Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Special Guest Wednesday

Today, I'm proud to have a contribution from my Uncle Mike, the first member of my birth family to play here. Uncle Mike offers the following definitions for Avarice:
Above, Mike's Brain on Drugs

Avarice, n. The presupposition of intelligence by a blithering idiot.

Avaricious, adj. Dark, creepy with no redeeming value. Presidential.


About Mike: You mean besides he's my Uncle? Mike was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio attended Ohio State University and is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Army. Mike has two sons, my cousins Brian and Robey, a daughter-in-law, Joanne and two Grandsons, Connor (via Brian) and Forest (via Robey.) He also has two nephews and a niece, but the less said about them the better if you know what I mean. Over his career he has been a salesman, roofing estimator and now is in the video distribution business. Put his resume with mine and we're the Village People.

Mike moved to California from Cincinnati (with a stop in Boulder) right after we came from Illinois and our families have been close, especially during the early 80s. Mike is a huge Rock n' Roll fan and some of my favorite memories come from a time when my family had moved 20 miles but kept me in the same school. Uncle Mike drove me in every morning and used to challenge me to name the artist for every song that came on the radio. I'm still pissed I didn't get "Eddie Money," by the way.

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25 comments:

pia said...

Just wanted to say "hi" to uncle Mike--would have answered the definition but your story was so long and so Doug that I forgot the words.

My parents loved the Village People; it was part of their campaign to keep me humiliated throughout life.

They'd put a quarter in the juke box at a diner and dance to YMCA--and they did this close to home--just to make sure that I knew half the people in the diner.

I might write this a small post. You can be very inspirational Doug

Tom & Icy said...

Saving up all your life for a fancy funeral. Interesting story about music and your uncle.

Sar said...

Avarice = Bush (take your pick).

Doug said...

Thanks, Pia

That's a good one, Tom. By the way (coming attraction,) Bierce refers to a Mausoleum as "The final and funniest folly of the rich."

Sar, so partisan!

Sar said...

You best be nice to me Doug; afterall, I'm aware of a little story about your lack of familiarity with Eddie Money! ;)

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

avarice,n. Emptying your children’s trust fund to purchase a pair of Lamborghinis.

fluttergirl said...

Put his resume with mine and we're the Village People.

Yea, but which wears the buckskin and which one has the handcuffs. This is a matter of national security.

Avarice, n. The folly of bloogers who feel the creeping need for more links to and more comments on their blog, resulting in pandering to the lowest common denominator among readers.

Minka said...

Scrooge McDuck

actonbell said...

Wonderful write-up:)and hello to Uncle Mike!

avarice--getting greedy about those black jelly beans. I mean, there are only so many in a pack. Esp. raiding younger sister's Halloween candy.

Anisette is not the root of all evil, it's the LOVE of anisette that's the root of all evil.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Hey not fair , I keep my blogroll pretty slim overall. I personally only have high class links and readers( brown nose) with a few dead poets and one or two naked picture places along with a arare sicko. My avariciousness is self linmiting.

Doug said...

Sar, you act like I'm sometimes not nice. I think I'm misunderstood.

Alice, that sounds like something your dad, Karl, would do.

Revi, darling, I am the lowest common denominator. Pandering should never enter into it.

Monika, that made me laugh.

Actonbell, you're surely right. True story: My father loves those and I grew up thinking I didn't like them. The first time I bought Jujyfruits as an adult at the movies I though "Hey these are good." I think that's a slightly milder example of what Alice was talking about. Can't wait to hear Aral's comment.

Alice, as far as I'm concerned you're very discriminating as is Revi. (Mutual brown-nose)

a4g said...

Avarice, n. A supposed deadly sin concerning excessive desire for wealth. Although decried by some who cast off their material connections to this world, we find them far too smelly to be taken seriously.

Jamie Dawn said...

Nice to know Uncle Mike. I love that he tested you on the Rock & Roll greats. My son does the same thing to me. I really suck at it, but it's a lot of fun!

Now about avarice... If you have sung "Material Girl" along with Madonna at ANY time EVER in your LIFE, then you are going to hell for committing one of the deadly sins.

AP3 said...

Shout out to Uncle Mike -- HOLLAH!

Doug said...

a4g, that's funny. I guess the a's up on the g today.

Jamie Dawn, I think I'll be alright then.

Thanks, APPP! I heah ya!

Sar said...

Aw, sorry Doug, didn't mean to imply you aren't nice. Just snarky, and we wouldn't have you any other way! :)

(Plus, I just had to bust you about Eddie Money!)

Doug said...

Sar, for the record (no pun) that was the Eddie Money with long hair album not the Eddie Money with short hair album. Probably would get it wrong today. Here's a special bonus story: I brought up that example because when the song came on, Mike said "If you can tell me who sings this I'll give you $1000 of good old American Money!" Let's say, maybe I answered, I dunno, Blue Oyster Cult. Then he repeated with $100 in good old American Money. By the time I still hadn't got it at $1 the DJ came on and said "That was Eddie Money!" I almost jumped out onto the freeway.

Anonymous said...

I hate to blow your cute little story nephew of mine, but it was Crosby , Stills, and Nash...but who really cares...

I was going to sign this as U of M (Uncle of Mike) until I realized that would be a sacrilege since I graduated from Ohio State....oh well

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Avarice,n from the old hog.
A maximum density of selfishness. e.g., cheating your young nephew out of money that should have been rightfully his.

See Uncle Scrooge.

P.S. Hey Mikey!

Doug said...

Anonymous Uncle Mike, so you offered me $1000 in good old American CSN? That's what you're trying to say, Buckeye?

God bless you, TLP! Thanks for watching my back.

Indeterminacy said...

Hello Uncle Mike! You're definitions are right on key. I can see there's something running in the family here. And it's cool that you're a Cincinnati alumni (like me) ;-)

Doug said...

Maybe it's in the water there, Indie. God knows there's a lot in the Ohio.

revidescent said...

Whoa now.

I'm all for pandering and avarice of the blogging.

Please, let the mayhem continue. For the love of FSM, comment!

Doug said...

Thank you, Revi. The mayhem continues.

weirsdo said...

Greetings to Uncle Mike. Nice to meet another of the clan. I enjoyed your definitions.
After I discovered there was more to the radio dial than WCLV, I spent a lot of time at WMMS. Hope that wasn't too after your time.