Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

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"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Species


New Species Discovered

They are referred to as “homo slackass-erectus” created by natural genetic downward evolution through constant spineless posturing and spasmatic upper limb gestures, which new research has shown to cause shorter legs and an inability to ambulate other than in an awkward shuffling gait. The "drag-crotch" shape also seems to affect brain function.  Expect no eye contact or intelligent verbal communication. History shows that this species mostly voted for Obama and receives food stamps and full government care. Unfortunately most are highly fertile.

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            This piece was passed around the internet.  You may have seen it.  I didn’t write any of that caption, but I can think of a few things I might have added if I had written it.  But it helps me understand why the pants on this group of bipeds manage to stay on.  I have a couple of grandsons who seem to be evolving in this direction. 

            This “beltless” thing originated in prisons, where prisoners aren’t allowed to wear belts.  Being an “ex-con” is a status symbol for gangbangers, so the affliction seems to have spread to teenagers everywhere.  The same with shoes minus shoe strings.

            Even back in the ‘50s a lot of boys wore their pants low, but they became easy targets to be “pantsed” by other guys.  It was easy.  You snuck up behind one of these low-riders and used their pockets to drop their pants to their shoes.  It was fun watching them hop around, trying to pull their pants back up while girls giggled and boys laughed.  But today, pants are sometimes worn below the butt. I don’t want to speculate on the pathology of that particular aberration.  

            Then there are the tattoos…When I was in the army, guys would get tattoos, usually related to their military unit, a girlfriend’s name, or maybe a small cross.  Pretty innocuous stuff.  If I had come home with a tattoo on my arm my dad would have cut my arm off and my mother would have had the church women pray for me.  (I had the world’s greatest parents so that’s obviously not true, but I know they wouldn’t have been happy.)

            Today, even women look like walking comic strips in full color.  Here in Quincy, when the sun finally comes out and clothes come off, it’s more fun looking at the colorful pictures on a female body than the Inquirer and other rags on the rack in the check-out line.  Of course, it depends on the body.  Some bodies are best not looked at regardless of the colorful pictures.

            If I had the skill, I’d go into the tattoo removal business.  In a few years, when a man’s chest tattoo begins to fold in on itself and a woman’s breast tattoo of a cute little red rose begins to look like a nuclear explosion and heads for her navel, I think the removal business will boom. Actually, after that description, I think I’ll pass on the tattoo removal business.

            I must admit that my arms look like I’ve had a series of tattoos by Picasso, but these are just a result of bumping into things while on an aspirin regime.  Some of these transitory bruises look like the old Rorschach ink blot tests - you can see whatever you can imagine in the shapes.  One guy looked at my arm in shock, blessed me, and tried to pin money on me because he thought one of my bruises looked like the Virgin Mary.  Now I wear long-sleeved shirts.

            I’m doing my best to adjust to the brave new world around me, but the truth is that I feel like my passport ran out sometime in the ‘50s or ‘60s and I’m in an airport in a foreign country, smiling in feigned acceptance of their bizarre cultural traditions.  The sad part is that it’s too late to catch a flight back to the sanity of the ‘50s.  I think I’ll get an “I Like Ike” tattoo, a Lone Ranger mask, and a Green Hornet decoder ring. Those ancient esoteric symbols and artifacts might be considered "hip" - an archaic word which could be translated into today's vernacular as "cool", "awesome", "that be bad", or "whatever."


7 comments:

  1. I think this may be an evolvement of getting old. My inseam used to be 33" and now it's 27". I buy larger tennies so three pairs of stacked pants will reach the (non) belt line and stay up on their own. I hate suspenders. Actually, us old guys can compete for super cool if we play our inseam right.

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    1. Due to your baseball interests, I thought "inseam" had something to do with a line drive to second base.

      But, you're right. I think my legs are getting shorter too. Could we be turning into the dingbat in the drawing?

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  2. If people will pin money on me I think I will walk around the San Jose Airport in a thong!!!!!

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  3. Ed, if you walk around San Jose airport with a thong, you'd need a bullet-proof vest.

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    1. Ed - That's a terrifying picture. I'd go further than Roger and speculate that the authorities would immediately shut down the terminal and send a SWAT team in to rescue the hostages.

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  4. You guys make getting old sound terrible. I'm glad I am not as old. tee hee I can't help but laugh at your description of people you have observed. That is one thing I am guilty of - watching and enjoying all walks of people. I do agree about one thing. You had the GREATEST PARENTS ON EARTH.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. You're right. My folks were the greatest.

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