Report from the Mall: Christmas 2004

A lot of people (who shall remain nameless) think God is a stick in the mud for creating the universe and not taking responsibility for it.  They say trite stupid shit like, “I can’t believe in God, because how can I believe in an all-powerful being that could make such a messed up world.”

101 philosophy may wow her over wine, but I’m not her, nor would I employ that method of attack to get in her pants.  Instead I’d tell her, “God is a stoned teenager, who steals his parent’s car so he can hotrod around town all the while never knowing the true root of his delinquency.  He’s the greatest artist of all time, full of self loathing and directionless angst.  I heard he was the 4th member of Nirvana.  Now show me your breasts – I love you.”

It is like last night, when I was in the mall Christmas shopping.  At some non-specific point I wound up in Footlocker staring into the void of a black pair of Timbos when from out of the in store speakers a pop-punk song burbled out yearning for a new-Aquarian-age of 1985 ushered in by Madonna and Springsteen.  I’m not sure how Madonna and Springsteen were to bring about this new age, but I suspect by none other than winged chariot. As a member of Church of Springsteen (and not God’s stoner church) I would have cheered such a chariot, even if it was dragging Madonna like Judah Ben Hur behind it.  I guess that means that my old age has allowed me the objectivity to appreciate Madonna on an academic level.  My old age however prevented me from enjoying the song, which reeked of so much corporate slime, that perhaps the only person who was truly po-mo enough to fathom its reflexive emo-lyrics was the anesthetized suit who dreamed it up and was accordingly rolling his sweating naked ass in the stink of the millions it reaped.  As of now, I haven’t the faintest who the song was by; nor do I feel compelled to play Private Dick Google and figure out who it was.  I will forever let this remain out my realm, and in God’s punk postered room.

For I remember when I was a teenager in the 90’s.  Then we all dreamed of living in the 70’s rather than the 80’s.  NY and the Beastie Boys had been the major prognosticators of this, leaving bumbling suburban nerds and honkeys to blindly spread the word of John Travolta and Dolomite.

Though I did pray daily I’d wake up to discover I was in fact a black man, on the Travolta front – I’d never even actually seen Saturday Night Fever.

I still haven’t.

Either way, I never spread the word that far of life in the ivory tower of the 70s, always discovering that at ages 16 through 18 girls still went for quarterbacks.  This of course left me to spend my girl-less evenings dreaming up mutton chops on my face so large that I could see the grease dripping off them in the reflected clouds of my silver aviator glasses.

My aviator glasses now sit up somewhere in my room along with my distant dreams of the 70s; but I do now own Olivia Newton John records.  Ironically however, her country ones are my favorites.  There is a similar irony in it now being 1985, even though the date of this post will say otherwise.

For a related set of reasons, I decided there was no point in staying at the mall any longer and having this all rammed down my throat.  When I did, I passed a group of young soldiers.  They didn’t look like the soldiers that I’d seen before.  None of them were lean or cut.  Rather it was as if they’d fallen off a random page from a high school yearbook and into desert fatigues that didn’t quite fit right; but they looked happy, as people in the background invariably always do, taking one another’s pictures and falling on and off children’s’ choo-choo train rides.  Soon they’d be in Iraq, fighting in some war that was hard to understand, dying and having their lives torn to shreds.

When they were behind me I could still hear the soldiers still laughing, so I shifted my attention to two girls on a bench.  I leered at the more attractive of the girls who smiled warningly back.

One thought on “Report from the Mall: Christmas 2004

  1. they looked happy, as people in the background invariably always do

    They were actually in the background because they were happy. Had they been upset or in some other state than happy or at least ok, then they would have been in the foreground.

    Our attention focuses mostly on the thing going wrong because that’s the thing we need to take care of. The stuff that looks ok we can just let slide.

    Like my Salada tea bag label said: Look for the trouble while things are still going well.

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