Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

I Have No Gums, And I Must Scream

I just got off the phone with my wife. We talked a lot about the shit I didn’t do today, but this time she sounded good-natured about it.  She even said I could take the last Ativan.

Anyone who NEEDS Ativan in order not to run a giant hole into your wall with not just your fist, but your whole body, like in that fucking Ah-Ha video (horrible band that should die and thankfully has not been heard from for years, but I did hear a rumor that classically trained musicians are teaching it as basic theory which means the world will have no more music in the next two decades if we don’t watch ourselves) where the guy is trying to get out of a comic book by slamming himself against the panels, but you didn’t do that, you just made a big inexplicable hole in your wall- knows that this is a sign that the person living with you likes you.

I hope that made sense. Someone should jump me posthaste if that was a grammatical massacre. You’d better know your P from your Q if you fuck with me, though.

Anyway, the last thing I asked her was if I could have a beer. She says yes.

Yes! Beer. Miller High Life, but beer. Some things are too important to bother with as far as quality goes and you just need the beer.

Did I get my beer? Oh, yes I did. But for some reason, I felt the need to expiate the neglect of my teeth before I did that.

I smoke. I smoke a lot. I will smoke your shoelaces if it makes me feel better. What’s fucking hilarious about this is that the last physician I saw had said I had a clean bill of health and that my lungs sounded fine.

I think I thought at the time: I cannot be killed. Neat. Why this thought comforts me after smoking for 25 years in an effort to die, is a question for…well, some goddamn person in the health field. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that this is listed under bipolar disorder. It is probably under schizophrenia and dementia, but here I am talking to you all from a keyboard. Now if I were schizophrenic, I would tell you my keyboard is talking to me. If I were demented, I would tell you I was peeling a grapefruit. Thankfully, I know what I am doing. Actually, what I am doing is letting my beer get warm and this beer is shit, so I better hurry up and say something meaningful before-

OK, the beer is down. Whew.

What brought me to the bottom of this beer? Do I even know anymore? As Hunter Thompson once asked, have I degenerated to the level of a dumb beast, no longer able to communicate? I will do what Dr. Gonzo would tell me to do, because I am not going to fuck with a Samoan with a gun the size of a dumbbell with butter all over him. I will have another beer. Thank goodness he is a fictional character. I am very sad that Oscar Acosta is no longer with us. Hunter already told that story, but you didn’t read it, did you? He’s fucking dead and I hate you.

So, my gums are holding some stain from these years of tobacco. I look at them every day, and they are dirty little 38 year-old tombstones wondering when I am going to clean them off. I have an immense respect for the dead, so I study them daily.

There was this one time in the Army where I got lost in my face, and it was embarrassing as hell even though I won Soldier Of The Cycle for my utter nerdiness. I fucking squeezed about 15 blackheads out of my face, and went out to train some more. What do I hear? Laughter. Derision. Because I wanted my face to be cleaner.

How strange these things are to me today.

Nine years later, I was thrown out of the Army for having listened to a desk-bound ex-Sergeant Major tell me he had a dead son from the Afghani war. That was the end of my career, because I had a natural reaction.

I cried. A lot. I went all Harvey Keitel, naked after chasing the dragon (that movie, for whatever reason, is very hard to get from your usual video purveyors. I do not understand why. Instead, you get Nicolas Cage, who is no substitute for Mr. Keitel in any universe I am currently aware of.  I guess jerking off in front of a car full of teenagers is out of fashion).

Anyone who has been in the Army knows this is a breach of protocol. Crying, that is. No one has told the Army since its inception in the late 18th century that crying is a natural reaction to seeing death. I can’t explain this, and I will not. Shit, Stephen Crane wasn’t even there and he got the story straight.

I have become a dumb beast again.

Excuse me.

None of this has anything to do with why I just brushed my teeth so fucking hard that I almost cried again.

Your toothbrush, to put it mildly, is not your friend. Yet every time a dentist hands it to you before you leave his office, you say “Thanks for the free shit!” and you head home.

Your dentist is fully aware that you are an asshole and will not use the implement correctly. That is why he gives you one every time he sees you, in the hopes that you will figure it out before your fucking mouth looks like one of his posters. He doesn’t put that shit up because he likes it. I may have just lied, because I do not know any dentists anymore, thanks to shitty after-care from giving nine years of blood to an organization that chews up men like a wood chipper that has decided you are not its owner and begins to run around your work space, looking for trees to chew up by itself because it is not satisfied with the twigs your underpaid ass feeds it.

So, you basically say, I have to do this shit myself. I’m supposed to be relaxing, but am going to fuck up my mouth instead. I am insane. I do not care.

I began with regular toothpaste. This shit doesn’t work unless you are already handsome. You are secretly gay, and I don’t mind.

I have more sinister plans for my teeth. I begin brushing with Listerine, thinking the alcohol will kill all the germs and that will be the end of that. That probably works. But:

These fucking teeth are still brown at the edges. These fucking face-dwelling shitfucks remain brown after all we have been through. I would like to pull them out and wash them instead of the dishes.

Never yell at your teeth. All they will do is sit there.  Try it in a mirror.

Time to bust out the heavy guns. No wait…time to make like Marathon Man’s captor.

I begin pushing the little bristles of my toothbrush between them. Talk about ouch! Yeeeee-ouch!!!!!

What the fuck am I doing to myself? Last time I checked, some asshole was telling me to move it in a circular motion, and then the teeth get clean. I am supposed to relax and have a beer, but god-damn it all, me and my teeth will have an OK Corral showdown even if I lose the draw before I sit my stupid ass down and relax.

The teeth don’t give a fuck. Fucking teeth. I did NOT invite these fuckers in my head. Last I remember, I fucking cried when they showed up.

It’s time for Arm and Hammer to get busy. That, hydrogen peroxide, the brush between my teeth, my gums telling me they would like to rent space in someone else’s mouth, the whole thing. If I die during this rinse, I am taking you motherfuckers with me. Normally, that is how death works, I think. The teeth finally leave, I don’t know what they do and I do not care.

I am finally “brushing my teeth”. But why? All I want is a beer. The pain was unendurable.  The bloody but stubborn gums were fucking pissed about being sent into the breach like this, but I am obsessed. I push the brush between my teeth like I am setting screws into a wall. Holy fuck, this is awful. I spit. I drool. I get misty. I look at my face. I am unshaven, without a shower, doing battle with my own survival mechanisms. What the fuck world did my mother bring me into that a bunch of enamel would give me a guilt complex as I near forty?

She’d better come up with an answer soon. Because I am halfway to dead, and no one is around to give me any advice about how to drink a beverage before I spend a half an hour still being that guy in the service who just wanted his face to be cleaner.

The Universe Is Folding Up On Itself, And I Am Wearing Fuzzy Tiger Socks

They’re warm, shut up. A little short, I don’t know how you fucking girls tolerate a sock that feels like it’s going to fall off of your heel while you are sitting.

I need another cup of coffee. You’ll thank me in a minute.

Thank you, wife, thank you Black and Decker, thank you Eight O’ Clock Coffee. You make the God-Damned-Idiot man-child possible.

OK. I see that the flags are at half-mast for the shot congresswoman. That is very nice.  Then I get wind from my wife that Dick Winters died, apparently last week. They buried him quietly three days ago. You remember Dick, right? That guy on that DVD series you watched. What was the name of it again?

Three days ago, a human garter snake named Jared whipped out a gun and started shooting innocent people, one of which was the aforementioned congressman.

I’m trying to process this in my head as I sit here and sip.

OK:  so we drop to half-mast for a brave congresswoman who will likely forgive her shooter, and we completely forget to even touch the strings nationally for a guy that blew through occupied France for no good reason other than he was supposed to liberate it from the Nazis.

Oxygen in my brain is temporarily suspended, and I realize it is my medication talking, not the fact that the White House can join a media circus not worth the ticket and forget Dick Winters.  Sip.

It appears that the media is so bored with itself that it is determined to make Arizona Jared into Orange Juice Simpson without checking in on its own disgusting, febrile conscience. It also appears that the gun control lobby is missing occupants in Arizona. That’s not their fault, I’d forget Arizona too, it seems that place is a lost cause. They shoot Democrats, I don’t want to know what those yahoos would do with a group of people who wished that people would politely wait a day while they check to see if you are a maniac.

One of the biggest problems we have in our country besides gun-suckers is that the Fourth Estate has shot its own self in the head, by focusing on a geek instead of a hero. While free speech masturbates, militias fill the vacuum. Shouldn’t this be common logic? Tom Fucking Delay finally goes to jail, a hero dies, but no, a courtroom circus ensues. At least The Huffington Post has noticed, so I see. I’m not so sure about the rest of the paper, but the front page is correct: why in the hell are we worried about who gets to hear Arizona Jared speak sanely despite the advice of counsel, and will most likely get off with five years in prison and a lot of parole? Heaven forbid you should miss one bit of outrage while not once checking in the mirror to see if there is a little bit of Arizona Jared in you. Christ, even a reptilian shitbag like Fred Phelps can tell you what is wrong with this country, but you don’t even know that’s your creation either, so fuck it. Gay soldiers are trying to get back into the service, but noooo, we must find out why Jared does the things he does.

Jesus Christ. Fuck all of you. If Arizona Jared had any sense, he’d have fired randomly. That would have frightened the media instead of feeding it. I’m not saying at all he should have done any of what he did-he is a shitty person and it doesn’t take a damn media to figure it out.

Gang, a lot of us say that the Tea Party is good for our democracy. I must demur. These are the people who show up with sidearms at a presidential speech. It is, unfortunately legal to do so. But knowing this about them, why on earth would anyone support what they are doing? Oh, sure, they might ruin the GOP forever, but is that really worth not investigating every one of these creeps before they can strap on a Glock with a spring-loaded holster and go see the president acting like Travis Bickle with a gut?

Already, as I scan the news in my periphery-shooting this, shot him, shot who, or if you are Sarah Palin, Shoot The Socialist.

There is a major gun problem in this country. I guess you have already figured that much out.

What you haven’t figured out is why.

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