Can we change?
I've been running for 32 years.
In and out of prison like a junkie jack-in-the-box.
Strength of an ape.
Where was I?
Change rising from
Oh, this doesn't turn out good
Can we change?
Do you know the movie?
What if I add:
I'm Jerri Blank and this is my story, Stranglers with -- Guess we'll never know. Oh, that's me!
"Strangers With Candy." I love this movie. I love the TV show and I wish the movie had used some of the guys from the TV series. But the movie is funny.
And Sarah Jessica Parker probably is the best she's ever been on screen.
This is one of those films that we quote to one another.
In fact, C.I. quoted Sarah Jess at The Common Ills in January. Talking about what was on a radio program, she noted her distaste and then put (in quotes), "Take it up with Les. He's the one who's frigid." :D That made me laugh. (Sarah Jess is the school counselor and when Gerri comes to see her, she tells Jerri she doesn't get a full session because the last guy ran late.)
Jerri's just out of prison, 40-something, and goes home to discover her father's in a coma. To try to bring him out, she does what the doctor says and goes back to high school to finish and make him proud.
Her first day at school, Chuck Noblet (the teacher Stephen Colbert plays) has her stand up and introduce herself to the class.
Hello, I'm Jerri Blank and - and I'm an alcoholic. I'm also addicted to amphetamines as well as main line narcotics. Some people say I have a sex addiction, but I think all those years of prostitution was just a means to feed my ravenous hunger for heroin. It's kinda like the chicken or the nugget. The point is, I'm addicted to gambling. Thank you. . . . Oh, and... my daddy's in a coma.
Her father's remarried while Jerri's been away. Her stepmother loathes her. (And may be younger than Jerri.) Even though the school is across the street, she makes her step-mother drive her to school. Then she doesn't want to get out of the car.
Jerri: What if the kids don't like me? What if I don't fit in?
Sara Blank: What if? The first day of high school is always scary, Jerri. Especially the second time around. Just be yourself and if things don't work out, we'll know where the problem was.
Back to the Sarah Jess scene I quoted from earlier. We've quoted from it at Third.
Jerri: I'm Jerri Blank and my daddy's in a coma.
Peggy: You know what, Jerri? I wish my daddy was in a coma. He's dead, Jerri. He was executed for war crimes but for insurance purposes we say he was eaten by wolves. Anyway, my point is, Jerri, somebody's always got it worse.
That always makes me laugh and, at the end of the scene, Peggy (Sarah Jess) taps on her tip jar (a glass) and forces Jerri to fork over some of her lunch money. :D
I hope you caught all the theme posts last night:
Betty offered "Lenore Kandel and others," Trina offered "Cornelius Eady," Ann offered "5 men," Rebecca discussed "a trip uptown," Ruth offered "Nancy Boutilier," Kat provided a critique via "8 Major Young Poets?," Marcia suffered through "take hold!" (bland poetry, if you haven't read her post yet), Stan attempted to give "Damon Runyon" a fair break, Elaine sampled "Baby Toes" while Mike explored poetry in verse and in song with "Robert Duncan, Graffiti6" while Wally & Cedric continued the theme by offering the Florida primary results in poetic verse "THIS JUST IN! RHYME AND REASON!" & "The poetic primary."
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):