Held Up High
by Dan
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Pale Young Gentlemen - "Kettle Drum (I Left A Note)"

Where is it? Where is that damn thing? It must be here, amidst these thousand little drawers, I'll find it, give me a minute. Not here, nope, nor here. Not here. Oh my goodness, where is it? I don't mind saying I'm a bit embarrassed at this occurrence. I just cannot find it. Where is it? Here? Here? Hmm. I simply cannot express how sorry I am at how long this is taking. I think I might have gone and lost it. Is it in here? Oh no. Well, I think that I can't imagine many other places it could be. It's not like I always move these things around, it's all been the same for so long now, I don't think it grew legs and walked away, hardly. Is it in here? No. Here? Oh! Here it is! Yes, this is it! Oh, I really did think I had lost it, silly thing, I almost started sobbing right it front of you, I must be all red, I must. Yes, this is it. This is what I was talking about. This is what your grandfather looked like. In his uniform. Yes, this is how handsome he really was. Devilishly handsome, that's what my sister said. I never the saw the Devil for a day in him, but that's what people always said. I suppose his smile did have a bit of a curl to it, but I always thought it matched the curl in his hair. Yes, this is a good picture of him. His facebook profile picture doesn't do him justice. [buy]

Suicidal Birds - "Sensible Sinners"

Linda Evangelista, Laura Linney, Ben Mulroney, David Carradine, David Clayton Thomas, Joseph McCarthy, Michael J. Fox, French Stewart, Lord Byron, Mark Harmon, Leonard Cohen, Holly Hunter, Lauren Holly, Greg Kinnear, Tim Meadows, Nick Cassavetes, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paddy Chayevsky, Nora Dunn, Benny Hill, Trevor Matthews, Tex Avery, Brittany Murphy, Frank Lloyd Wright, Helen Mirren, OJ Simpson, Lance Bangs, Ted Knight, Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Bratt, Peter O'Toole, Glen Danzig, Henry Fonda, Roy Scheider, Matt Stairs, Hercules, Madonna, Beck, Rick Springfield, Bootsy Collins, Rhianna, Gord Downie, Victor Hugo, Les Blank, Telly Savalas...complete the series. Come the clouds like soldiers, the future is loaded and cocked and ready as ever. It's not the rain I'm afraid of, it's all the people who aren't ready for it. [buy]


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Posted by Dan at October 21, 2008 1:33 AM

Dan, your writing has gotten to be just incredible. I look for your posts every time I sign on, and this is a great one.

Thanks for being rad.

Posted by Altman at October 21, 2008 11:00 AM

Pale Young Gentlemen! Great choice.

Posted by Kyle at October 21, 2008 12:02 PM

I like you, Altman. You too, Kyle. Everyone should feel free to complete the series, though. 19 birthday candles mailed to you if you get the right answer.

Posted by Dan at October 21, 2008 1:37 PM

i don't think i really understand, though i am intrigued, so i will say:

Dorothy Lamour, Kurt Cobain, Jacques Cousteau...

just for kicks!

Posted by matthew at October 21, 2008 2:56 PM

...Evangeline Lily, Tim Burton, Richard Karn, Percy Pringle...

Posted by Roger at October 21, 2008 4:26 PM

No idea! But...

... Lavinia Fontana, Parminder Nagra, Samuel Beckett, Jacques Brel, Lenny Bruce, Anton Newcombe, Chan-wook Park, Leon Trotsky, Christopher Reeves, Charles Perry, Peter Green, Shannon Sossamon???????????

Posted by Dean at October 22, 2008 6:49 AM

...Kublai Khan, Leona Helmsley, John Hughes, Patrick Duffy, Walter Benjamin, Moses Znaimer...

Posted by iozs at October 22, 2008 1:41 PM

the answer is: Kurt Cobain, Percy Pringle, Chan-wook Park, Moses Znaimer...(and then of course George C. Scott, Hugh Downs, Lyle Lovett, Belinda Stronach...and so on and on)

So you were all kind of right

Posted by Dan at October 23, 2008 2:21 AM

Ohhh Dan, if you dont get high, then I am a monkey's niece.

Posted by Deirdre at November 4, 2008 9:46 PM

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