A load off my mind
Monday, January 12th, 2004
Watched W.C. Fields in The Bank Dick. Playing Egbert Souse — pronounced with a gleeful French twist as “Sue-zay” — Fields wanders into the Black Pussy Cat Cafe, his favorite bar.
“Um, was I in here last night and spend a twenty dollar bill?” asks Souse.
“Yeah,” says the bartender.
“Oh, boy,” he says, then grins like a baby given its bottle. “What a load that is off my mind.”
After falling out of bed laughing, all I could think was… unfunded US social security liability. Twenty years from now, a befuddled US retiree will stumble into a bar and mutter to the bartender — “Did I spend $2 trillion in here a couple of decades ago?”