Bonus Birthday Edition
Posted by Dirck on 27 May, 2016
Just a little vignette from some lunch-proximate errand-running, which I find I have a moment to relate.
While standing behind the person being served at a store, I find the clerk addressing me thus after taking in my houndstooth sport coat, snap-brim fedora (not a Trilby, although I favour a c-dent), and horn-rims: “Hey, man, you look like a villain!”
I have no problem with this. Apart from the fact that he’s smiling and happy as he says this, I’m well aware that villains have a loads of agency in the story in which they appear, that apart from the very last moments of that story’s climax they tend to have a lot more fun, and that the villain is usually a good deal more interesting than the villain. You don’t see a lot of films entitled Johnny Harker and His Polite Victorian Chums, right? I therefore smile myself and, in dramatic fashion, say, “Uh-oh! I’m found out!”
“Yeah, you know, like those guys in the old Hollywood movies…”
…at which I feel myself inflate slightly…
“…like from the ’80s and ’90s!”
I believe my smile may have become a little rigid at that point. I will not tar all Millennials because one of their number views as much as 36 years ago as “old”, but I will shake my head over the folly of the individual.
It is not my birthday. It is the birthday of villains. You know. From the old Hollywood movies.
The back row’s birthdays are 27 May 1922 and 1911, with the odd man out being 26 May 1913. A damn good season for villains, and head-shaking aside, an auspicious day to be labeled as one. Thanks anyway, kid.