A while ago I made a goal that my next post about "Cow Country" would finish off my sophomore year of high school and get us to summer time. But I think it is imperative that I demonstrate precisely how bored we were in school. Plus, this stuff cracks me up.
Don't let Minnow's comments fool you. We had a cast of recurring characters and themes we used in our doodles. Like this cuddly little character here called Executioner Bob:
We also had The-boy-who-had-toenail-clippers-growing-out-of-his-head, The-boy-who-had-salamis-for-arms (and his nemesis, Turbo Dog) and a game called "This is you" where we would draw really strange things and then proclaim, "This is you."
We also wrote stories that started with lines like "Once there was a six-year-old Justice of the Supreme Court named Rusty... who's best friend was a marionette named Po-po-po-po-po-po-pa." He drove around on a hotdog cart. Or a story about an ugly girl named Lueka who rode to the La Brea tar pits on a goat that eats children (She was ugly because the goat had attempted to eat her but failed).
In fact, I have a couple of pages of a "Monty Python"-style movie script we wrote about a hero named Shamooka and his loyal friends, Suchi, Buchi and Gaudabaloochi who were on a quest to save Princess Lueka from the Sinister Fenwick and his Brigade of Black-Hearted Munchkins.
We fully intended on making the movie during the summer if someone would have been crazy enough to lend us a camcorder. Here's a sample scene where Shamooka et al. are asking a man (called Wimp) who is the process of being strangled to death by a hangman's noose for directions:
Wimp: "Yes, now I remember. You go west."
Wimp: Yes, west! Not north, not south, not east, not northeast, not southeast, nor northwest nor even southwest. Just west!
Shamooka: "Not even north-northwest?"
Wimp: "No! Go west until you reach a city. From there... go north for quite a ways."
Shamooka: "If we go north from there then why can't we just go north-northwest?"
Wimp: "Because you will surely perish..."
And of course they decide to travel north-northwest. It really sucks you in doesn't it? It's a shame the movie came to fruition.
We had to find humor in the simplest of things. It made me laugh when Minnow would come to class everyday with a corner of a paper dedicated to statements like "I hate Manila," and "I still hate Manila."