Tuesday, July 11, 2006

July 11, 2006
Kathy drug me to a early morning pre-work yoga class ?this morning (actually, she left early for an exercise class, told me she would be saving a "spot" for me, which tapped into my Lutheran guilt and forced me to show up, against my will). Several women in the class said they enjoyed having me there so I guess I'll go back and be healthy in spite of myself. Went at the last second and didn't bring a change of clothes, so here I sit at work in my yoga shorts and a t-shirt, and a Route 66 ball-cap, thus breaking my months-long string of wearing matching Wrangler ensembles complete with flashy Jane Bischof procureded neck-ties, or scarves, if you want to get all gay about it.

Here's another take on the number of Tombstone viewings:

"Your question on the number of times we've seen Tombstone (and/or Wyatt Earp) is discriminatory, defamatory, and insulting to a significant number of us: the math challenged. We are unable to count any higher than the number of fingers and toes attached to our bodies. Even then we make mistakes.

"We poor saps watch these shows over and over and over again without making a black mark on a piece of paper, indicating yet another complete viewing. And that doesn't even count the number of times we've turned on the telly just in time to catch the second half of the movie. Or the last third. Or to hear Robert Mitchum say, 'Tom Mix wept.' Or any fraction thereof.

"So unless you'd like the ACLU to come sweeping down on you like a bunch of Cowboys overrunning a Mexican wedding, you'd best give us the respect we're due. We, the math challenged of the West, will not be ignored! We will be heard! We will be counted!

"Doo-dah. Doo-dah.

"But back to your question--I've got...let's see....uh...ten fingers. And...uh...ten toes. So I know I've seen Tombstone 20 times. Same for Wyatt Earp. Same for Ft. Apache. Same for Gunfight at the OK Corral. Same for Shane. Same for Pale Rider. Same for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Same for the Wild Bunch. Same for...oh, hell, a lotta Westerns.

"Lord save me."
—Mark Boardman

"Nothing is worse than active ignorance."

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