Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Look, Mr. Potter..."

"...I'm sorry I got dandruff all over your ledger but..."

As we all know, in It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey got bailed out by his friends on Christmas Eve, essentially telling Mr. Potter to go fuck himself. It was the exact inverse of what's been going on over the last 14 months, in which the George Baileys of the world have been told to go fuck themselves while the Mr. Potters get bailed out by Bailey and Co.

It's tough, I know. I live in the trenches and they're getting more and more shallow every day, leaving us more and more exposed. Many of you are unemployed or underemployed and all of you somehow have to free up money in order to buy what few presents you can for your loved ones.

Barb and I are barely hanging on, but she's missed time from work for three weeks in a row due to either a blizzard or illness (she's home sick right now). The bank balance is under $100 with the rent and electric due in just over two weeks and we haven't even begun our Christmas shopping. Our little fiber optic desktop tree was donated to us by a kind friend.

We're no closer to fixing our car or the PC than we were when they died last fall and it's a struggle just to avoid overdraft fees. If you have a few bucks to spare for Pottersville's official blogger, the missus and I would sure appreciate it. If you were to kick into the ole Paypal account, life can imitate this particular piece of art instead of vice versa. Hopefully, something will break for me by the end of this year/early next year. If your budget is as maxed out as ours, I'll understand. Either way, we wish you a safe and merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and holidays.


At December 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

I watched the last two reels of Wonderful Life the other day. I came to two conclusions:

One man, George Bailey, could not possibly be the sole person standing between Bedford Falls and Pottersville. Others had to be involved. I mean, really, one guy made that much of a difference? No one else in town was nice and caring?

Second, at the final scene when everyone is handing their hard-earned cash to capitalist parasite George Bailey, I started thinking, what if there were no 'angels' and George Bailey had frozen and drowned?

Imagine that end scene, everyone comes and is handing over that money, Mary is happy because they won't lose the house, everyone is celebrating how nice George is but then the sheriff shows up and tells everyone George is dead.

Now all the money has to go to his funeral. What happens to Mary and the family, they go on welfare? Mary forced into prostitution at Potter's whorehouse because that's still the highest pay in town for a woman?

Huh, I find that movie to be highly improbable...

Especially today with Conservative Republicans like we have now.

At December 15, 2009 at 5:06 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Cynicism as only celluloid and a liberal can deliver.

At December 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Hogmanay, Jurassic!

At December 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Blogger pygalgia said...

A small donation made. Last year, when I was desperate, several readers made some small donations to me. It was a lifesaver, and I'm glad that I can spread the return of the favor this year. Best wishes.

At December 23, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Anonymous comrade Rutherford said...

Oh, and there's one more thing about the end of Wonderful Life.

Someone calls (or was it a telegram), saying that he has a $25,000 line of credit with a Swiss bank.

Well, why is he keeping everyone's cash, then? When he gets notice that he's got that credit line, he should be just as generous as they all were and give back all that money. He doesn't need it and isn't he being just as greedy as Potter?


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