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Friday
May012009

Coupling 

I might have to double-check the ruling on these types of things, but I'm pretty sure that Josh The Pilot and I met two Officially Cool people last night. And since they're married, they come as a package.

We were attending a party for Josh's training class; they have passed another phase in the long, virtual plane crash-strewn road to becoming full Big Girl and Big Boy air traffic controllers.  When this happens, they have a party to celebrate the fact that they all still have jobs, and drink a whole bunch, and yell "F--K!" a lot, and in Josh's case hold aloft a lit cigar while falling asleep in a lawn chair, all of which makes me feel super-excited about the safety of America's airways.

The Officially Cool people are the next-door neighbors of our host, who, not being stupid, invited them on the assumption that they might notice twenty-odd drunk, "F--K!"-yelling air traffic controllers tottering around their shared backyard. 

I met them through their dog, Cindy, who was a very sweet doggie despite the fact she was naked. Cindy just been shorn for the summer, and was so busy looking equal parts humiliated and long-suffering as one of the controller's toddler sons repeatedly attempted to hug her to the ground that I complimented her owners on her forbearance.

He's a punk band guitarist who's studying geology.  She's an artist and elementary school teacher.  Their naked dog has a pink collar with skulls on it.  He gave me a copy of his band's CD, which was shrink-wrapped and had a bad word on it and everything.  She said she likes wine.  They both said they want to have children someday, and would like to encourage them to rebel, until I pointed out that in order to do so, they'd have to run away to The Gap and join Junior Achievement.  They were married a week after we were.  I excitedly told them that our first dance involved Michael Buble.

I'm pretty sure I relieved the issue of whether or not we're Officially Cool at that point.

we have a pretty badass cactus on the kitchen sink at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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PLEASE tell me you really really told that couple their rebellious children would have to join JA. It will make my week.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

I really really did. And since they're Officially Cool, they found it highly amusing.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Does the punk guitarist has a Myspace of his band? Let's see if he's actually good at that, or should rather stick to being a rock scientist instead of a rock star ;-)

PS: What breed was Cindy?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

It reminded me of what happened to the daughter of Alex Lora, a very famous Mexican musician.

He's a rock star; but his daughter once went out to get the autograph of Ricky Martin —she later got the autograph tattoed on her... well... it's a really uncomfortable place to get a tattoo ;-)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie
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