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I resolve…

December 29, 2008

Here are a few things I will work on in 2009.

I resolve to stop reading Heroes fanfiction on the web and actually watch Heroes.

I resolve to finally learn what the term “post modern” means.

I resolve to try to understand that a restraining order means that despite your best intentions, maybe she’s not that into you..

I resolve to stop sitting on my ass in a bar drinking. From now on, I’ll bring a book.

I resolve to accept the sad fact that Scarlett Johannson will continue to work in movies despite having no discernable talent whatsoever. A blank stare is not acting!

I resolve to stop giving a fake zip code to the cashier at Radio Shack.

I resolve to learn my zip code.

I resolve to clean out the barn so we kids can put on the best darn show this town has ever seen!

I resolve to stop referring to churches as “God’s crash pad.”

And finally, I resolve to be closer to my Mother and Father, Mr. and Mrs. Levier.

Happy New Year.

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A J. Crew Christmas

December 23, 2008

Without a doubt my favorite time of year, and I’m sure you will all agree, is Christmas.

Oh how I look forward to buttoning up my Sutherland Camel-hair Topcoat and hopping into my Saab 9000 with my brother Chad and my sister Chandler for our annual pilgrimage to Connecticut to spend the holiday with our beloved father and his new wife Sandi (with a i).

Oh how I look forward to sitting in front of a roaring fire, my feet warm as toast in my Lace-up Shearling Mocs, with Father and Sandy (San, for short) discussing what College she’ll be attending in the Fall after she graduates High School.

And those chilly mornings in my Union Sleep Suit, helping Chandler prepare her famous Eggs Benedict with chocolate chip croissants. “Don’t use too many chocolate chips,” she chides, padding across the floor in her Striped Ballet Slippers. Oh, that Chandler, I sigh to myself, marveling at how well she’s doing now that she’s back on Lithium.

Then it’s off into the forest with dear brother Chad to find the perfect Christmas tree. Our Goosedown Puffer Jackets and Straight-Fit 5 Pocket Vintage Cords keep the chilly winds at bay as we trudge back to the house with our evergreen prize, discussing with Chad how those years in prison have strengthened his character.

As we gather in the living room in our French-Terry Fleece Henleys to decorate the tree, sipping mold wine while Father’s housekeeper Juanita prepares our Christmas eve dinner, we can’t help but think this is the way Christmas should always be.

The fire crackles away as we take turns talking to mother on the phone, who loved the Cashmere-silk Shimmer Cardigan we sent, and making plans for the new year when she returns from her “rest” in Palm Springs.

God Bless us, everyone.

In Defense Of The Child Catcher

August 31, 2008

In the 1968 fantasy “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” Dick Van Dyke is Carraticus Potts, a singing inventor who builds a magical car, which aside from making whimsical engine noises, can zip across water and sprout wings and fly. For reasons pertaining to the plot, Dick and company fly in the magic car to the land of Vulgaria, where men wear lederhosen and they’re fine with that.
“Call out the Child Catcher!” Baroness Bomburst, wife of Vulgaria’s rotund ruler Baron Bomburst cries when she learns that the magic car is carrying Pott’s precocious offspring, Jeremy and Jemima. You see, children are forbidden by law in the land of Vulgaria, and it’s up to the Child Catcher to enforce this regulation.
When I was a child and watched this film, the Child Catcher character, a rather sinister looking fellow with his black undertakers coat and top hat, frightened me to no end. I remember being quite distressed when he captures Jeremy and Jemima, (Who do nothing in the entire movie but jump up and down and shriek things repeatedly in horrifying cockney accents) roaring away with them in his evil wagon, which is essentially a giant cage with wheels being pulled by two jet black steeds.

Now that I am an adult, I whole-heartedly applaud the Child Catcher’s efforts, and wish his services were available today.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love children. I’m the proud Uncle of a nephew and two nieces, who are a joy to be around.

It’s those other children I have a problem with.

You know those other children I’m talking about. The whiners, the screamers, the back of the seat kickers. The crumb leavers and germ spreaders. The wreckers of restaurants, the throwers of tantrums in the middle of a wedding. How could you not notice them? They shatter the quiet with their stubborn refusal to use their indoor voice. They fidget, bicker, dawdle, annoy, irritate, infuriate and exacerbate.

Again, let me make it clear that I love children.

Of course I am without a doubt considered a disgruntled minority in this family friendly country of ours. I’m sure there were a few citizens in the town of Vulgaria who loved Baron Bomburst’s no kiddies law; who sat beaming in the tavern enjoying their bratwurst without having to listen to some screaming child two stools over knock over yet another stein of whatever children drank in a fictional 1900’s Bavarianesque village. But were these folks heard from in the film? No. Just the mopey child lovers were seen shuffling long faced through the town square.
One of the perks of living in the fair city of New York is that if you really want to, you can completely avoid any and all contact with children. Sure, you will encounter a stray herd of them in your travels; tourist destinations like Times Square and Central Park are crawling with kids, and you’re really need to remove your head from your posterior if you expect a complete absence of the wee ones on your occasional visits to Toys R Us.
But the beauty of this city is that for the most part, adults who have trouble holding court with the toddlers have so many places to go to get away from the whirling din of confusion and annoyance that is a family of five trying to order a meal in front of you at McDonalds. I point to of course the hundreds of bars, lounges and watering holes in Gotham that gloriously uphold one of the most beloved laws of the dwindling childless masses – “No One Under 21 Admitted.” Like the rag tag group of Texas pioneers who barricaded themselves behind the walls of the Alamo, we hold our ground against the overwhelming masses urging us to join them in their family ways.

But for how long can we hold them off?

The powerful family friendly lobby in this country, which for a while now has been helping various communities across the U.S. to stage “families only” nights at restaurants and shopping centers, may some day decide that parents should be allowed to have a “Family Night” at your local bar.

My mind shudders at the very thought.

I can see it now; strollers parked out front, forcing the smokers even further into the street. The big screen televisions blasting “Spongebob Squarepants” instead of Sportcenter. Diaper bags stacked up in front of the Big Buck Hunter Pro game. The bar littered with sippy cups and soggy handfuls of cheerios. The “Elmo’s World Soundtrack” playing on the jukebox.

Never a Child Catcher around when you need one.