“You bloody old towser-faced boot-faced totem-pole on a crap reservation.”

Yesterday I got the newspapers from the front yard, and all my plans for the day changed. It was so cold I decided to stay home. I had a wonderfully cozy day and an early nap. Today is a bit warmer so I’ll venture out bundled only a bit. I got a new vest for Christmas and it is just perfect for today.

I would like to do bodily harm to Peter Pan from the Geico ad. Considering the reactions of Phil and Diane they feel the same way. Joanne looking 70 wasn’t all that far off as it is the Class of 65 and most are probably 68 anyway. No, it was the look on Peter’s face that made the comment so officious. I would love to have smacked him right then or, even better, watch Phil wind up and hit him in defense of the lady. I did chuckle at You Make Me Feel So Young. The song was a brilliant choice.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. I was always struck by that one. I thought name calling really did hurt, mostly inside where nobody would know. It was in school at recess where the boys were the worst and the most heartless. They didn’t target me too much, but they did a few friends of mine. One of my friends cried, the worst thing of all to do. I explained to her that you yell that useless saying back as if you believed it. Better yet, get a crowd to say it with you. Numbers have power. The other option, the one I used once, was to punch the ring leader in the face. That put a quick stop to name calling and I was sent to the office, not at all repentant.


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16 Comments on ““You bloody old towser-faced boot-faced totem-pole on a crap reservation.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I am awash in a sea of Bowie print and am struggling in the flotsam and jetsam – Bowie inspired me screamed Madge and fell over, Bowie saved my life screamed Iggy, I’m on Celebrity get me outta here screamed Angie, who also screamed when she discovered on camera that David was gone.

    In the early 70s we were doomed to shit clerical jobs, there were troubles on the terraces and the underlying push back to structure was evident. Hunky Dory was around down the Grammar School but zoomed in sales and play as soon as Ziggy showed up. David needed a hit and made his first TV appearance to sing “Starman” on the children’s program “Lift off with Ayshea” right after Ollie Beak – strange really, Peter Firmin’s Ollie Beak glove puppet had preceded the Beatles on Tuesday Rendezvous

    Bowie rocked, he said stuff and not everyone got it. we decided not to be Ziggy and that was ok. He was urbane suburban, he outraged, he defied and defined. I don’t have a favorite Bowie album, simply because there are so many in the canon that meant so much at a part of my rapid movement from thug to old man.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It was just so sudden. Unbelievable! Screaming seems the right response somehow.

      David defined music in so many different ways and reinvented himself from album to album. I look at the suave, urbane David and am amazed. Is that really Ziggy? It is only one part of David. We will miss him.

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, Steven Wilson played Jahrhunderthalle Bochum today but I wasn’t there 🙁 Ticket price and busy week. I’ll see whether I can find some concert snippets on YouTube later.
      Last night I saw Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust concert movie again, partly familiar but also kind of strange after all those years.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – do wish you had seen Steve Wilson..next time maybe
        I am playing through a lot of Bowie stuff, I should watch Ziggy again, or the Reality Tour

  2. Richard Says:

    Today was a ‘two-fer’ … started out with my first visit to the Physical Therapy guy. I’m amazed at how much strength I’ve already lost in my left leg (quadriceps / gastrocs), especially in extension. We did an hour of evaluation and range-of-motion / strength studies, after which he gave me printouts of the McKenzie exercises he wants me to do. Good thing I was working out already before this happened.

    The brighter note came afterwards when I met my daughter at our favorite Indian restaurant for lunch. It’d be nice if we could get together more often, but she has a lot of responsibilities to fill her day that I no longer have to worry about. We get together when we can, and that works.

    I hate the GEICO lizard. ‘Peter Pan’ needs a couple of 25mm Bofors rounds sent in his direction. The ‘Least Interesting Man in the World’ needs a ball gag. To paraphrase King Henry’s complaint about Thomas à Becket: “Will no one rid me of this troublesome man?” The tall lady in the too-tight red dress in Capitol One’s commercial needs to re-think her choice of shoes … and she needs to stop applying her lipstick with both hands. I think I preferred it when they had the Vikings. ‘Professor Nathaniel Burke’s Farmers commercial is more grating than most others … he has raised smug self-satisfaction and condescension to new levels. “Will no one rid me … ”

    Omigawd, I hate almost every one of today’s commercials. The stupidest is the one for Cialis, which ends with the two ‘lovebirds’ backlit on a deserted beach in BATHTUBS! Could they not find a room anywhere … ? It makes my brain hurt on so many levels …

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones / But whips and chains excite me.” Wait – that’s not right, is it? Did that come from ‘Rocky Horror’? If y’ let people get to you with namecalling, they win. If, on the other hand, y’ pick up the heaviest object you can hold and beat ’em about the head and shoulders with it, they tend to not mess with you as much afterwards. The best response is a mean, nasty, and prompt response. They start it; you finish it.

    • katry Says:

      This fall I had PT twice a week, and it really helped. The problem is my back doesn’t always cooperate so I grit my teeth and keep moving.

      It’s great you have such a close relationship with your daughter. Conversation and lunch are a great combination guaranteed to keep you close. You chose well: Indian food.

      I don’t remember the woman in the too tight red dress. It must be that commercials don’t get my full attention. I am not a lizard fan either. I did notice that Cialis no longer uses real people in bathtubs. It is now a logo for the company seen at the end of the commercials.

      I don’t think it came from Rocky Horror.

      Name calling is now a form of harassment and considered bullying. I can see that. I would never generally respond to name calling with a punch, but it was my friend he had made cry, and I wanted to help her. Escalating by using violence makes little sense to me.

  3. Birgit Says:

    First snow flakes today but mostly rain. Still not really winter yet but may be we’ll get at least a few winter snow days this year? I hope so.
    I don’t think we have a similar Sticks and Stones saying here but who doesn’t know cruel kids.

    • katry Says:

      I guess winter is reminding you it’s coming.

      I don’t know if kids say that any more. In my day, it was a common response.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I agree that Peter Pan from Geico does need a smack upside the head. Apparently his classmates understand better than I that Peter is permanently stunted in his development and allowances must be made. You Make Me Feel So Young is a nice touch, though. 🙂

    I was out and about the first half of today. Dogs needed walking and I had some appointments. It wasn’t too cold at first but the wind came up later on and made it uncomfortable. I was supposed to go out this evening but decided not to. I wanted to remain warm and snuggled up on the couch. Unfortunately, the dogs still need one more walk but I can do that in my lounge attire. It’s dark. No one can see.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      By the looks on their faces, they would love to whack him. They do tolerate him but not happily.

      I went out in the early evening to get a few groceries. It was so cold. I also have a few things to do tomorrow. I hope it is a bit warmer. Gracie doesn’t even like to go outside for too long.

      Stay cozy and warm!

  5. Bob Says:

    The Geico ads are brilliant and very funny. The ones with the gecko are not as funny as the one with Peter Pan or the mother calling the government agent son while he’s fighting the enemy. However, the ads still haven’t gotten me to buy their insurance. I like the State Farm ad with the cone heads and won’t buy their insurance either. Humor usually doesn’t work in advertising because the audience is laughing so hard they forget the name of the product. The only reason I remember which insurance company is which by just plain old repetition.

    Today was even warmer than yesterday with a few more clouds.

    • katry Says:

      The ones with the gecko aren’t funny to me at all. Peter and the mother are. I find myself remembering products when the ad is funny or catchy.

      I do ignore all the car and medical/medicine ads. There are just too many. I prefer watching the movie channels with no commercials or DVR’ing programs so I can flash by all the commercials.

  6. olof1 Says:

    They don’t show that ad here so I had to check it on the net. I laughed out loud and it is hilarious 🙂 🙂

    A study here shows that if a commercial isn’t fun we Swedes tend not to care about what they want to sell to us, doesn’t matter if it is radio or tv, so that’s what they try to do and most of them fail so bad. The funniest are of course those that are so bad that they become fun only because of that 🙂

    Have a great day!


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