In an age when Kevin Federline sets the standard as a guy to admire, I'm feelin' the need to go all revolutionary like Mr. Muscle Oven Cleaner did back in the '70s and take a moment to set the bar just a tidge higher.
I can up your K-Fed, culturepeople, and his name is My Cousin Kurt.
The adventures of my road-kill-hound cousin have hit this space before, but, with his latest, I'm afraid he may have garnered Reccuring Supporting Character status on this blog.
Sure, he scrapes moose off the highway; he's a dragonfly expert (yea, he's written a book proving his odonatic knowledge); he builds rustic furniture; he has his teen-aged daughter amusing herself with throwing an atlatl out back of the log house he built...
( This is not My Cousin Kurt, nor is it his teen-aged daughter. But it is an atlatl. If you needed this explanation, is it possible you're kind of dim?)
...but that stuff is so My Cousin Kurt that it hardly bears mentioning in a tribute about why I rank him above Britney's ex.
Here's the source of my abiding admiration:
Last year, one of his daughters was given an audio card--you know, one of those really annoying cards that blares a song every time you open it.
First opening of the card, and the song blares out? How cute! Ain't that just.
Second opening of the card, same song? A little drumbeat on the table.
Third opening--what, again? A sense that it's time to move on and open the next present.
Fourth opening, fer chrissakes? An actual request to stop. opening. the. card.
Fifth freaking opening in two minutes? An exasperated exhale and mounting blood pressure.
Sixth #$%^&&(* opening? A sense of slipping sanity and dialing up one's inner sociopath.
Oh, did I forget to mention that the song being played with every opening of the card, in the case of My Cousin Kurt's kid, was "The Chickendance"?
To give him credit, he made it longer than Dick Cheney would have.
But then, My Cousin, my pal, my boy
finally took "The Chickendance" card out front of the house
and shot it.