1.16.2008

Get Me to St. James Gate

Babies and laughter are great medicine, but the best? By a vote of 8 to 7s, you guys think that Guinness is the best medicine, and I could not agree more. Now if only Whole Paycheck would keep those cold cans of stouty goodness in stock, I could take my medicine!

This latest poll came out of my realization that emotions/sayings which are corny and clichéd might just be feelings/situations that we haven't experienced yet.

For instance, the saying "laughter is the best medicine" always sounded like some weak platitude said by those who had no power over a situation. I've recently come to rethink that position.

While of course context is everything (see the last lines of the post on 1.15), I do think that occasionally making light of my situation is just as important as the chemo and radiation, as though you're taking the tumor's power away from it by laughing in its face. "You think you're tough? I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!"

And then the tumor says "You eat shit for breakfast?" and I'm all "Ah, an Adam Sandler fan, huh?" and he's all "I LOVE Happy Gilmore!" and then I pull him out, beat him with a five iron, and feed him to that damn one-eyed alligator.

9 comments:

hh aka heartless mom said...

i still vote laughter even though i am a fan of guinness and bon jovi - but babies??? way too stressful and sleep depriving for me.

eileen said...

I think that drinking guiness while watching a laughing baby and listening to bon jovi might be the best medicine of all.

Oh, and tell your tumor this:
"The price is wrong, bitch!"

Tricia said...

Have you seen the Flight of the Conchords? Funniest thing I've watched in a while. Our current Netflix obsession is Firefly / Serenity - not so funny, but fantastic. I assume that you discovered that one years ago.

Niebler said...

Indeed, I've heard sarcasm and subtle derision are nearly as effective as neoadjuvant chemoradiation for tumor bulk reduction. And don't forget the shrinking power of shame and embarrassment: "What are you doing, living in Bridget's butt, Poopyface? That's just weird and stupid. Get out of there and get your own place and a job or something."

Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

Hey Tricia--Haven't seen FotC but have heard good things...is it available on Netflix? As for Firefly, don't get me started on my crush on Capt. Tightpants. The ep with Saffron the stowaway? Ooh, saucy!

I also really enjoyed Serenity...I hope they make a few sequels, although there's a character I'll really miss...Have you seen it yet?

Niebler--My tumor is *such* a freeloader. It hasn't chipped in on rent in forEVER and always finishes the beer without letting us know.

j9 said...

we forgot dancing.....or should i say dance - offs......i am looking forward to it during 24 hours of sunlight in iceland while drinking our favorite Viking beer (who need guinness anyway).....

Megan said...

I have been in sooooo much trouble for making cancer jokes that were apparently too "dark" for some sensitive ears. Either laugh or cry, right? Laughing is much better. No vote need on that one.

As for Captain Tightpants...yes, please! FYI - Summer Glau is in the new Terminator TV show, "The Sarah Conner Chronicles". The show isn't great, but it's good to see Summer kicking ass once again.

Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

I had Nathan Fillion as a TiVo keyword, so it taped some HAR-a-ble Lifetime movie that had him in the lead that had him as some writer or something that retreats with his fragile wife to an old family cabin after the death of his kid and he winds up killing a cop to save some woman who was actually some kinda black widow seductress blackmailing beeyotch...

Yes, I watched the whole thing. I think he did take his shirt off, so it was sorta worth it. ;)

Tricia said...

FotC is on Netflix; it's how we watch just about everything.

We've watched all but the last few episodes of Firefly and will then watch Serenity (they're all at home; will probably polish them off this weekend). Every episode begins with my repeated declaration of how much I love the show. I try to keep quiet about my feelings about Capt Tightpants to be sensitive to my couch co-pilot, but usually fail miserably.