals, but for The Viv, even had she dressed that way at 21, she would’a looked like nuttin’ but mutton dressed as lamb.
I DO feel sorry for the M & Ms, though. The ‘younger mommies’ have so much energy. SassyMama just doesn’t have the git-up-‘n-go that she had back when she was ‘supposed‘ to have popped out the pups.
VIM + VIGOR ≠ VIV
My poor kids. SassyMama simply cannot sit for hours in the bleachers without having crushed-up and snorted some DOANS; she cannot proffer more than 3 entries in round after eye-crossin’ round o’ the ‘Hey, Mommy, Guess What Word I’m Thinking About’ game without entertaining sado-masochistic fantasies; she needs to wear her $1 magnifiers ON TOP OF her regular glasses in order to to untie the knots in shoelaces, and she’s too CHICKENSHIT to do a spin while ice skating for fear of breakin’ a hip.
The ‘younger mommies‘ can pretty much do everything they want to with their kids — and not need to sleep with the heating pad for the next week.
The M & Ms
may have been
but age really
On a recent Uni-Mart piss-quest, upon closing the door to the vile lavatory, the store’s manager looked at my M & Ms and me, clearly sizing us up. The Dingus had just bought a bottled water, so I felt we had adequately ‘paid’ to purge. I was about to explain this to the middle-aged, middle-eastern man when he motioned for me to move in the direction of the front register. He strode up one aisle while the M & Ms and SassyMama took the one beside him. At a break in the food-barriers, somewhere near the chips — on my side — (probably those little tree air fresheners and girls-with-big-tiddies lighters on his), he looks over at me, nods at the M & Ms — and says,
Then, he held out a basket of individually-wrapped hardtack candies to my GRAND children and me (you know the ones: root beer barrels, butterscotches, Werther’s Originals, etc., — EVERY one of the ilk MY grandmother always carried in her pocketbook) and gestured for us to take one.
The Viv passed.
I come from a line of women who ‘save’ things.
God forbid an empty milk carton get thrown in the trash!
It must be WASHED OUT, not just rinsed, and all four pinched corners must be opened up to make the carton’s ‘mouth’ large enough to accomodate any manner of vegetable waste: apple, potato and cucumber peelings, especially.
For a reason I can no longer recall, my mother would save and wash these plastic bottles that held Daily’s OJ. I think she saved them for my grandma who would then fill them with iced tea.
I remember thinking those bottles were pretty cool because the 1/2 gallon jug curved into two finger ‘rings’ on either side of the neck, making carrying a breeze.
Unfortunately for me,
those convenient little rings
made for an excellent grip
on the world’s most bizarre
weapon in the history of child abuse!
We were going to my grandmother’s house one weekend, so we loaded up the family truckster, a VW Rabbit (70’s gas crunch), with all the crap my mother ‘saved’ for her mother. Now, that Rabbit was small, so with my folks, my brother and me, there was very little room for much else. Somewhow, my mother managed to stuff in along with us three trash bags of various empty cartons and Daily’s bottles. Thank God Grandma lived just across town!
We needed to stop and get milk and bread and ‘good creamery butter’ for Grandma. Dad, as he was the only one not buried beneath mounds of cardboard and plastic, was the one who went inside the supermarket. Mom, my brother and I sat in the parking lot, holding our worthless loot.
Don’t recall what set me off, but I started gettin’ lippy with my mother (another trait of our lineage). I may have been only 10 or 11, but I could sling the sass with the best o’ them!
Because my mom was in the passenger seat directly in front of me, because she was a ‘lefty’ and because we were swimming in refuse, my mom could not comfortably and easily wind up for a good sock to my mouth. She only could make a pathetic, little 1/4 turn in her seat to shoot me her
A glutton for punishment, the knowledge that she was pretty much immobilized fed the fire that flew from my tongue.
When my mother’s face got so red I thought I’d actually set her afire, she frantically FELT about her (never breaking the DEATH GLARE) for something with which to beat my sassy ass.
Finally, her fingers found paydirt;
her eyes widened in enlightenment.
Still twisted in that cock-eyed 1/4 turn, my mother hoisted her right arm. Wielding that empty Daily’s jug held fast in her clenched fist (Damn! Those little rings are handy!), with every sinew and tendon visible in her forearm, my mother morphed into some warped version of Lady Liberty.
The stream of smartass cracks spewing
from my mouth suddenly ceased.
I could only stare at those goddam
convenient finger rings.
Was THIS how I was to meet my end?
Bludgeoned by a fuckin’
Daily’s Orange Juice jug?!
I SWEAR TO GOD I HEARD
THE PSYCHO-SHOWER-SCENE MUSIC.
A sickly squeak from high in my throat escaped; my mother’s CUE to commence the pummeling.
I ducked and buried my face in the plastic bag o’ jugs as my mother landed blow after blow on the back of my noggin. She was actually GRUNTING.
She landed about six blows when I realized, ‘this noggin-knockin’s not hurtin’ — AT ALL!’
the utter ABSURDITY,
of it all hit me harder
than my jug-packin’-mama,
and I burst out laughing.
Naturally, my guffaws made
my mother bring down some more HEAT.
I couldn’t help it;
the whole scene was GONZO!
I sat up, tears streaming down my face, laughing so I could hardly breathe. My mom managed a couple more half-hearted hits, and then, she too burst out laughing!
For the record, my brother (three years my junior), may have been a blind, deaf mute; he just sat there with saucer-eyes (probably takin’ notes, the little fucker).
Mom and I were still laughing and crying when my dad got back in the tin-can car. He had to get back out to pick up some of the Daily’s jugs that had spilled out.
“What the HELL happened in HERE?” he asked.