Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Turnpike Exit

The past year has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. I've never felt so frustrated about problems in one year as compared to all the problems I've encountered during my earlier life combined. Not only did it affect my work, but almost permanently damaged my passion in doing things I've always wanted doing. I never received support from those I expected to get it from, and instead received indifference and even prejudice. I felt like Monty Brogan in the movie "25th hour," where his reflection suddenly blurted this out when he said "Fuck, you too!" in defiance to what was written on the mirror:

Fuck me? Fuck you! Fuck you and this whole city and everyone in it.

Fuck the panhandlers, grubbing for money, and smiling at me behind my back.

Fuck squeegee men dirtying up the clean windshield of my car. Get a fucking job!

Fuck the Sikhs and the Pakistanis bombing down the avenues in decrepit cabs, curry steaming out their pores and stinking up my day. Terrorists in fucking training. Slow the fuck down!

Fuck the Chelsea boys with their waxed chests and pumped up biceps. Going down on each other in my parks and on my piers, jingling their dicks on my Channel 35.

Fuck the Korean grocers with their pyramids of overpriced fruit and their tulips and roses wrapped in plastic. Ten years in the country, still no speaky English?

Fuck the Russians in Brighton Beach. Mobster thugs sitting in cafés, sipping tea in little glasses, sugar cubes between their teeth. Wheelin' and dealin' and schemin'. Go back where you fucking came from!

Fuck the black-hatted Chassidim, strolling up and down 47th street in their dirty gabardine with their dandruff. Selling South African apartheid diamonds!

Fuck the Wall Street brokers. Self-styled masters of the universe. Michael Douglas, Gordon Gecko wannabe mother fuckers, figuring out new ways to rob hard working people blind. Send those Enron assholes to jail for fucking life! You think Bush and Cheney didn't know about that shit? Give me a fucking break! Tyco! Imclone! Adelphia! Worldcom!

Fuck the Puerto Ricans. 20 to a car, swelling up the welfare rolls, worst fuckin' parade in the city. And don't even get me started on the Dom-in-i-cans, because they make the Puerto Ricans look good.

Fuck the Bensonhurst Italians with their pomaded hair, their nylon warm-up suits, and their St. Anthony medallions. Swinging their, Jason Giambi, Louisville slugger, baseball bats, trying to audition for the Sopranos.

Fuck the Upper East Side wives with their Hermés scarves and their fifty-dollar Balducci artichokes. Overfed faces getting pulled and lifted and stretched, all taut and shiny. You're not fooling anybody, sweetheart!

Fuck the uptown brothers. They never pass the ball, they don't want to play defense, they take fives steps on every lay-up to the hoop. And then they want to turn around and blame everything on the white man. Slavery ended one hundred and thirty seven years ago. Move the fuck on!

Fuck the corrupt cops with their anus violating plungers and their 41 shots, standing behind a blue wall of silence. You betray our trust!

Fuck the priests who put their hands down some innocent child's pants.

Fuck the church that protects them, delivering us into evil. And while you're at it, fuck JC! He got off easy! A day on the cross, a weekend in hell, and all the hallelujahs of the legioned angels for eternity! Try seven years in fuckin Otisville, Jay!

Fuck Osama Bin Laden, Alqueda, and backward-ass, cave-dwelling, fundamentalist assholes everywhere. On the names of innocent thousands murdered, I pray you spend the rest of eternity with your seventy-two whores roasting in a jet-fueled fire in hell. You towel headed camel jockeys can kiss my royal, Irish ass!

Fuck Jacob Elinski, whining malcontent.

Fuck Francis Xavier Slaughtery, my best friend, judging me while he stares at my girlfriend's ass.

Fuck Naturel Rivera. I gave her my trust and she stabbed me in the back. Sold me up the river. Fucking bitch.

Fuck my father with his endless grief, standing behind that bar. Sipping on club soda, selling whiskey to firemen and cheering the Bronx Bombers.

Fuck this whole city and everyone in it. From the row houses of Astoria to the penthouses on Park Avenue. From the projects in the Bronx to the lofts in Soho. From the tenements in Alphabet City to the brownstones in Park slope to the split levels in Staten Island. Let an earthquake crumble it. Let the fires rage. Let it burn to fuckin ash then let the waters rise and submerge this whole, rat-infested place.

To which the real Monty finally replies, "No. No, fuck you, Montgomery Brogan. You had it all and then you threw it away, you dumb fuck!" I have my own personalized version of the above expletives, but it will be too much of a disclosure for the purposes of this blog. People who have known me will be surprised to witness this side of me. I even surprised my own family.

But I survived this personal crisis (or so I think), and the new year promises a lot of changes brought about by the choices I will make. To those who have known me, don't worry, I won't be harboring the aggressive thoughts that the legendary director Spike Lee has infused in the character of Monty. I know all too well that this mode of thinking leads to no good thing, simply misery.

I have this note from Mark Twain:

"Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do
that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great."

Greatness inspires greatness.

Toward the movie's ending, we are presented with a visual illustration of the voiceover monologue of Monty's father, showing Monty his alternative to jailtime. Those who have seen the movie will agree with me on how moving this scene is, especially when we are drawn to how beautiful and promising Monty's life could be. The scene then fades into his badly beaten face as his father drives on to which we realize that all these has not happened yet! Monty has yet to make his decision, and we are never shown which one he made. I am about to pass the exit on the turnpike and it happens this year...

1 comment:

zedka said...

hi sir!
napadaan lang

welcome to the blogosphere!