Conversations with my family.

Poochie and I talked on the phone yesterday.

Me: So, Poochie, people are starting to ask: what are you going to be for Halloween? It’s going to be hard to top last year’s Publisher’s Clearinghouse Prize Patrol.

Poochie: Yeah, that was a lot of fun. I liked being the guy with the check.

Me: Yeah, you have the hair for it.

Poochie: Well, this year, we all want to go as something that works well together. Cuz that was fun last year.

Me: Uh-huh.

Poochie: We were thinking we could be the guys from the bad dojo in Karate Kid.

Me: The Cobra Kai?

Poochie: Uh-huh. And we could just spend the night being real assholes. ‘Put him in a body bag, Johnny!’

Me: That’s awesome. You know, you have the hair for it – you could blow-dry and feather your hair and be the lead guy from Cobra Kai.

Poochie: The sensai?

Me: Yeah! And you could yell, ‘Sweep the leg!’ And that guy was on Cagney & Lacey, too, so you know he’s cool.

Poochie: That’s a really good idea.

Me: Uh-huh. You have options.

Poochie: I was telling my friend Craig that he could be Mr. Miyagi, and he was all, ‘Oh? Is that because I’m Asian?’

Me: Was it?

Poochie: Uh, no, it was because he’s short and Asian and has a goatee. But I didn’t point that out.

Me: Yeah.

Poochie: But, if the whole Cobra Kai thing doesn’t work out, we might just go as all geese or all buffalo. And that way? We’d just all do the same thing, en mass, all night.

Me: That’s hilarious. How would you dress as, like, a buffalo?

Poochie: Umm? Yeah. That part? I haven’t figured that out yet.


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