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April 30, 2007 |
Post to the Host:
Every Saturday I listen to your show, and I love it. The program on April 28 from Columbus, GA was especially enjoyable, since I'm a Southern girl. However, I couldn't believe what I was hearing when you started in on the episode about losing bowel control, and I could't believe how long it lasted. Why should a genius at telling a tale, an English major, on a public radio broadcast, resort to bathroom humor? I sincerely hope it doesn't happen again, and I hope other people let you know they didn't like it either.
I'm sorry my first and only "post" to you should be so negative, Garrison. Please don't do toilet material again! You're too good for that.
I'm not too good for toilet humor, dear. I don't ever want to be that good. If I were really really good, I suppose I'd be doing whispery interviews with theologians, but I'm in another line of work. I'm sure you're right, that the droopy-pants story went on too long, but I think there was beauty and grace to it. It was suggested by a commercial I heard on the radio on Thursday, advertising a pharmaceutical and then mentioning that side-effects could include "diarrhea, gassiness, and confusion". So in the story a guy took a drug for his spring allergies and wound up loading his pants every time he sneezed, meanwhile he stepped on a skate which stuck to his foot and he went racing down a hill, collided with a baby carriage, wound up with the baby in his arms, was nearly hit by a truck, and narrowly avoided being run over by a fast train. A Buster Keaton movie, with the addition of diarrhea. Not for everyone, surely. But there were ten-year-old boys in the audience who died laughing.