Friday, February 14, 2014

Brother, Can You Spare A Drachma?



It's me.  Your favorite 95% naked Greek God who looks like the Gerber Baby.

I just stopped by to say hello on Valentine's Day, which used to be my special day til I jumped ship and headed for greener pastures.  Or in my case, whiter snowier pastures.  And BTW ... 

Buddy, can you spare a drachma?  

Last time I saw you  I had taken over the Groundhog Day gig at Punxsutawney PA, but I'm sorry to say things didn't work out. Punxsutawney isn't exactly Rio de Janeiro when your best suit of clothes is a loincloth and your employer won't even spring for a North Face jacket!  Then again I had the unfortunate occurrence of being caught with my head up a few things other than my burrow hole.  

Well, after all I am Cupid, goddamnit!

Hitting the job market, my first thought was that I'd rather bench press Governor Christie than go back to working Valentine's Day, but there is a certain cache in being a Greek God that isn't matched by fry man at McDonald's.  So, I took a hint from some of the Jewish guys I'd hooked up with Jewish American princesses over the years, went into full begging mode, and called Zeus.

"Hi, Zeus!  Gee, I missed you, big guy!"

"Who's this?  Y'know, I am on the no call list."

"Zeus, it's me - Cupid!  Also known as Eros, the God of Erotic Love, Desire, Affection, and Grabbing Whatever's Available At 2:00 A.M."

"Cupid? I vaguely remember someone named Cupid who ran out on us last St. Valentine's Day!  I'm still getting angry e-mails from guys who didn't get any....What do you want?!"

"I want to come back, Big Guy.  Uh, you offering Obamacare now?"

"Why should I take you back?"

"Because I can do this job like none other. There ... THWACK ... I've just united another two in love!" 

"That wasn't another two, that was another one - Governor Christie!  Like that guy needs to love himself more?"

"But no one handles gay marriage like I do. Watch me .... THWACK ... I've just sealed the relationship between two very handsome young gay men!"

"Cupid, that was Achilles and Patroclus!  You just ruined an ages-old mystery that has sparked fascinating debate and scholarship for centuries!"

"Well, at least you've got closure on it, and ...."

"What are you going to do next?  Hook up Lady Gaga with former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan?"

"You know, Zeus, that's not a bad idea.  I've always felt she could use a little sophistication  ...."

"Enough, Cupid!  Besides we've already replaced you."

"With whom?"

"Barry Manilow.  

"Barry Manilow?!  He's a mortal!  With a bad facelift!"

"He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, Cupid." 

"Well, what am I supposed to do now, Zeus?"

"Try for a Jewish holiday.  I understand Shavuot may be open, even Jews don't know what is is.  And Cupid?"

"Yes, Zeus?"

"For interviews,  think about at least a North Face jacket.  You wanna be naked, get yourself a series on HBO!"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

6 comments:

Russell said...

An HBO series isn't a bad idea. This could be a great starring role for you, Perry.
I can just see you chasing after a young couple wearing a red North Face jacket (unzipped, of course), New Balance tennis shoes, and polka dotted Depends.

Carrie Rubin said...

If Zeus thinks Barry Manilow still "writes the songs that make the whole world sing," then Cupid's not the only one who needs replacing...

Perry Block said...

Pink Depends, Russell, only pink Depends!

Perry Block said...

Funny you should mention that, Carrie. It's long, I don't expect you to read it, but here it is anyway: "Radnor: Warrior Lass with Swords," only at Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute! http://bit.ly/1f2ogcW

janet said...

The major inaccuracy is that there is no Cupid!! :-)

I can hear the gasps from here.

janet

Perry Block said...

Boy, are you unromantic!