So have you heard of this television show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”?
Yeah, turns out it’s been on for 20 years — 20 years!
This past week, I binged the whole thing — well, not the whole series, just the latest season, released early this year, I think.
The funny thing is, they’ve made 10 seasons in 20 years.
No, the funny thing is, I tried watching it — 20 years ago — but the comedy was too painful. But 20 years later, it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
So, if you’ve been under a rock for the last two decades, you might not realize Larry David, who co-created “Seinfeld” a few years later, created this show, and stars in it.
He basically is George from “Seinfeld.” That’s it. It’s 30 minutes of George only.
Back then, I just couldn’t handle 30 minutes of George. Now, for some unknown reason, I absolutely love it.
As everyone knows, George’s character is the complaining, insulting, sometimes mean, short-sighted, angst-ridden character of the show. He’s always getting himself into trouble.
I remember my father once telling my family members that I was the character of George.
I was a bit taken aback. I’m not really down with being that character. It was a bit insulting.
Secretly, I think it’s because I couldn’t make the basketball squad at Grove.
Look, Dad, there were a lot of kids going out for that team, and they were good, and tall.
Yes, yes, I know, Mike made the team. Well he dribbled better, OK? And he could hit free throws.
Regardless, and somewhat freeing, at my youthful age, I have realized exactly what I must embrace for my endgame life mission.
Larry David was 52 when he started making “Curb The Enthusiasm.” And through 10 seasons and 20 years, he makes so many people miserable. Then he tells his friends about it, and they laugh at him.
It’s perfect! My life plan is complete.
I just want all of you to know I won’t be approaching old age as some nice old turkey. Nope.
I intend to be just as miserable to people, just as insulting to people, just as inquisitive about the most mundane things as I possibly can be.! (Pretty much like I’ve always been.)
And then, just like Larry David, I’ll turn around, look back at you, smile and basically pretend like I said nothing bad at all.
Like for instance, this week I might question Podunk surgeons who think they are epidemiology experts, and so cause someone’s Papaw to die a lonely, cold, ventilator death.
A lot of people think because they are a doctor, they are something special. Not really. Doctors are just like every other job. Some of them are amazing, life altering awesome people, and some of them are dangerous to be around.
Some of them are not only brilliant in surgery, but also have a calm bedside manner that puts your elderly Nana at ease.
And then some of them operate on the wrong limb.
Hey look, I’m not criticizing. I would be one of those who forgot which limb.
Buchanan in 1980, taught me that lesson. If you leave the gate open, the cows will get out, and they could (did) die.
I’m not going into any profession that might kill a person.
But rest assured, I am going to continue to be miserably awesome — or awesomely miserable — or something like that.
DAN JACKSON is a self-employed Paris businessman. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.