Where Was I?
Since our last installment, I packed all of my belongings into a U-Haul and moved to a house a couple of blocks down the street. If you’re wondering why I bothered with a U-Haul if the move was so short, it was because putting all your shit on a sled and having your dog and kids pull it Iditarod-style may be entertaining, but effectiveness-wise it blows goats. So I wrapped the goldbricking fuckers in bubble-wrap and threw them in the U-Haul with the rest of my shit and fucking moved. I say “fucking moved” not just because I’m a foul-mouthed, anti-social malcontent with the manners of a drunken sailor in a whorehouse, but also because the total elapsed time to move everything by myself was six and a half hours including the time it took to rent and return the U-Haul. I am the motherfucking man.
And as the motherfucking man, I feel it is my duty to point out that the person who invented the ninety degree turn in the middle of a staircase can go die in a car fire. Asshole. If you’ve ever had to move a large object up such a stairway, you know what I’m talking about. It is a law of nature that whatever you are moving is guaranteed to be extremely heavy, bulky and hard to hold, and 3 inches wider than the area in which you have to maneuver. In my case, the object in question was this:
This is a picture of a bunk-bed staircase similar to the one I had to move up the stairs on Saturday. It was assembled by the makers of the Rubik’s Cube, and so could only be taken apart into individual furniture molecules, making reassembly impossible. I had to move the fucker up there by myself, and when I got to the landing I had the following conversation with myself.
Me: Son of a fucking bitch! Of course this thing is three inches wider than the landing. DAMMIT!
Me: Ok, ok, calm down…
Me: No, fuck you, me! I’m carrying a staircase up another fucking staircase, and I DON’T NEED THIS SHIT!
I clearly wasn’t in a stable frame of mind. I finally decided that by angling the entire unit, lifting it up using only my forearms, and praying to a bunch of deities that haven’t been in vogue for several millennia, I might be able to swing the entire unit ninety degrees without punching a large hole in the wall. Or I might wedge it in there so tightly that the upstairs of the house would be inaccessible from the inside for the rest of time, which has a decidedly negative impact on resale value.
My reward for somehow successfully performing this feat, and several other minor furniture miracles, was that by the middle of the afternoon a tendon in my right knee began flaring up to the point where I had to lift my leg with my arms in order to get inside of my Jeep. This is because I’m old, and when you get old anything more strenuous than scratching your balls can cause aches and pains, and even that activity can be a bit dicey, especially if you’re at a funeral.
(Not that I’m complaining. I hate it when people complain about being old. My mom used to tell me that, “Getting old isn’t for the weak!” Bull-fucking-shit. Go down to any nursing home and look around. Practically everyone in there is weak. Go ahead, start shoving some people around. See?)
So I completed the move without killing myself, and have reassembled Dogs On Drugs HQ into a new office complete with guitar nook, which automatically renders it the coolest office I’ve ever had:
Now on to the important shit: Last week, I mentioned that I would be holding a contest to award a prize to the reader who submitted the best illustration of a dick dressed up like Kenny Loggins. I was mildly disappointed (and by mildly disappointed, I mean drunk) when I opened my email and not one reader had decided to get a head start on the competition. (Get it? Head start?) Where is the initiative, people? I mean, you can sit there, dreaming of the day that you win some useless shit because you drew a picture of a dick dressed up as Kenny Loggins, or you can get fucking cracking and make that dream a reality! I can’t do this for you, you know!
Ok, rules of the contest:
- Make an illustration of a dick dressed up as Kenny Loggins.
- If you made a drawing of Dick Van Dyke, or Dick Nixon, or anyone else named Dick dressed up as Kenny Loggins, you lose and I would like to come over to your house and kick you in the spleen.
- Send that illustration as an email attachment to email@example.com (really).
- Burn offerings, sacrifice woodland animals/virgins, and/or pray to your God as your custom dictates.
- One lucky person will win something random from the official Dogs On Drugs Giant Bookcase of Crazy Shit. I will then mail it to you, and you will gnash your teeth and bemoan your sorry fate. Or, if you’re into receiving weird shit from strangers, you might let out a small “Woo-hoo!” I don’t really know how you’re going to react to receiving something I most likely stole from a morgue.
Here’s how the judging will take place:
- I will try to look at every entry, but I make no promises.
- Whichever entry is accompanied by the most credit card numbers or pictures of women in various stages of undress will probably win.
So there you have it. Get cracking!
See, that picture of Loggins is what we needed.
He’s all right. Don’t nobody worry ’bout him.
Staircase up another staircase. Yes.
For an encore, toothpaste back up the tube, Mr. Blaine.
Now THERE’S a guy who I could draw as a dick without looking.
Why you got to give him a fight?
One Day, just let him be!
What about a sculpture? I work better in 3D.
Bonus points are given for creativity, effort, and use of any dimensions beyond 2.
I had it in my mind that you wanted a picture, as in photo, of a dick dressed like Mr.Loggins. Since I don’t have a dick, or access to one, I thought I was out of the running.
I feel some of your pain about moving and shifting furniture. I have a sofa bed that weighs 16 tonnes. That bastard was eventually wrangled into the spare bedroom, and it will never be moved again ever. Your staircase up a staircase would have had me looking for an axe after about two minutes.
Oh, man, I had to move a sofa bed once. Fucking brutal. Those things weigh a metric fuckton (or in Imperial English units, a metric fucktonne).
Sofa beds suck more ass than George Takei at convention time (no, I didn’t really say that – George Takei is awesome). One of my exes “left” me his when he moved out and refused to ever come get it. So I hired a couple of his employees to come pick it up and deliver it to him. Poor guys – pretty sure they didn’t get fired…
Also, sofa beds encourage people to stay at your house way too long. Now I just give guests a bug-infested straw mat to sit on so they don’t get any ideas.
I take a different approach:
“Do you have a place where I can crash?”
“Yep. It’s called a Motel 6, and it’s only a block away.”
You know the welded steel insides of the sleeper sofa simply unbolts, right? Then you carry the cheapass pine couch up the stairs separate from the steel sleeper mechanism, thus separating bulk from weight.
LIKE A WOMAN! More brains. Less brawn.
Yeah, except the steel inside is what weighs a ton, so now you have to make two trips, one of which is as much of a pain in the ass as if you’d just carried the couch up without disassembling it in the first place.
Like a MAN! Less work, more time to drink beer.
So the pictures of women in various states of undress… you didn’t specify, so something like this would be fine?
I said women, not pigs on steroids.
So now you specify. Time to clean out my hard drive again. Sheesh!
I have been helping someone rip carpet out of their new place the last week. Unfortunately not a euphemism.
People need to stop moving house
Yeah, can’t we all just make up our fucking minds?
I have absolutely NO artistic ability so you will just have to trust that what I have pictured in my head is better than anything that the others may submit.
That didn’t keep Picasso from success. That guy couldn’t even draw a normal human face!
Who are the jerks who let you move all by yourself????
And the guitars….. For real? If so, YES!
Well, it’s me, my wife, my kids, and the in-laws. The in-laws sure as shit won’t help, my wife was busy snapping at me for moving out (although that was her idea), and the kids… Well, the kids couldn’t even lift my giant bookcase without having to go to the hospital. Babies.
Oh yeah, the guitar nook is real. (power chord)
Aha! Yes fuck moving indeed. I am not the motherfucking man. Even with help and paid help it took weeks.