Monday, March 27, 2006

Request

I am walking. It is cold. I lean into the wind, walking and walking and walking. I am trying to walk out of the current Erin, with whom I am disgusted, and into some new Erin.

I am a weird little figure, wrapped in layers and scarves. I wear large sunglasses and big nerdy headphones that cushion my ears from the considerable ambiant noise. There is not enough time and miles in the universe to reveal the impossibile new Erin. She eludes me. This frustrating reality spills over me. I talk to myself and gesture cartoonishly at no one like an oblivious mental patient.

A full-size white Oldsmobile, circa 1987 pulls up to the light of the intersection I am approaching. The driver's side window opens. The driver, a man, somewhere between 65 and 75-years-old and not unlike the Ron Mueck sculpture shown just below this post, opens his window to the 25 degrees and wind. He puts his forearem out and pumps it vigorously while yelling at me, "Shake it baby! Shake it!"

I stop. I turn to face him. My eyes shift left and right. "Shake it, baby," he repeats.

I salute him.

He turns left and drives into his future.

I walk. I shake it.

16 comments:

babyjewels said...

you are a total free-spirit. give me lessons.

The Velvet Fog said...

Keep shaking it, that other Erin is there!

PDD said...

So Denny finally got out of Texas for a bit...

Denny Shane said...

Hey PDD... I read that comment. I am NOT in the 65-75 year old brackett yet! I can shake it with the best of them and sometimes I don't even have to try! So there! :P

lol

NADINA said...

THAT WAS A GOOD READ.....

Grant Bailie said...

Yes, I would like to apologize for that. I mistook you for a local graffiti artist who sometimes has trouble with his paint cans. I was merely offering some helpful advice.

And for the record, I saluted you back.

PDD said...

Ha! Grant you're funny!

Okay, I believe you now Denny. It was Grant all along.

Toby said...

A friend of mine's dad yells "hubba hubba ding ding, baby you got everything."

nadina said...

I was trying to link my link and manOman if the bloody thing will not work.If you do hit link and it doesn't go to my page then just try 18719 or nadina or just fuck it and take a nap ....

zanytwo said...

All wrapped up and he still knows you have something to shake!! I'm envious...good for you!! I felt sadness when I read that. I would normally think it would have made you purr....

nicole said...

We all can only aspire, Erin! :)

FYI (don't know if I mentioned this) my blog url has changed. It is now: http://nicolemart.badtofu.com.

jungle jane said...

well it looks like the old Erin got a thumbs up!

Bob Barker said...

Dear Erin,

I am flattered by your belief that I fall into the 65-75 year age range. I am actually 82, and I can still get it up WITHOUT VIAGRA. Because, you see, you're my viagra.

Sincerely,

Bob Barker

Erin O'Brien said...

babyjewels, I would be delighted, but have unfortunately forgotten most of what I know (I think)

VF: ... shaking ....

PDD and Denny: play nice.

NADINA: purr.

bailie: no matter how you beg me, I AM NOT painting your kitchen ceiling in the nude again. No.

PDD: don't let bailie trick you, he's tricky!

Toby, er, send him along right away, then, darling.

nadina: a nap sounds good

zany: I would have purred, but this guy seemed to command the salute.

nicole: get the eff over here and let's you and I have a cup of coffee and sort this shit out.

I crumble before the altar of Jane.

My life will not be complete until I, while donning only a tee shirt with an image of Janice Pennington upon it, stand before Bob Barker, then drop to my knees to fellate him.

kellywalters said...

Meow

Janice Pennington said...

Dear Erin,

Ohhhhhh....let me tell you girl. Bob's got it GOING ON!

Sincerely,

Janice Pennington