Wednesday, April 27, 2005

“I can envision a day when the brains of brilliant men can be kept alive in the bodies of dumb people.”

The Movie: The Man with Two Brains, 1983 (George Gipe, Steve Martin, and Carl Reiner, screenwriters; Carl Reiner, dir.)
Who says it: Steve Martin as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, the inventor of Screw Top, Zip Lock Brain Surgery
The context: Dr. Hfuhruhurr describes his latest advance at a medical conference.
How to use it: Hey, a girl can dream.

Anna stopped by this morning on her way out of town (again) to a couple of conferences, including one for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. That one sounds like a good opportunity for free samples, but she says otherwise. (Then again, if she admitted it, they'd have serious crowd control problems.)

Dizzy greets all visitors by ripping the stuffing out of his toys. He doesn't do this when he's home alone, and he doesn't do it when he's alone with me. Only when we have company does he insist on chewing the squeakers out of his latest best friend. I can't figure out whether this is showing off, an invitation to play, or some more ominous warning about what's likely to happen to anyone who gives him trouble. In any case, the result is wads of white fluff all over my living room floor, and usually one less toy in Dizzy's menagerie.

My cousin Moira's dog, Darby, does the same thing with his toys, but insists on keeping the shredded remnants, which he stores in his dog bed. His bed is full of the pelts of stuffed animals, like some serial killer's trophies.

I once said to my friend Carla that I thought Dizzy lived a rich fantasy life, and she said, "Someone does..."

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