Wednesday, August 27, 2008

you're looking at me with blank eyes

Some of my dad's classic lines are from good times playing board games.  When playing yatzhee, if anyone managed to get 5 of a kind, a "yatzhee", my dad would let loose this prolonged skreech in celebration.  As kids we thought it was hilarious.  As an adult I wonder why my mom didn't throw away the Yatzhee box.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

incidentally, why do you always have to...

A quote from our Yatzhee games with Dad. Because the game revolves around rolling dice, my dad would inevitably start singing the Rawhide theme song. At some point Snake got tired of hearing Rawhide, so he would retaliate by trying to sing over Dad. Snake would sing a song he made up about our younger cousin Sean entitled "Seaner is a cool dude". My dad hated that.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Not sure if this referred to my Uncle Danny, the coon-ass loud-mouth who constantly berated and talked shit about his kids and wife, or my dad's friend Danny from high school whom my mom didn't like very much. Either way, it's my dad's code for "I need to defecate."

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I can't stand it!

A subtle classic catchphrase of Dad's. They don't look like much, those two words, but my dad has used them for years to communicate a range of ideas, from fatalism to disregard to complete disinterest.