Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mel Brooks is alive and I am out $50

I have to preface this post by saying that I love Mel Brooks. The man is a freaking genius. He makes wonderfully funny films that I have enjoyed for decades. In fact, one of my all time favorite movies, Blazing Saddles, was co-written and directed by Mr. Brooks.

Having said that, I wish he was dead. Okay, before you start casting aspersions and saying things like: OMG, Carolyn is a hateful witch, She is horrible etc., hear me out, people, hear me out.

The other day, Tom and I were talking. Sometimes when we talk, certain people come up in the conversation and, inevitably, one of us will say: so and so dead or alive? Morbid? Sick? Demented? Maybe, but that's how we roll around here.

Usually, I am pretty good about knowing who is dead and who is alive because I have a lot of useless celebrity info in my head. Tom doesn't, so most of the time, I am correct. But then again, most of the I am correct on any given subject. That's a whole matter altogether.

Anyway, I can't even remember how we got on the subject of Mel Brooks but it was "Mel Brooks dead or alive?". Immediately, I said dead because I could have sworn he had died a few years ago. Tom said alive. Of course, I fought him on that one because I was positive.

I bet Tom $5 and he said no, let's make it dinner. We were going to try out a new restaurant in Waynesville the next day. He usually pays since I cook all the time. I didn't want to bet that much but because I was sure old Mel was dead, I made the bet.

There I was doing my happy dance because I was so sure that Mel had gone to meet his maker. Of course, I was a little sad as well because I love the man. How can you not love someone who brought us Young Frankenstein and The Producers? Hello.

We were in bed at the time and I could have waited until morning to verify the info. But something in Tom's voice made me doubt myself. He was so sure. I started sweating a little bit. My hand started shaking. Doubt began clouding my mind. As Tom continued to say that Mel was alive, I started to think I had made a sucker's bet.

Because of this, I immediately got out of bed at 11:30 pm and got online and googled Mel. I was so hoping that Wikipedia would have Mel Brooks (1929-2010) or something like that. Again, don't judge people, don't judge!

But Wiki told me he was still alive. My heart was heavy at this news because I lost the bet. But on the other hand, I was happy to read that one of my all time favorite filmmakers was still alive. I went back to bed a little happy, a little sad and cursing Mel for being alive. Tom was laughing his ass off. I was not pleased.

Let's be honest folks, I am generally a good person. Don't laugh. I try to be good but sometimes the mean girl in me comes out. I am not a horrible person although I am sure you can find a few people who would disagree with that statement. Haters! It's not like I wanted him dead. It was just I was sure he dead and I didn't want to pay for dinner.

I forgot about the bet until around 3:30pm when I decided to email Tom and give him a laugh. I emailed saying: It's 3:30 pm and Mel Brooks is still alive. WTH? It made him laugh, I knew it would because we have a perverse sense of humor. That's how we roll around here.

Ultimately, I got out of the bet by handing over a $50 gas card and pretending our dinner was not going to cost more than that. I sometimes get away with stuff because of my good looks and charm. Okay, okay, most of the time it's because Tom allows me get away with stuff. But oh well.

But in the end, it all worked out because I got a great meal and I didn't have to pay a cent. Alright, I don't have a $50 gas card but that is besides the point. And best of all, Mel Brooks is still alive! WOOOOOOO!

I want to apologize to Mr. Brooks, who I am sure reads my blog (HA!), for thinking he was dead. I am actually very happy he is not. But next time I make a dead or alive bet, I am going to be very careful!

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