Tuesday, April 19, 2005

“I haven’t even begun to let my imagination loose on this one.”

The Movie: Cutter’s Way, 1981 (Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, screenwriter, from the novel by Newton Thornburg; Ivan Passer, dir.)
Who says it: John Heard as maimed veteran Alex Cutter
The context: Cutter becomes obsessed with a murder his best friend, Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) may have witnessed.
How to use it: To prepare to jump to conclusions.

My friend Sue Schulz sent me an article about a new phenomenon cropping up in her native Germany: Wal-Marts as dating services. I can't really get my mind around this; I'm trying to imagine a similar program at the Augusta Wal-Mart, which (as I think I've mentioned) is the size of a land-grant university.

On the other hand, it makes a kind of sense. People here get everything else at Wal-Mart: food, clothing, furniture, eyeglasses, hair cuts, even manicures and pedicures. Why not potential mates?

Wal-Mart is also the cheapest source of quality dog toys, so Dizzy thinks I should go there more often. Someone who reads the blog asked me yesterday what Dizzy looks like; I will have to get Anna to show me how to post photos to this thing. In the meantime, Dizzy is a large (80 lbs.) black and white pointer-lab mix. His head is black with white spots, and his body is white with black spots. He's usually smiling, and his tail curves up and over in a perfect "C," unless he's very unhappy.


Madley said...

I don't know why, but the thought of Wal-Mart as a dating service kinda makes me want to gag. I don't even like Wal-Mart as a STORE.

On the other hand, I'm looking forward to pictures of the infamous Dizzy! Having just lost my two pupsters, a pug and a sheltie... I've decided my next pal will be a wonderful mutt (just not now) and I'm a bit obsessed.

Looking forward!

AnswerGirl said...

Yeah, I tend to agree... I've never been a fan of bars as places to meet people, because I figure that if you meet someone in a bar, the only thing you know about each other is that you both drink. (Believe it or not, this is NOT always a good thing... see "Barfly," "Days of Wine and Roses," etc.) Likewise, if you meet at Wal-Mart, what does that tell you about each other? That you're both a) broke, b) cheap, c) indifferent to the collapse of Main Street America?

Anonymous said...

What is going on? Everyone knows that the Barnes & Noble cafes are the best hangouts for the mating game. They are the only place I've ever worked that doesn't sell booze and still has to run the customers out after closing.
Can't Wal-Mart leave any thing alone?