My friend Chelsey and I were exchanging a few messages about the fact that the house she rents with her husband is going for sale. What an inconvenience, especially if leaving is not your choice. I gently brooch the subject: “Could you buy it yourselves?” She says that the house is a cool $500,000. To which I reply ‘What? You don’t just have half-a-mil lying around?’. How embarrassing for her. I said this outright to which she begged me not to spread word, for she feared she’d never be able to show her face at the yacht club again. And I don’t blame her, she is the belle of the ball when it comes to being a seafaring siren.
But she’s not the only the gal at the club, and to be frank, she often struts about like she owns the place, which obviously she doesn’t because she can’t. Like…what do you want to do when you want to buy a house? Save for it? Get a loan? You don’t just buy places to keep your expansive shoe collection? Buy a flat in London because you go there once every two years? Buy a beach house in Fiji, just cause you’d like to go to Fiji someday? How does one live?
This information could really elevate me to a higher level of popularity at the Boca Del Rio Club. Not that I need it. People know me there.
Truth is, I don’t have half a million myself, I don’t even have five dollars. I don’t even own that captain’s hat. So, what does one do in this kind of economy? Just take it? Just pack your bags and slink away because your landlord wants to lose the pleasure of receiving your measly rent cheque just so he can make half a million, when you know he probably paid $50,000 in 1960? Yeah, that’s called injustice and I don’t think she should take it. I tell her to look on the bright side. “I totally smell a ton a wacky hi-jinx where you can deter potential buyer”. Oh the hilarity. “Isn’t that the theme of Animal House?” she responds.
Confession time. I had to confirm with IMDb whether that was the general premise. It’s not exactly my friend’s case, but I think it’s fair to take those subversive shenanigans and use them as the basis of our war against the real estate crazed owner. After all, not only did I learn about the general gist of the film, which I saw many, many years ago, I realized that this movie is actually a rather big deal.
In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was No. 1 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies.” It was No. 36 on AFI‘s “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list of the 100 best American comedies. In 2008, Empire magazine selected it as one of “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
So, clearly “Animal House” is a commendable source, and it’s just the beginning. What other crazy things could we do to scare away potential buyers? Just spit-balling here, but I think a meth lab would be a great start.
She asks whether I could commit to chemistry classes at night school . I don’t know how to make meth…apparently neither does Chelsey. You think you could get two attractive intelligent women in a room together and scrape up half a million dollars and a meth lab. Sadly with us, you’d get spare change and a delicious smoothie. But maybe that’s the problem. We’re not bad ass enough. We’re both married women, we keep our houses clean, pay our bills, and live generally quiet lives. Therefore, we must go under the radar. Create super identies, in which we could really do some damage…without ruining our credit rating. Chelsey will be Anastasia Beaverhausen…
and I will be Shanequa la Fontaine, and neither of us are going to take anymore of anyone’s nonsense.
As of this press date, Chelsey-er Anastasia is trying to rustle up some rough and tumble boys who can be fast and loose with some cans of spray paint. This could help with our meth lab cover.
To that end, I think we should get cute kittens to run said meth-lab. Mostly so we can get on with our daily life. And second, so if the cops bust in, they’ll be so knocked out by the kitten in the charming glasses and think. “I’m going to let this go, but being this adorable should be illegal”. Also, because I really wanted to find a way to include this picture in today’s blog.
As for me, let’s just say that Shanequa’s got her work cut out for her. I’m going to scrounge up a pack of loud mouthed ne’er do wells. Preferably, chain smoking night owls, that get into passionate, profanity laced arguments at four in the morning. When all is said and done, we could devalue the property so much,turn it into such an animal house, that they could buy the house for a cool buck fifty. Wish us luck. It’s about to get raw like sushi.
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