There wasn't any part of that road that was straight, but by evening we'd pulled into the Gorge Amphitheater. Neither of us had been there before, although plenty of big name acts from our heyday had been through there, tempting us, but not removing us, from our complacent lives. This was all grace.
The concert was crazy, man. I took some photos, but they all came out like this:
Larry and I talked about the movies
and cigarette smoking.
Larry said, "You know all those old movies like Casablanca. I don't know if they had product placement payments per se, but it seemed like smoking scenes came up as regularly as tv ads in those movies. Now I hear they want to edit the smoking out of the classic cartoons."
"I suppose they've already edited most of the racism and ethnic stereotypes out. They've probably removed Porky's and Elmer's speech impediments. Smoking was the last thing left, except for the senseless cartoon violence. Whoops! What was that?"
"We just hit an owl..."
"Do you think we should stop?"
"It was a good solid hit, Larry, I'm sure that owl was toast..."
"Where was I. Oh yeah, senseless cartoon violence. I mean, it's hard to be funny without a bit of slapstick..."
"So what's funny about killing an owl, Larry?"
"Did I say that was funny? It's funny when the coyote gets an anvil on his head... Because you know in the next scene he's going to be strapping on a rocket pack. Well, actually, I never really cared for the Road Runner cartoons. But that was because they were stupid. Nothing but slapstick. Now when Charlie Chaplin took a dive, he'd already made sure you'd won his sympathy, so that later when the big palooka got taken out by the little tramp, that was funny..."
"So the owl dying wasn't funny, unless we'd just seen him terrorizing the mouse family that we knew and loved..."
"You know, Phil, you're weird. But that's one way of looking at it..."
Behind them on the road, the mouse family was dancing in happiness off in the ditch. A coyote came up, grabbed the dead owl, and set off into the field to eat it... A roadrunner went "Meep, meep," and stuck out its tongue...
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The Curse of
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How I spent
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