Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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Celebrity suburbanization

I know a fun game. Basically, one takes "famous people", and then imagines them transposed into an ordinary soccer parent SUV suburb. It goes a bit like this: Fiona Apple becomes the Mary Kay lady, driving her red car as a director with a suicidal abandon, peddling cosmetics door to door, dreaming of a pink Cadillac, but always pausing in the middle of the demo to look wistfully into the mirror, and intone in a bluesy kinda voice "I'm just not sure it's worth living when you have a Summer complexion". Russell Crowe coaches the local junior high football team, having affairs with 3 soccer moms simultaneously, but dumping them all when their marriages disintegrate. His team never wins, really, but they play with such poise, while he watches from the sideline drinking beer. George W. Bush is the high school principal, of course, and speaks constantly about the threat posed by hip hop music and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He calls Buffy, Pink and Parker Posey the "lasses of evil", and everyone at school just shakes their heads, because they don't get the connection. Bill Clinton, by contrast, has built a huge congregation at the local Pentecostal church, but unfortunately some of his parishioners are a bit too loyal, giving him much cause to seek solace on Saturday night and forgiveness on Sunday. Nobody can figure out who elected Deborah Norville president of the Junior League, but she seems to be president for life. Adam Sandler works in the local video store, and does baby voices when you ask him to help locate a film. Axl Rose cleans carpets for a living--everyone looks at his tattoos and feels they should know him, but nobody can quite remember why. Sean ("P. Diddy") Combs does a creditable job as manager of the local funeral home, except for his nervous tic, which makes him say "It had nothing to do with me" whenever he is asked how a client died. Jennifer Lopez leads aerobicize classes at the local "Y", and everyone says she could be a singer and dancer, if only she had a good voice. Dick Gephardt is delighted to help meet your life insurance needs, and has a particular expertise in structuring corporate bonus payoffs. Martha Stewart runs the Pet Pastry Bakery, but she drives away customers by denying that she had insider knowledge of the e. coli problems with the Meat Treats. The vet, of course, is Jodie Foster, who takes her pets so seriously, that she becomes positively private about their health as she treats them with unflappable intensity. Jerry Seinfeld has his own accounting practice, in which he accomplishes pretty much nothing. Cindy Sherman runs the photoprint shop over at Wal Mart, but she keeps wasting the film on pix of herself. Anthony Hopkins is the best janitor that Rosemont Middle School ever had--the floors are so clean it's as if he licked them clean. Sting is perpetually the losing candidate for mayor--he never gets more than 100 votes, and nobody is quite sure what he stands for, but everyone knows his hair is resistant to the comb.
Alanis Morisette runs the reception desk over at Dr. Jamie Lee Curtis' dental office (Dr.Curtis has a gift for overbites), but when you come in for your appointment, she always looks right through you. Steven Spielberg is the local stockbroker, and everyone in town has profited from his advice, but nobody likes to admit it. Oh, and Angela Lansbury really is a mystery writer....

See? Mine weren't even all that good. What are yours?
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