Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Can't Complain, But Sometimes I Still Do

For a guy who talks for a living, I sure struggle with small talk. Although I'm aware of it and I'm getting better at it, talking about the weather is still difficult for me.

Take this morning as an example, as I dropped my son off at his day-care:

Me [to the day care lady]: "Hey, how are ya?"

Her: "Hi. Not bad, I can't complain."

Me: " Sorta like Joe Walsh."

Her [confused look]: "I'm sorry?"

Me: "You know, like Joe Walsh. From the Eagles. Well, this was after the Eagles. And after Barnstorm. And, of course, a long time after the James Gang."

Her: "I'm not sure what you mean..."

Me: "Yeah, you know: [half-singing] 'I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.' He was making fun of himself, saying he is living the good life and shouldn't complain, but still does."

Her: "I think I've heard that song. Maybe."

Me [at this moment, recognizing the awkwardness]: "It's a fun song..."

And I turned an high-tailed it out as fast as possible.


Turn it up. Loud! Have a great Tuesday, and don't complain.


Hoyt said...

Now, see, I think that's what makes you a great conversationalist, Film Geek! So I say savor the awkwardness!

(By the way, when someone says "I can't complain," I tend to think of someone named Steve C. Long story.)

All Click said...

Awesome song. And I thought you only liked lyrically good songs :-p I prefer your conversation style. It's a little like a box of chocolates... you never know what your going to get.

The Film Geek said...

Thanks Hoyt and All Click!

By the way, AC, I like Joe a lot just for the way he swings the ax. But, he writes some great songs too. This one is a satire. Life Of Illusion is brilliant. But, Decades is my favorite of his songs. Anti-war, smart...great song. Here is a link to the lyrics: (if you hear the song, there is a slight tip of the hat to The Beatles during his talk of the 60s.)


Buzzardbilly said...

Without complaints I would have nuffink. Nuffink, I tell you.

I bitch; therefore, I am.

The Film Geek said...

I hear ya, BB. And I understand!:)