Fish versus Fruitcake.

If you're reading this blog, chances are good that you know me pretty well already. I talk a lot about music, curling, my trips to strange Arctic lands, culinary adventures, video games, my writing, and "Canadian identity" issues. I don't talk too much about television, or motorcycles, or sport fishing... unless I'm making fun of Calgary.

You might, then, assume that I don't really have a lot to do with any of those things, and you'd be right.

So why my parents decided to get me this, as a souvenir of their four-month stay in Las Vegas, is somewhat beyond me.

I've never seen an episode of Orange County Choppers in my life, and yet I feel I could give you a synopsis of the show, just from interpreting the vehicles I see in this city bearing their decals. In other words, there was quite enough O.C.C. in my life before I became the owner of their bass-styled theme-casino motorcycle replica. I was happier then.

I must admit, though, the detail is impressive:

Fishing hook spokes? I have to salute that level of ingenuity.

Regardless, there's one other thing about me that you couldn't tell from reading this blog: I don't handle logos well. Wearing a shirt with the words "Medicine Hat Dragon Boating" on it made me feel uncomfortable, even when I was on the Medicine Hat Dragon Boating team!

So imagine, then, what I think about a television show building a bike themed after a chain department store in order to create advertising for a casino in Las Vegas, and then selling a replica of the advertisement in their gift shop. I get itchy just looking at this thing. It's remarkable, really - I don't think I've ever received a less fitting gift in my life. It's like I now have a better understanding of who I am, by looking at that and knowing who I am not.

Still, I said "thank you", and accepted the gift, and then my parents served homemade chicken soup for supper, and it was wonderful to see them again, after so long.

It really *is* the thought that counts.

1 comment:

Laina said...

Oh this made me laugh. I am enjoying the triumphant return of your blog!

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Canadian explorer. Chemist by training, biologist by nature. Long-time supporter and participant in National Novel Writing Month. Known as "Aquadeo" in most Internet circles. Also known as "that guy with the pants" to people who have seen me in certain pants.