So hey there, Russ, how was your Halloween weekend? What did you wind up being, anyway?
I went to a movie this weekend, which was so exciting for me that I started giggling uncontrollably during the previews and remained more or less rapt throughout the entire film. You know that scene from Sullivan’s Travels where the convicts are watching the Mickey Mouse cartoon and laughing their heads off? And it’s such a great scene, but then you’re like, whoa, wait, did grown-ups ever used to think Mickey Mouse was that funny? (Because, trust me, I’ve seen some of these recently with this guy and they are moderately amusing at best.) Anyway, I was like those convicts in the movie. I was like one of those moviegoers who supposedly ran screaming from the Lumiere Brothers’ train film. I could have watched anything on the big screen and been delighted, I think. OK, you’re right, maybe not anything.
So it turns out that it can be fun to leave the house and be in the actual, physical world with other human beings (other human beings besides Pajamas and Footie Pajamas, I mean). As your mom so aptly put it — and kudos to her for her stream of insight! — a lot of my gripes about humankind result from “not actually having left the house for Halloween in many years (don’t deny it!), and are based wholly on [my] readings of Us Weekly in grocery-store lines.” That is, if by “Halloween” you mean, “any reason except for class or to pick up FP,” and by “Us Weekly in grocery-store lines” you mean, “Jezebel in your studio while eating a solitary apple-and-peanut-butter lunch.” So yes, Russ’s Mom, your point is well taken. I welcome your perspective from the outside.
So that’s what I learned this weekend. What did you learn, Russ?