I want to go on rides. The flume, the teacups, the Tilt-a-Whirl? You know, a big bunch of us on the teacups, with you and me crushed together form the centrifugal force.
I wasn't really wanting to think about us crushed together right then, or about us in a big group, where she might go insane again, so I just looked like, Yeah, The teacups!
And she was still saying, I want to go see things grazing through field glasses. I want to go someplace now. I want to get the hell out of here and visit some Mayan temples. I want you to take my picture next to the sacrificial stone. You know? I want to run down to the beach, I mean, a beach where you can go in the water. I want to have a splashing fight.
I just sat there. Her father was working on something in the basement. It sounded like he had some power tools. Maybe he was drilling, or like, cutting or boring.
She went, They're all sitcom openers.
Everything I think of when I think of really living, living to the full--all my ideas are just the opening credits of sitcoms. See what I mean? My idea of life, it's what happens when they're rolling the credits. My god. What am I, without the feed? It's all from the feed credits. My idea of real life. You know? Oh, you and I share a snow cone at the park. Oh, funny, it's dribbling down your chin. I wipe it off with my elbow. "Also starring Lurna Ginty as Violet." Oh, happy day! Now we go jump in the fountain! We come out of the tunnel of love! We run through the merry-go-round. You're checking the parking with a metal detector! I'm checking the park with a Geiger counter! We wave to the camera!
Except the Mayan ruin.
What about it?
There aren't, I like pointed out, there aren't the sacrificial stones. In sitcoms.
No, she said. That's right. Chalk one up for the home team.
Even though the show presented itself as a straight-ahead narrative there was all this weird stuff like the forgotten daughter and magical machines and Urkel takes over the show.
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