If your mail delivery has been suspended due to a lack of clean sidewalks and you weren’t able to flip through the pages of the Medicine Hat News, here’s one article from today’s paper, mine.
Hurrah for Hallmark
I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day nor am I for it but I’d sure support February 14th with a lot more gusto the day it becomes a national statutory holiday. Despite urban rumors that this forced day of love and affection was spurred from the cockle’s of some dude’s heart, the day of love is one with ulterior motives. I personally believe it was a day concocted by the same people who write those sappy lines for card stores or in other words, a make work project.
Now if one only stopped to smell the proverbial roses and not look deeper, we could end this column here and now but you know that’s not the case. If you look past the roses and dip the schnozz well into the vase of Valentine’s Day, you’ll find a hornet’s nest full of mediums all pressuring us to max out the credit cards for the greater good of love.
Maybe I’ve read too many conspiracy books but let’s look at the movie industry, starting with Top Gun. It’s about a bunch of jet fighter pilots with cool nicknames that ride motorbikes with no helmets and would seemingly appear to be a guy’s movie. And then you hear the song ‘Take my Breath Away’ from the soundtrack and you have to question the ‘Aqua Velva’ factor from such a flick. Was this movie really made to appeal to the testosterone of men or was it a vehicle for Berlin and their big love song? With the exception of Valentine’s Day, you never hear that song and for good reason, it stinks.
Let’s take a peek at another flick, say, ‘Footloose’. Kevin Bacon plays the role of a rebel that has the thin lipped actor driving a tractor in the now famous ‘playing chicken with a tractor’ scene. By all accounts, it doesn’t seem like your typical romantic V-Day flick but then you hear ‘Almost Paradise’ by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson and you gotta’ wonder how such a song came to pass as you’re sitting in row two of the movie theatre with the guys from work.
‘Armageddon’. Now this is a flick that suckered any man who owns a denim vest into believing this was a man’s movie. Meteors and rockets, offshore drilling and manly camaraderie, what blue blooded dude wouldn’t want to see this? Even if it does have Ben Affleck in it, the main guy is Bruce Willis, the king of action flicks. It’s a testosterone induced piece of Hollywood until ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ is blasting out of the speakers at which point the movie ushers start handing out boxes of Kleenex en masse.
Much like the ‘i before e except after c’ rule, even a poorly constructed holiday does have an exception or two and in this case, it’s ‘Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man’. Don Johnson, Mickey Rourke and Big John Stud live the life as big bad bikers with hearts of gold. The song in question is none other than Bon Jovi’s ‘Dead or Alive’. Sure, the lyrics are lame, the tempo is slow and the guitar is acoustic but the combination of Jon Jon’s voice backed up by a couple of hogs on the open road makes me want to quip ‘a steel horse I ride’ with pride. I may even slide those 90 minutes into my top loading VHS machine this afternoon.
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