Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This Week’s Dose of Dangle

This week’s cartoon set off the pedantic bell for me. It’s a little too explanatory. It’s too wonky. It’s too much of a bland recitation of the facts. Ah, but what can you do? I’ll probably look at it in two weeks and think it was the best cartoon I’ve ever done.

I bought myself a giant whiteboard this week so that I can film more RSA animate knock offs. Now the goddamn thing has taken over my studio and I don’t have a place to store it. Oscar will have fun scribbling on it, and that’s important. I’ve temporarily run out of work and I’m waiting to hear from one client whether we’re going forward with a rather big project. When I have down time I am trying to write my novel, tentatively titled, Unpalleteable. It’s either a novel or creative non-fiction, not sure which. Lately all I’ve been writing is crap.

In homeowner news, our tankless water heater has been performing poorly so I did some research and found a guy in Oakland, Eric at Cal Plumbing, who is supposed to be the expert. He told me over the phone that I could easily fix the problem by cleaning the filter. Do I have to open it up? I asked. He said, no, the filter is on the side of the unit at the base of where the cold water goes in. I would have to turn off the water source first. So last night as Hae was putting Oscar to bed I decided it was time to fix the water heater. I turned off the water and removed the plug where the filter was supposed to be. Only water came blasting out anyway! The plug went flying out of my hand from the pressure and in no time I was standing in a huge puddle and water was going everywhere. I found a bucket and put it under the pipe that was spouting like a fountain but in less than a minute it was full. I screamed to Hae that I needed help. I ran outside to the main water cutoff and shut it down. The water coming out of the pipe reduced to a trickle and finally stopped. We gathered up every towel in the house and spread them out. Then we searched for something that resembled a filter but there wasn’t one, just a little metal plug which we reinserted. Problem not solved!

The bamboo clump in my back yard is a thing of the past. I chopped away at the root ball that was four feet across to begin with until it was only about two feet across, then the whole thing came up in one chunk. I was proud of myself but I ruined a pair of shoes.

The kids in the cub scouts are going to sleep overnight in a submarine and then for some reason there’s no school Thursday. Oh, right, Veteran’s day. That’s the reason. I decided not to go because I have sleep apnea and my snoring would echo through the chamber––sounding like the ghost of one of the seamen who served in there––and it would frighten the children. Plus, I just have no desire to sleep in a submarine. It’s not for me. Sorry, son.

Hey, a guy I went to high school with named Tim posted this tea party rant on my Facebook wall this week in response to my post about the half-white half-black Obama picture. (I get lots of stuff like this).

Just a thought, and I am a TEA Party Activist, if he does have two sides, they are both to the left of JFK. Martin Luther King Jr only defined "racism" as denying a race's right to exist. (Reference 'Community or Chaos')

Obama has redefined "racism" as disagreeing with his politics. 

We TEA Partiers (and I am speaking f...or me and Allen West) don't hate Obama because he is black, half-black, or a Democrat. We do hate Marxism which promotes class warfare and killed 100,000,000 people in the 20th Century!

We also believe that when a President labels the majority of American citizens as the "enemy" in front of a largely non-citizen crowd, that he is (somehow) acting in an "in-American" manner.

But, hey, that's just me clinging to my guns and religion.

It’s so funny to me that a guy like Tim lives in a world where President Obama is a terrifying Muslim-Marxist bogeyman and I live in one where he’s a milquetoast accommodating politician who’d do just about anything to be liked by Republicans. Of course I’m the one who’s right and Tim is just a self-pitying, paranoid geek. Granted it would be terrifying to be a Muslim walking through an airport and suddenly be arrested and hauled off to Egypt for torture. They’re still doing that, just like in the Bush administration. If my house was in predator drone fly-over country I’d be scared too. But I don’t think that’s what Tim is worried about.

There’s nothing that upsets a tea partier more than being called racist––it really hurts their feelings––they want us to know that they are 100% color blind and as post-racial as possible. (I don’t think Obama ever defined anybody as racist, but that’s one of Tim’s “facts” so it’s not surprising). They can’t see how demonizing, diminishing, and casting the black guy in office as a someone very different, someone “other” than “us” could be construed as racist.

A guy called me a racist once because I made fun of Bill Clinton. According to that guy, Clinton was the first black president. Another time a Republican accused me of making a drawing of Condoleeza Rice that was racist. I love Republicans when they get all politically correct.

There's an Amazon ad on my blog where they're selling my book for 76 cents. Just great.

Movies this week:
I watched part of Mutiny on the Bounty, the one with Brando. I love both versions of that movie. Mad Men, Mad Men, and more Mad Men, season 3. I keep telling Hae to order something else from Netflix. I’m sick of watching those guys smoke and suck down booze.


Blogger Cindy Morefield said...

Hey, I'm liking these "dose of Dangle" posts. Nice to get to know you a bit beyond the Monday morning deadline. Way to go!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Larsen E. Whipsnade said...

You need to check out the Clark Gable "Mutiny on the Bounty." There's never been a better Bligh than Charles Laughton.

Of course all the films are ludicrously idealized. There was a terrific book a couple of years ago, "The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty" by Caroline Alexander, that's a must-read. I think they pressed about a trillion of them, because you can pick one up for like ten cents at every bookstore in town.

2:49 PM  
Blogger PooBahSpiel said...

Right down to the movie reviews. Awesome.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Why were the Cub Scouts sleeping on a submarine? That's just crazy. Where are they sleeping next, a coal mine?

8:53 AM  
Blogger Lloyd Dangle said...

Mark -- I told you I stole from you!

2:31 PM  

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