08 December 2013
Marty Feldman & Spike Milligan in The Undertakers from Marty Feldman's Comedy Machine
I've always been a dreamer. One of the earliest dreams I remember having was when I was 16 and having sex with Angie Dickinson on a bumper pool table. Lots of excitement and wonder but with plenty of anxiety and frustration. Ever have sex on a bumper pool table? It's not easy.
I've been thinking of death a lot lately. I had a dream where Dad and I are sitting at this rustic table on a hard scrabble hill overlooking an Italian village. We're sharing a bottle of white wine and Dad's eating pasta. In front of us is Death. He's 10' or so and in the black hooded robe but instead of a sickle, he's got a hoe and he's chipping away at the hard dry dirt and digging up skulls. Each time he uncovers one, he picks it up and tucks it into his robe.
I hear a cell phone ringing and look at Dad who's slurping up pasta and ignoring Death. 'Is that you ?' I ask. Dad shakes his head without looking up from his bowl. I look at Death and he reaches into his sleeve and pulls out a flip phone.
"Hello,"Death says. "Hello?...Hello?...Hello?"
Death shrugs and returns the phone to his sleeve. Death's mobile rings again.
"Hello? ... Hello?... Hello?..."
I turn to my father, "Death sure is a pain in the ass," I say. Dad puts his fork down and looks at me, "No shit. "