Some people always seem to be "great." Not me. I don't give them any superlatives; nothing to gossip around. I tell them I'm "fairly decent." Or "relatively okay." I might just say, "I'm moderately neato." And if I'm in a particularly jaunty mood, I'll tell them, ""I'm not unwell, thank you."
As many of you probably know by now, George Carlin died yesterday of heart failure. Although he was known for his edgy, envelope-pushing routines about drugs, religion and dirty words, in my humble opinion, George was much more than just a provocative hippie atheist with a potty mouth. Much like Lenny Bruce, Carlin was a brilliant social satirist - one whose irreverant world view has influenced generations of entertainers...and college kids.
I remember hearing a scratched vinyl version of "Class Clown" over at a friend's house back when we were kids, snickering away as Carlin described the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." That skit essentially helped shape broadcast obscenity legislation in this country. But his comedy - while often raunchy - applies to so many every-day situations. To this day, many a friend has busted out a Carlin line when airline announcements begin...and I know I've cracked one or two Carlin jokes when talking to guys named Todd.
In honor of one of the bestest comedians ever, here is a clip of Carlin's infamous "baseball versus football" schtick, as well as a sucralose-sweetened pork chop recipe. I mean, he likes pork so much he referenced it in a book title!
Polynesian Pork Chops
G.C., we'll miss ya!