Saturday, March 14, 2009
Finish It Friday: The Sweatpants Redemption
Posted by HandsomeStan
Yes, it's true, ladies and gentlemen - Johnny Sweatpants has thrown off the Curse Of The Haiku to claim the top spot in this week's story competition!
I cannot stress enough that he came within a hair's breadth of coming up short once again, as both AC's and Cat's stories were, blow-by-blow, on equal footing. I belly-laughed an equal amount of times at each one. Brilliance on display from everyone, as usual!
AC, you pretty much had me at "La Pauvre," which showed studiousness and great humor, and also a good devotion to all things Stan, which pretty much almost had me handing you the competition right off the bat. Alas, Cat came on strong, too, with some very powerful imagery. The three guys in MC Hammer pants were vivid; I actually think I remember ripping their tickets. And I agree with JSP, that Twizzler quarterback bit was hilarious! Perhaps Cat, if Derek (ahem, me) had gotten ONE punch in, this may have gone a different way :)
What put Johnny over the edge was actually two things: 1) the title of the movie, "An Agreeable Conversation." Not only is it TOTALLY a movie that only old biddies would go see, but also, I remember working there when The Bridges Of Madison County came out, and there were moments like that every single day. I don't think I ever checked the temps in that theater. Plus, it smelled like church - old people decaying. 2) The moment when Derek is bombarded by every single old person at once. The dialogue positively crackles; it's written so well, I felt I was living the moment. It was like Hollywood scripting - the moment just totally came alive for me.
I was hoping that one of our THREE other Showcase employees on this blog would show up to party. Alas, it was not meant to be. The guest stars in the stories were priceless; I was so hoping for some appearances from Chuck or Peter or Officer Lovitt.
So anyway, well done, Sweatpants! You've earned it! And I must stress that this was a totally unbiased decision - I would've totally broken JSP's heart again if his story didn't totally crack me up. Lucky for him...
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