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The Showcase of Depravity

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"Comedy's a dead art form. Now tragedy, that's funny." The Showcase of Depravity showcases... depravity. Wisdom and humor from the perspective of a few disgruntled (& sexy) video store professionals.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Old men are so hip sometimes

As some of you local readers might know, and that is to assume we have readers outside of Fairfield, we recently hired area loser and winner of second place in Media Wave's "Best Hair" Beauty Pageant, a fresh young go-getter named Adam (pictured to the right, only his hair is much much bigger now). Like his idol, me, he has a large white man's afro and a beard. I'll be the first to say that in this case and this case only, his is bigger than mine. I have a bigger beard and a bigger... dong. The point is, many of the customers have found it funny, and reasonably so, that 1 local video store employs 2 white guys with big fluffy afros. It doesn't happen every day, at least not in the suburbs.
But then again, Adam isn't white, he's jewish. So.. there's that.

So when we are working together it compells many, many people to ask intelligent questions and make extrodinarily funny and original comments about whether we are related or just why in hell there are 2 guys with big afros behind the counter.
I have experienced this kind of cleverness from people in the past because I live every day of my life with a twin who, like Adam, aspires to be like me in every way. So I'm used to the bullshit from people, though that never makes it any less annoying.

Here is the #1 customer comment regarding Adam's hair (this week):

Past-Middle-Aged Old Hip Guy: "Dude! Righteous lid!"
Adam stands there with normal "where am i?" look on his face,
and the hip guy continues: "It's gamin!"

As soon as he leaves, Adam says "Did you hear that!?! WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?"
We figure "lid" refers to the top of ones head, but no where in my extensive experience with slang terms from the 1940s-1990s have I heard anyone use the word like that. Maybe we're just too young, or maybe that guy is a fucking crazy loon.

We still don't know what "gamin'" means. We may have heard it wrong, we're not sure. The only thing I can think of is an old Parliament song called "Gamin' On Ya!" which, besides being funky as a motha, still makes no sense to me. But it is from the 70's, where I assume this gentlemen has spent most of his life, from however old he was in the 70's all the way until now because he still uses words like "lid" and "gamin" to try and sound cool to young "dudes".

Well, far out.
Shine on, you crazy diamond



  • At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lid :A way of describing a man's toupee or really bad haircut.

    Gamin: Comes from the small town of redlands; it is used when you say somthing you don't really mean, but you still want everyone to hear it.


  • At 2:52 AM, Anonymous Jordan said…

    well for one thing I looked up Gamin on the urban dictionary and those definitions do not suffice. that doesnt apply at all, it's not even used in the same way at is was in the store. Adam's hair isn't saying something it doesn't really mean but still wants everyone to hear it.

    and as for lid, well the guy wasn't being a prick he was just a nutty old guy who thinks he's cool (and maybe he is), he wasn't insulting his hair and using lid as if to say 'really bad haircut'
    somehow the words "righteous" and "really bad haircut" don't go together, wouldn't you say, anonymous?

    So the real meanings go undefined still

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger 4head said…

    like the X-files...

  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger BloomingtonGirl said…

    Laugh out loud funny.


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