It’s Friday! Everybody dance!
I think I recognize the moose.
It’s Friday! Everybody dance!
I think I recognize the moose.
Things are looking kind of bad for my girl Christie, at least on a personal level. This is marriage number four, shot to hell in an instant. We’re starting to wonder what is going on with her and her relationships; it’s kind of hard to feel really bad when you get screwed over after you’ve been married four times.
I watched all the stories on Extra and Entertainment Tonight , and I decided that this would be a good time to track Christie down and offer her some career advice. In my opinion, this is a pivotal moment for her. This divorce story can put her in spotlight and set her up for a comeback in a BIG way, or it can go the way it’s going, and be another failed Christie marriage story. This is how our little talk went:
Me: Christie? Christie Brinkley?
Me: Boy, am I glad I finally caught up with you. You are a hard person to catch up with. How are you? Listen, we’ve got to get to work on putting your side out there to the public with this whole marriage mess.
C: Who is this?
Me: Shhhhhhhhhh……now listen, this is not going well at all. You’re starting to look like a real stooge here with this Mr. Brinkley and the other girl story. And you know that’s who he really is: Mr. Brinkley. We don’t care what his name is, the bottom line is, he’s just Christie’s husband. That’s what you have to remind people, because they are losing the focus of the story. The press is going to make you look like a fool, simply because you are not reminding them that it’s all about you. Remember how when this whole infidelity story broke; everyone wanted to do a story on the girl. The girl! Sure, she was a victim in all this, but let’s face it, she is nobody. Mr. Brinkley is nobody. Sure, in a lot of ways, you’re almost nobody, but compared to them you’re someone. And this is your opportunity to be someone again.
C: Excuse me!
Me: Stick with me for a minute. Let’s talk about this girl. This “other woman”… Who is she? Yeah, at this point, she’s younger and kind of prettier than you, but beauty is relative. And now, a second girl has come forward to talk about her fling with your husband, before he became Mr. Brinkley, and was just “that architect”. Don’t let these young girls ride your coattail to fame, woman! This is your time to shine! What about Christie? What about your eating disorder?
C: I don’t have an eating disorder…
Me: Okay. We won’t go there. What about an addiction? Jody Sweetin was a crystal meth addict. Poor little Stephanie from Full House, addicted to crystal meth. It’s shocking and sad. How about you overcome an addiction to crystal meth, or do you want a more expensive problem like cocaine? Yeah, that’s more the style of a model…You wanna overcome an addiction instead of an eating disorder? I mean, your family is already out there, supporting you in the media so you can’t say they abused you as a child-
C: Who the hell is this?
Me: Or, you could do the crazy-scary model thing. It’s working for Naomi right now. How about this: you show up at Mr. Brinkley’s office with a ball peen hammer and just start hitting everything in sight until the cops come? Just don’t hit anyone; that’s where Naomi keeps screwing up. Or, you could show up at the girl’s parents’ house in pajamas, and bang on the door screaming that you want to talk to the witch who destroyed your family. But I saved the best for last. This is really crazy, but give it some thought before you shoot it down-
I think something happened to her cell phone at that point, because we were suddenly cut off. When I tried to call back, I couldn’t get through. I’m hoping she broke the phone hitting her husband in the head.
There are three things I like about this video:
1. It’s a pleasant, peppy tune
2. The dancers that appear during the last verse
3. France Gall looks like she is wearing a cardboard bra
This is a pleasantly unusual version of the anti-war song, “If I Had a Hammer”. You can tell Rita is not talking about “love between my brothers and my sisters, all over this land.”
Actually, Italian pop star Rita Pavone is singing about smashing things that make her angry. Like the heads of lovers who only want to listen to soft music in the dark, and the telephone that her mom will be calling her back from.
Then she talks about love between everyone. But not after she takes care of some business.
Rita Pavone is actually an international star who is involved in Italian politics, and has done film and Shakespeare. Her musical career spans four decades. Check her out here.
Time to let a man come in and do the popcorn. Or something like it.
One thing for sure, if you lived around the way, you knew Nay-Nay. Everybody knew Nay-Nay. Maybe your Nay-Nay wasn’t my Nay-Nay, but if you didn’t know Nay-Nay, you surely knew of her. The nickname was short for homegirl’s real name; it could have been Renee or Nadine. Or it could have been Na’Disha, D’Naya, Naronda or some other quasi-French/African-American name that is created when parents open their mouths and start putting together a mix of vowels and consonants they think sound pretty. Nevertheless, chances are you know Nay-Nay.
But enough about the name, and who your Nay-Nay is. This is about me. This is about my Nay-Nay. My Nay-Nay was a pleasant child, good in school and at double-dutch. She was good-natured and fair-minded, in the way that if for some reason she had to fight you, she wouldn’t try to pull out your cornrows or scratch your face. She wasn’t trying to do no long-term damage; she was just about whipping your butt.
Nay-Nay was cool to hang out with in school and in the neighborhood, and it was fun to watch television at her house. The only thing that made me uncomfortable sometimes was Nay-Nay’s grandmother. To be honest, her grand mom was nice enough; she reminded me a lot of Nay-Nay, except that she was much bigger, fifty-five years older, and always wore a housecoat and slippers. And she talked kind of funny; I couldn’t always tell what she was saying. I think she was from Tennessee, or St. Louis or Southwest Philly. Sometimes she would come into the living room while we were watching The Banana Splits, shake her finger at Nay-Nay and say something like, “Chile, what I say ‘bout that face rag, and Tussy at the zinc! It don’t go there! Put it up, put it up!” And she talked really fast, so sometimes it would take me a while to decipher things. Sometimes, I would just wait to see what Nay-Nay would say or do in response, and then I’d have my answer.
The biggest misunderstanding was usually around food. I eventually figured out that the “bald ham sammich” was boiled ham with a slice of Velveeta on white bread, with man-eggs…sorry; mayonnaise. And if I wanted a sandwich to go, she’d wrap in “tin foll” for me. In the summer I learned that when I was offered a glass of juice I would actually get Kool-Aid, a beverage that tastes so unlike the flavor on the package, people would call it Red, instead of Cherry. And if I agreed to some Kool-Aid, I’d actually get Kool-Aid’s inbred, dim-witted, mutant offspring: the Hug. On a hot summer day, there is nothing like those few ounces of colored sugar water in the container with the tin foll top. They come in flavors like orange-plastic, red-nylon, and purple-polycarbonate.
Nay-Nay’s grandmother was a good cook, so even though we weren’t on the same page with the cold drinks, I wouldn’t turn down an offer of food. Man, there was bis-getty and meatballs, and sal-mon cakes, and sometimes scrimp salad. And it was all pretty good. One morning, after spending the night at Nay-Nay’s her grandma asked what we wanted for breakfast. I had to choose between cole seral, like Alpha Bits or scrampled eggs. This time I didn’t wait to see what Nay-Nay wanted; I knew what I was doing. A home cooked breakfast is better than cereal any day.
In a few minutes Nay-Nay’s grandmother called us away from Deputy Dawg to eat. Nay-Nay got herself some cereal and milk, and her granny came came up to the table with a skillet and put some crap on my plate that I had never seen in my life. I recognized the Bacos, but this dish was not the eggs I expected. It smelled funny and it looked like it had bones it in. I told Nay-Nay’s grandmother I had a stomachache, and excused myself.
When we were back in Nay-Nay’s room I asked her what kind of scrambled eggs they were. “Scrambled eggs?” Nay-Nay said with surprise. “My nana didn’t say she was making you scrambled eggs, can’t you hear? She asked you did you want scrampled eggs! Girl, you can’t hear. Nobody in this house eats scrampled eggs but my grandmother and King.” King was the family’s German Shepherd. It turns out that scrampled eggs is a breakfast concoction that Nay-Nay’s grandmother made up during the depression. It was whatever was left over from the week’s meals, whipped up with some eggs. I had collard greens, half a pigs foot and some macaroni and cheese. It could have been worse, I guess.
Anyway, Nay-Nay and I remained friends until she moved to another neighborhood the next summer. Later that fall her play cousin told me she ended up getting 10 stitches when she got into a fight in her new neighborhood over a Chinese jump rope. The other girl took advantage of her niceness, and stabbed her in the behind with an Astropop.