Saturday, July 12, 2014

I am today like the Brazil World Cup soccer team: No future, but what  a past!
 
My best friend, possibly sensing this turned me  down on a loan, saying you just can't beg for dollar bills out of the the ether. You gotta show me you're serious before I get involved.
Jaysus. A simple yes or no would have done it.
No need for epistemology and another page of proof.
Proof of what? That I had turned asshole?
But I was an asshole in need. No need for the lecture,
Durn  those I'm-all-right -Jack attitudes.
 
Easy to say when some woman has taken off with your rent money and all you have is the memory of  rather badly executed sex. And one has collected a trustee in bankruptsy.
In a word, a best friend has told one to f-off.
I'm sure this has happened to a reader before. Ya never know. "I'm all right Jack, he seems to say while chewing on a chicken drumstick while you're there hanging around the dumpster.
Well, what the hell. We had career choices. He played it straight, while I chose to play the grand genius sweepstakes. I did not win. At least not yet. And time is getting on. I am 76.
 
There is this secret vanity. Four novels and two kids. Other friends tell me that ain't bad.
 
...But the critics missed it, and it seems, so did my "I'm-all-right, Jack" friend.
 
                      -30-

27 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Progress was made.

ivan said...

(Puff!-puff)!

I guess.

Thnx.

Anonymous said...

you're "I'm ok Jack" friend has supported you every year for eons with money and other sundries/food/beer at every Christmas and Easter...to e-mail someone in a drunken stupor and fish for help of some kind,simply because the cigarettes and booze money ran out,along with some modicum of common sense,while trying to entertain and house an obvious street urchin/con-artist,apparently for a month,goes far beyond the pale,or any particular chapter in a Miller vignette,and thoroughly begs a loudly trumpeted wake up call from all observers around the perimeter of this drama...get a grip...life isn't that simple,or you'd find all that crap on a tree somewhere,easily within reach...arghhhhhhhhhhh...jumpin' jack flash I'm ok...

the walking man said...

Oh wow i think you had your ass burned there old man! i would have just given you the simple no because the old lady rations the money now. I don't get any until a penny shits a dime.

And seriously what the fuck is wrong with emailing in a drunken stupor, especially if the sea urchin/con artist was hot and she lifted the seat when she was done using the commode.

ivan said...

Anonymous,

Why am I laguhing uncontrollably? :)

Anonymous said...

no idea why you'd be laughing in fits of hysteria...you know the scenario for what it was...I warned you about the boat anchor a long time ago...journalistic licence and all situational embellishments aside,you know full well you were given a very clear answer in regard to your very indirect fishing trip,looking for booze and cigarettes..."looking for a bank manager",I believe was the terminology...and,I'd have to ask what happened to the responses from Stouffville and Thornhill Wells Fargo branches? ...they didn't come thru for you either ?...c'mon,get another grip...it's too late to play at the down and out starving artist bohemesque figure,thrust out in the cold and lonesome,besot by falling snow, wounded by factors far beyond anyone's control...I didn't ask to wash all this crap out on main street,and I didn't make the laundry either,but now you have tickee...you still seem to have internet,and a roof over head,and presumably sufficient food...beyond that,if the booze and cigs run out because of poor choices,why is that someone else's gig ?...does no one else live in your building ?...I trust you threw the boat anchor out by now...how much did she throw in the pot for booze and cigs ?...and for the record,I didn't even get an invite to the booze fest before you ran out of coin and went airborne with a "broken arrow"...everybody makes choices,kid...I chose not to piss my money away on cigs and booze for someone from the streets I didn't even know...dig this,too...when your distress call went out,I only had about 6 beers of my own left at home...sheeeit,Festus,I shoulda sent you a call for help...I know,you're still laughing uncontrollably,but seriously,who's obtooose ?...









ivan said...

Anonymous,

While trinking with the late Trent Frayne, June Callsood's husband,he said journalists, underneath, are as sensitive as birds.
They also squawk a lot.
What do I know? I'm a Keswik pig farmer.

Anonymous said...

and I, just a simpleton peasant journeying thru' this town of life...

ivan said...

:)

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Anonymous said...

Fut the wuck was that last comment?

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Note:

Ignore this space.

It is the first two lines of a poem draft. IP


Still alive after l985

Waking up in 2014, flashback to l985.

Where has everybody gone?

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